After a 16-17 season, the Virginia Tech Hokies have decided to go in a different direction with its basketball program, firing Seth Greenberg. Abandoning all class, the Hokies decided to make the move last week, but only bothered to tell Greenberg today–about 3 hours before an already-announced press conference. This is particularly true when the season has been over for several weeks now.
As such, it is hardly shocking that Greenberg was stunned by the decision:
“I was completely shocked and blindsided by the decision of Jim Weaver and the administration. These past nine years have been some of the most rewarding for me both personally and professionally,” Greenberg told ESPN.com just after 6 p.m. Monday. ” … I appreciate the support from (Virginia Tech) president (Charles W.) Steger, the Hokie Nation, the student body, my coaching staff and all our players. Our program was built on family, trust and relationships. I leave the program in far greater shape than when I was hired nine years ago.”
Greenberg is right. The Hokies ARE in better shape than they were nine years ago.
Still, it has been bubble-season after bubble-season for Virginia Tech under Greenberg. The team never did turn the corner. And this year, they lost sight of the corner completely.
It’s just a shame that the Hokies could not have handled the transition a little classier and smoother. So it goes.