Announcement coming on Seth Greenberg's future at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has been at the center of rumors regarding the St. John's coaching opening, but Athletic Director Jim Weaver said on Friday that there would be an announcement regarding his future at the university later that afternoon.
"I think later this afternoon things will be very clear from the Virginia Tech perspective," Weaver said Friday afternoon in a telephone interview. "Without telling you what, I think you’ll get something that will clarify things."
While Weaver would not comment specifically on the nature of the announcement, Greenberg, who was due to renegotiate his contract with the university on March 31, is expected to stay in Blacksburg.
Greenberg has routinely said that he and his family are happy at Virginia Tech. Two of his daughters currently attend the university and regularly stop by his office to study or join him for lunch. His youngest daughter is in high school in the Blacksburg area.
Last week, St. John's fired its coach, Norm Roberts, and reporters surfaced out of New York that the program would target Greenberg, a Long Island native, as its next coach. St. John's interviewed Georgia Tech Coach Paul Hewitt, who turned down the offer.
In response to questions about the St. John's opening, Greenberg often said, "I'm the coach at Virginia Tech."
Weaver said St. John's had not asked him for permission to interview Greenberg for the opening. Weaver said he heard reports that Greenberg was in New York on Friday, but said he did not believe the coach was meeting with St. John's officials.
"Ive heard that; I don't think its true," Weaver said. "He was in New York for some CBS television shows."
Greenberg has worked as a guest analyst for various television programs in the past.
Messages left for members of St. John's basketball program were not immediately returned.
Regardless of his courtship by other universities, Greenberg was due for a pay raise at Virginia Tech. Two years ago, Greenberg was signed to a six-year contract. The financial terms of that contract were only solidified through the first two years of that deal. Now that those two years have passed, Weaver and Greenberg are due to negotiate the financial terms of the final four years of the coach's contract.
St. John's was reportedly ready to pay its next coach $1.5 million. Weaver would not comment on the details of what Virginia Tech might offer Greenberg, who earned $950,000 last season.
"We think he's done a pretty good job having had four ACC tournament first-round byes in the first six years in the league," Weaver said. "And we think he’s done a very good job of creating basketball passion again at Virginia Tech. And we would like him to continue to be our coach."
And with an announcement forthcoming, there are many signs pointing toward Greenberg retaining his title at Virginia Tech.
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