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Breaking News: Virginia Tech fires Seth Greenberg, remaining assistants

Virginia Tech Athletics Director Jim Weaver announced at a 4 p.m. press conference that Seth Greenberg has been fired.

Weaver, when asked about the decision, said “I’m not going to throw coach Greenberg under the bus, so I’m going to pass on that question.”

The decision was made last week according to Weaver and Greenberg was notified at 1:30 this afternoon. The players were told around 3:30.

There will be no outside search firm hired to find a replacement. The hiring process will be done in house.

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Greenberg: Swindle’s Basketball Career is Likely Over

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg, fresh off agreeing to a revised contract that will keep him in Blacksburg through the 2015-2016 season, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Gene Swindle’s basketball career is likely over because of a nagging knee problem.

Swindle redshirted as a freshman last season. He played 21 seconds in this season’s second game before undergoing knee surgery and missing the rest of the season.

This is not a significant loss at all in terms of points, rebounds, minutes, etc. While it’s unfortunate that a knee injury prevented Gene from realizing his potential at this level, his Swindle’s departure actually frees up a much-needed scholarship for next season. And Gene will keep his scholarship to attend Virginia Tech and earn his degree, however, he won’t be able to play basketball.

Read the entire article: High hopes for Hokies next year, but Malcoln Delaney’s return is key

Niemo’s Notes:

Now two of the three big offseason questions have been answered:

  1. Will Greenberg stay?  (Yes)
  2. Who is the odd man out?  Tech is bringing in two scholarship signees next year, yet only lost one scholarship senior.  So someone either had to leave for pro ball, transfer, stop playing, or a signee had to prep.  (It appears Swindle will be the guy taken off the scholarship count to free up room for both signees – but Gene can still stay on scholarship at VT, just can’t play ball)
  3. Will Delaney stay?  (TBD but likely yes, which would give the Hokies a hat trick here)

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Greenberg Signs Extension, Will Stay at Virginia Tech

Everybody can calm down now. Seth isn’t going anywhere except to his office in the new $25 million basketball practice facility that he helped build. Today, the Virginia Tech athletics department announced that Greenberg agreed to new terms for the remaining four years of his current contract, plus another two years, for a total of six years. The terms were not released today, but will be unveiled in the “next 10 days to two weeks,” according to hokiesports.com.

Judging from the online chatter that began last week, there were some fans that wouldn’t have cared if he left, citing three straight trips to the NIT and only one trip to the NCAA. How quickly people seem to forget the ricky stokes era that ended after four years (1999-2003), a 46-69 record and zero post season appearances.

The Hokies under Greenberg are 132-94 in seven seasons. He’s made four straight post-season appearances (five total) has three 20-win seasons in the last four years. He’s been the ACC Coach of the Year twice, and in the last 24 years, the Hokies have only finished a season with single-digit losses twice, this year (25-9) and the 1995-1996 team (23-6) that won its first-round NCAA tournament game before falling to eventually national champion Kentucky in the second round.

The obligatory quote from Greenberg as found in the news release:

“I am excited to be afforded the opportunity to continue to build the basketball program at Virginia Tech,” Greenberg said. “What makes Virginia Tech so special is the people and their passion for the University. My family has embraced all that the University stands for and I feel this is where I belong.”

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st. john’s Targeting Seth Greenberg to Fill Head Coaching Vacancy

The New York Post reported today that st. john’s red storm head coach Norm Roberts will be let go after six seasons and an 81-100 record. The red storm finished 17-15 this season, and while the 17 wins were the most under Roberts, it was not enough to keep his job.

st. john’s will look to hire a “proven winner” according to the Post and at the top of the list is Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg, who is a Long Island native and two-time ACC Coach of the Year.

Also on the red storm’s coaching wish list are hofstra’s Tom Pecora, siena’s Fran McCaffery, iona’s Kevin Willard and harvard’s Tommy Amaker.

Greenberg (343-262 overall, 130-92 at Tech) is a program builder and has turned a listless Virginia Tech program into a perennial overachiever in the ACC. In four of his six seasons in the ACC (his first season was in the Big East), the Hokies have earned a first-round bye in the ACC tournament. They have signature wins over No. 1 wake forest (2009) and unc (2007).

In his first season in the ACC, Greenberg led the Hokies to a 16-14 overall record, but more impressively, he led the team to an 8-8 conference record after being picked to finish dead last. For his efforts, Greenberg earned ACC Coach of the Year. Four years later, he earned the distinction again after a 21-14, 9-7 season.

Before the 2008-2009 season, Virginia Tech signed Greenberg to a contract extension that would keep him in Blacksburg as the Hokies’ coach through the 2013-14 season. Leaving Southwest Virginia would likely be a tough decision for the Greenberg as his three daughters have spent the last seven years in Blacksburg. Paige, 21, is a senior at Tech and Ella, 18, is a freshman cheerleader.  Plus, his brother Brad is just up the road at radford.

Not exactly the kind of news we like to report on the day of VT’s first ACC Tournament game, but this is a story we will have to monitor over the next few weeks as rumors persist.  And it is nice to have a coach that is in demand.

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Greenberg Hits Half-court Hook Shot in Practice

Read into it what you will, but this was freaking awesome! ESPN’s PTI Show will probably show this tonight at 5:30.

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Video from Late Night with the Hokies | 10.16.09

Remember midnight madness? Man, that used to be so much fun. Yeah, well, they don’t do that any more. Now it’s called “Late Night with the Hokies.” It’s kinda lame sounding, but for die hard Tech Hoops fans, it’s the fix we need until the season starts on Nov. 15.

The format last night was disorganized to say the least. To be honest, the most entertaining part of the evening was watching the Virginia Tech women’s volleyball team stomp Georgia Tech, 3-0. Hopefully it was sign of things to come tonight at 6 p.m.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced one at a time as they ran out of the tunnel through the smoke machine. Women’s coach Beth Dunkenberg and men’s coach Seth Greenberg addressed the crowd. (Seth’s speech is included in the video below.) The women had a dance routine, which was mildly entertaining, followed by the men’s performance, which was kinda funny too. The freshmen men and women paired up for a Dancing with the Stars contest, which Ben Boggs and his partner won. There were some fan contests mixed in, too.

There was no game. No practice. There was a three-point contest between two women’s players and two men’s players (Malcolm Delaney beat Dorenzo Hudson easily, 30-19). The dunk contest was interesting — they lowered one hoop to five feet so some little kids could dunk. The kids would do a dunk and then the men’s team would have to duplicate it at the other end on the regulation net. The kids won 4-2.

They played some two ball and by that time it was after 10 p.m., and people started leaving because, well, it was getting late and the night was dragging on. It was supposed to end at 10. All that being said, most people seemed to have a good time and the players, to their credit, embraced the silliness of the whole thing and made the most of it. And as a dad with a son who loves Virginia Tech basketball, it was nice to be able to go this family friendly version of midnight madness.

Late Night with the Virginia Tech Hokies from Gary Cope on Vimeo.

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Cadarian Raines Breaks Foot; Will Miss First Eight Weeks

According to Virginia Tech men’s head basketball coach Seth Greenberg’s Twitter feed, 6’9″ freshman forward Cadarian Raines will miss the first eight weeks of the season after breaking his foot today. I’m not sure how much the Hokies were planning to rely on Raines and his size this season, but at the very least, he’s out eight weeks of valuable practice and conditioning.

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Greenberg Picks Up Another COY Award

Tech Head Coach Seth Greenberg was named the Virginia Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year, as voted on by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID). Greenberg also earned the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year honor following the end of the regular season in which the Hokies finished fourth in the ACC. They were picked to finish 10th in the preseason.

Read more at HokieSports.com.

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