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In this Feb. 12, 2012, photo provided by Virginia Tech sports information, Virginia Tech associate head basketball coach James Johnson applauds during the team's game against Boston College in Blacksburg, Va. A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Monday, April 30, 2012, that Johnson will replace Seth Greenberg after serving as his assistant for five years. (AP Photo/Virginia Tech, Michael Shroyer)
Photo by: Michael Shroyer
In this Feb. 12, 2012, photo provided by Virginia Tech sports information, Virginia Tech associate head basketball coach James Johnson applauds during the team's game against Boston College in Blacksburg, Va. A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Monday, April 30, 2012, that Johnson will replace Seth Greenberg after serving as his assistant for five years. (AP Photo/Virginia Tech, Michael Shroyer)

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