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Virginia Tech Fires Seth Greenberg

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- Virginia Tech men's head basketball coach Seth Greenberg was fired on Monday after nine seasons with the team.

Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver notified Greenberg two and a half hours before he held a press conference.  Greenberg had thought he was receiving a call about the resignation of Weaver, but that was not the case.

"People thought I was hanging up my cleats but that was not the intention at all," Weaver said of the purpose for Monday's news conference. "[Assistant athletic director Tom Gabbard and I] decided last week that we needed to go in another direction in our men's basketball program and we have terminated coach Seth Greenberg's tenure as our basketball coach."

The Hokies were 15-16 this past season, including 4-12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"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.

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