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Posted at 9:48 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Is Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg the ACC coach of the year?

By Mark Giannotto

Ever since the Hokies pulled off the weekend's biggest upset, getting a much-needed signature victory over No. 1 Duke, it seems more and more folks have begun to notice the job Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has done this season in the face of a wave of injuries.

Despite losing two key contributors before the year even began (senior J.T. Thompson and sophomore Allan Chaney), another two in mid-December (senior Dorenzo Hudson and sophomore Cadarian Raines, and a fifth player to transfer following the fall semester (sophomore Ben Boggs), the Hokies (19-8, 9-5) sit alone in fourth place in the ACC and appear to be on the cusp of their first NCAA tournament berth since 2007.

The way he's adopted a zone defense and kept his players focus away from all the injuries could be the greatest strategic and motivational accomplishments of Greenberg's eight-year tenure in Blacksburg. As a result, Yahoo named Greenberg its ACC coach of the year Sunday.

The article also has senior Malcolm Delaney as a first team all-ACC selection and senior Jeff Allen as a second team all-ACC selection. For the record, if we're only including one Virginia Tech player on the all-ACC first team, my choice would be Allen.

But the question I pose to you is, who deserves to win ACC coach of the year when the league's end-of-year awards are named following the conclusion of the regular season? Keep in mind, Greenberg has won the award twice before, in 2005 and 2008.

By Mark Giannotto  | February 28, 2011; 9:48 AM ET
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Hey Mark- just wanted to say that you've been doing a good job this year on the VT beat. I appreciate the coverage.

Posted by: MyOpinionIs | February 28, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

i second that. no offense to the last guy, but this year's coverage has been great.

Posted by: 3tripleiii | February 28, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Guess that makes UVA Coach Bennett everybody other than Yahoo Coach of Year since his talent challenged team beat VaTech, not once, but twice...

Posted by: iceman219 | February 28, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Greenberg is definitely coach of the year in the ACC. I agree that Allen deserves first team, and Delaney second. Delaney has been a great player for Tech, but he has been disappearing in all the big games lately.

Posted by: RobTinVA | February 28, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Greenberg has done more with less this year. It was a joke that 10-6 in the ACC did not get Tech into the NCAA's last year. The Hokies responded, even with the player losses. I could not be prouder!

Just sign me HokieDadHokie

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | February 28, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Steve Lavin should be The Coach of the Year for all of college BBall. Amazing job he's done with the same group from last year that won about 6 games in the BEast.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | February 28, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I'd say Greenberg has a great chance at ACC Coach of the Year, but there are still games to be played.

I'd like to see the Hokies win some of their remaining games on their schedule, in the ACC tournament, and in the NCAA tournament before we start heaping on the post-season awards.

There's still a lot of basketball to be played. Va Tech has some great talent this year, and a great coach, but now is no time to reflect on the year -- it's more a time to focus on winning more games!

Posted by: postfan1 | March 1, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

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