A 40-year-old graduate of Powhatan High and Ferrum College, Johnson spent the last five seasons as a Virginia Tech assistant under
The bizarre twist is that Johnson's and other assistant's resignations contributed to Greenberg's downfall.
South Carolina media such as Tiger Illustrated's Larry Williams started the buzz this morning, and CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman confirmed shortly before noon.
Reached on his cell phone earlier this morning, Johnson said he was in a staff meeting.
As of 12:30 p.m., Virginia Tech had not announced any hiring or alerted media of a news conference. But sources at Clemson and Tech confirmed the Hokies' decision.
Johnson is an effective recruiter whose hiring will comfort current players and incoming recruits and likely prevent the transfers that accompany many coaching transitions. Rising junior forward Cadarian Raines tweeted, "throwing a party tonight" after the news broke.
The overriding question about Johnson is his lack of head-coaching experience. In the last 20 years, only two
As an Atlantic 10 program, Virginia Tech went the assistant route in 1999 with Ricky Stokes and fired him after three losing seasons in four years. But Stokes, a
Johnson understands the school and its athletic and academic cultures. That's an invaluable foundation for any head coach, especially a rookie.
What Johnson will need is an assistant who's been a head coach, one he respects and who can help him navigate the job's administrative and management responsibilities.
Much more to come today and this week on athletic director Jim Weaver's decision.
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