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Hokies Release Coach James Johnson

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Virginia Tech has released James Johnson from his head coaching duties at the university.

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New athletics Director Whit Babcock made the announcement today and said the search for the schools next coach would "begin immediately."

Johnson was at the helm of the Hokies for just two seasons. Whit Babcock released this statement regarding Coach Johnson's release.  "I want to thank Coach Johnson for his dedication and hard work for our university and our basketball program over the past seven years," Babcock said. "A change of this significance affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change and a new direction was necessary for the long term, best interest of our department."

MORE FROM THE AP:
Virginia Tech has fired men's basketball coach James Johnson.

The school announced Monday that Johnson has been relieved of his duties after two seasons leading the Hokies.

Virginia Tech (9-22, 2-16) finished last in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference for the second year in a row. Their season ended in a 57-53 loss to Miami in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday.

Before becoming head coach, Johnson spent the previous five seasons on the Tech staff, serving as an assistant from 2007-2011 before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2012-13 season. He had accepted an assistant coaching position at Clemson on April 13, 2012, but returned to Blacksburg soon thereafter to take the head coaching position previously held by Seth Greenberg.

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