March 13, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- When James Johnson took over as Virginia Tech's men's basketball coach after last season, he looked at his roster with only eight scholarship players and still made the decision: he wants the Hokies to run.
The first-time head coach is confident he has the players to make it work, and his upbeat, positive approach has leaders like Erick Green and Jarell Eddie believing in it, too.
Johnson replaced Seth Greenberg, who was fired after nine seasons. Johnson was hired three weeks after he made a lateral move to coach at Clemson.
He says the running style plays to the Hokies' strengths of speed and athleticism. It's also what he played during his career, and what he's taught at several stops in 19 years as an assistant coach.