VaTech: Greenberg out

A major press conference has been scheduled for 4pm EST this afternoon in Blacksburg, Virgina.

Twitter is all abuzz with rumors that Hokie head basketball coach, Seth Greenberg, has been fired…including this tweet just moments ago from Hokies Journal:

CBSSports.com just posted this:

Virginia Tech will announce at a 4 p.m. press conference that Seth Greenberg won’t continue as its men’s basketball coach, according to a report from Daily Press columnist David Teel.

Greenberg told CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman earlier Monday that he didn’t believe the scheduled press conference was about him. Multiple attempts by CBSSports.com to reach Greenberg after Teel’s report published have not been successful. Virginia Tech has neither confirmed nor denied the report. Greenberg has not returned voicemails or text messages in the past hour.

Greenberg, 56, just completed his ninth season at Virginia Tech. He’s only made one NCAA tournament while compiling a 167-117 record, and, it should be noted, that all three of his assistants — plus his director of basketball operations — left the program after this season. James Johnson left for Clemson and John Richardson moved to Old Dominion. Robert Ehsan and director of basketball operations Jeff Wulbrun both left for UAB.

Due to the odd timing of this announcement, there is some reason to speculate that more is going on here than is currently being reported. For example, there are scenarios where ‘Greenberg will not remain as VPI’s head basketball coach’, but would remain at Virginia Tech. Look no further than NC State who actually PROMOTED the least successful basketball coach in our program’s history in the mid-1990s when Les Robinson moved into the athletics administration only to later serve as the University’s Athletics Director.

There are also scenarios where things happen behind the scenes about which the rest of the world never really learns – ie recruiting issues, academic issues, behavior of players off the court, etc? Look no further than the events behind the scenes of Dino Gaudio’s ouster at Wake Forest that were not made public at or since his firing.

It is worth noting that Greenberg has not used his Twitter account since April 16th.

SFN just re-tweeted the following from David Teel

RT @DavidTeelatDP Greenberg’s record at VT: 170-123. ACC 61-67. One NCAA in 9 years. Buyout $1.2 mil for remaining 4 years of contract.

Another strange component of this developing situation is the manner in which VPI is ‘promoting’ this press conference. Usually press conferences that discuss a firings are scheduled quickly and without much ‘fanfare’; but, this PC is literally being ‘promoted’ by VPI outlets with a different style of communication. For example, check out this screenshot from the VPI sports website.

As much as I always wanted to ‘love’ Greenberg and his fire, passion and candor, I was never able to divorce myself from the public criticisms he made of NC State’s fan base when we were mired in the ‘Herb Sendek decade’. As SFN’s Jeff blogged in this entry in February of 2007:

As likable as Greenburg is, his propensity to publicly comment on NC State’s coaching situation (Herb Sendek) last year really rubbed me the wrong way. He talked A LOT on Fox Sports radio, etc about the situation in Raleigh and was too critical of Wolfpackers for my liking. IMHO, he would have been better served to have kept his mouth shut. In 2005, Greenberg defeated a deep and experienced Wolfpack coached Herb Sendek in their first battle in Cassell Coliseum. In 2007, Greenberg lost to a thin and inexperienced Wolfpack team coached by Sidney Lowe. I guess I don’t blame him for loving Sendek so much.

Stay tuned to SFN and SFN’s message forums for more on this as it develops.

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43 Responses to VaTech: Greenberg out

  1. packbackr04 04/23/2012 at 3:09 PM #

    do they have any PF or C recruits we could poach?

  2. Sweet jumper 04/23/2012 at 3:19 PM #

    He gave us hell when HWSNBN left(was not fired) and now he is going to be fired. Karma is bitch Seth.

  3. WTNY 04/23/2012 at 3:21 PM #

    From the CBSSports article:

    “… it should be noted, that all three of his assistants — plus his director of basketball operations — left the program after this season.”

    That was not a good sign.

  4. mikeak01 04/23/2012 at 3:35 PM #

    I realize the following is far-fetched but is the only reason I could think of promoting this.

    Not only are they announcing his resignation / firing / change of jobs but they are also announcing the new hire….

    With the assistants leaving that makes this even more far-fetched (easy to promote the long time assistant quietly and just do a one year “interim” thing).

    But why else promote this? And the timing – really? Is it because they are hoping it is so late now the recruits won’t go anywhere else……

    Finally does VT have any great recruits we may hope for now :)

  5. StateFans 04/23/2012 at 3:38 PM #

    I’m just going to say it — he was a prick and I don’t feel bad at all for him losing his job.

    ….and neither does his former star player.

    https://twitter.com/#!/Cool_Jallen/status/194513936001941504

  6. packpigskinfan23 04/23/2012 at 3:41 PM #

    Comment removed due to my ignorance. I apologize.

  7. Clarksa 04/23/2012 at 3:47 PM #

    ^you’re not alone in thinking that after watching twitter responses…but you’re also one of the many that do not know that he has Parkinsons.

  8. ADVENTUROO 04/23/2012 at 3:47 PM #

    http://www.hokiesports.com/mbasketball/recaps/20120423aaa.html

    GONE….Search begins for replacement. Technically, based on ONE article, the LAST assistant coach has NOT left, but is negotiating with ODU for a return to his old job.

    Sounds like the AD had an “AHA” moment this morning. Supposedly Coach G was hosting a recruit and going about his job as usual and maybe did not even find out until after lunch.

    Reminds me of the old days when we would take plant managers to lunch on Friday and NEVER bring them back.

    It happens. According to DG, this season was only the second, until today, when there had NOT been an ACC BB coaching change (don’t remember it he included football in that of if it was strictly BB).

    So the odds caught up with Coach G. Maybe they will hire another follically (sp?) challenged individual….one who is currently out west and would like, as well as his fans, to be closer to home.

  9. JEOH2 04/23/2012 at 3:47 PM #

    Again…why so late…firing him immediately after the season would have been very understandable…

    but the MOST curious part about this is Jeff Allen’s public comments…that tells you that this program has been in disarray longer then we’ve known…

    I won’t miss Greenburg except for his forwardness, expressions, and Selection Sunday rants…

  10. StateFans 04/23/2012 at 3:52 PM #

    Greenberg coached at VPI for 9 years. He criticized NC State fans for giving Herb Sendek 10 years before Sendek CHOSE to leave. #karma

  11. Codebrown 04/23/2012 at 3:55 PM #

    He’s the next Dicky V waiting in the wings. All you gotta do is stick him in front of a basketball game and broadcast. Instant gold.

    I will miss beating his VT team like a drum over his whole tenure though.

  12. Pack1997 04/23/2012 at 3:56 PM #

    I read an article a few weeks ago about his brother receiving NCAA sanctions while coaching Radford. Radford is right down the road. Furthermore G’s brother was banned from coaching for 5 years so it had to be serious. I wonder if Seth has been implicated in some way.

  13. Wufpacker 04/23/2012 at 4:13 PM #

    ^ Improper benefits. And he was one of his little bro’s assistants at VT prior to taking the Radford job.

  14. JeremyH 04/23/2012 at 4:31 PM #

    I don’t really remember or care that he criticized wolfpack fans. What I do remember is that this guy was on the bubble–on the wrong side of the bubble–more times than anyone else I can think of. I guess that situation was a cautionary tale for our current coach, having gone out and really strengthened the OOC schedule, because of how much in-conference suck there has been in the ACC the last few years.

  15. ADVENTUROO 04/23/2012 at 4:45 PM #

    I fully understand Jim Weaver’s health issues. He needs all the assistance he can get to work his way through it. However, it looks like he might have hired Lee Fowler to advise him on how to run a BB coach search. Timing, unless he has a GOOD coach already lined up really sucks. Not particularly a VT fan, but Seth did have some bad luck. Unless Weaver pulls a rabbit (SS or the like) out of his hat, next year will be even worse with the transfers and the recruiting losses. Folks (fans) might NOT be too sympathetic then.

    If the issues that appeared to come out today were something that JUST happened (like a Petrino motorcyle accident), then that would be one thing. However, the ability of Coach Greenberg to manage staff is something that has been known for a LONG time.

    VT fans are probably as fanatical as we are and will NOT be happy unless he gets Shaka and the odds of that are about as good as me winning the powerball lottery. However, the OTHER news today was that Norm Teague of VCU fame just accepted the AD job at MN. SO, maybe SS IS on the market. Doubt it. He probably has more say so in the new AD than does the VCU Chancellor…..BUT stranger things have happened.

  16. Lunatic Fringe 04/23/2012 at 5:09 PM #

    Honestly, what took so long? I thought he was dead man walking after going 1 and 7 in the month of January.

    Apparently, so did his staff who jumped ship as fast as humanly possible.

  17. Hawkeye Whitney 04/23/2012 at 5:17 PM #

    I agree with CodeBrown. Seth’s future is behind the broadcast booth. He is a much better talker than coach. Considering his mediocrity on the court, it is no surprise that he would make it a point to defend mediocrity elsewhere.

    Hey, since we took a chance on Sid, maybe Dell Curry will be their next coach. It would be roughly the same reasoning.

  18. JEOH2 04/23/2012 at 5:22 PM #

    Seth did a very good job of analysis during the tourny…maybe that was his “audition”…

    I’d be happy to see VPI land a good coach…never had an issue with their fans or school…in fact they empathize with us having to deal w/ UVA…

  19. 74wolf 04/23/2012 at 5:27 PM #

    Hope they go after Dell Curry…and not Bobby Lutz!!!

  20. pack76 04/23/2012 at 5:37 PM #

    Maybe they’ll go after Herb S. We’d have a good time with that one.

  21. ADVENTUROO 04/23/2012 at 5:41 PM #

    Maybe Bobby Lutz was approached last week? SOMETHING lead to his promotion. If this was in the works a few weeks ago, then an announcement at the End of Season Banquet would have been a great place to “showcase” it.

    Bobby is obviously a valuable commodity. On the other hand, maybe Coach G and AD Yow recognized that and did a pre-emptive move to keep him.

    Whatever the case or the timing or the reason, his promotion was MUCHLY deserved and we are lucky to have him helping out Coach G. He reminds me of how the Aphabet man helped Jimmy V.

    The VT search will be interesting to watch.

  22. highstick 04/23/2012 at 5:52 PM #

    Seth, how does it feel to be called a “fuck head” now? I’ve know more than one assistant of his that got tired of his foul mouth!

    Likeable? You’ve got to be kidding!

  23. 61Packer 04/23/2012 at 5:53 PM #

    Maybe Alan Bristow is still out there somewhere. Don DeVoe is probably past his prime by now.

    The only surprising thing to me is that Greenberg came within one season of matching Sendek’s decade of futility here. If he’d been at a school like UNC, Maryland, FSU, Miami or maybe Duke, I would’ve hoped he’d gotten a lifetime contract. I like VT better than most other ACC schools, and wish them well in their search.

    And as far as that search is concerned, I’d start with the CAA.

  24. highstick 04/23/2012 at 6:00 PM #

    I guess the moderating software didn’t like me using Seth’s favorite vulgarism that he called his assistants, huh?

    Greenburg is a jerk and there’s more than one assistant that will attest to that including one of my little buds!

  25. James 04/23/2012 at 6:00 PM #

    Looking forward to the sermons to come from the likes of Jay Bilas, Seth Davis, and Gary Parrish on how the Hokies need to accept their place in the ACC.

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