Reports: Hokies hire James Johnson

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Reports: Hokies hire James Johnson

Virginia Tech has hired former Hokies assistant James Johnson to replace Seth Greenberg as head basketball coach, according to multiple media reports.

Greenberg spent nine seasons as the Virginia Tech head coach with one NCAA tournament appearance.

It's reported that Johnson has accepted the position less than two weeks after leaving Virginia Tech for an assistant job at Clemson. Johnson informed Clemson that he would be accepting the Virginia Tech job after interviewing over the weekend.

Before Greenberg was fired on April 24, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said he had tried to persuade Johnson to stay by matching his salary offer from Clemson. But Johnson declined, telling Weaver it wasn't about the money.

Johnson, a Virginia native, worked as an assistant at George Mason, Penn State, College of Charleston, Elon and Old Dominion before coming to Virginia Tech in 2007.

Johnson will try to keep the Hokies' top recruits, Marshall Wood from Lynchburg, Va., and Montrezl Harrell from Tarboro, N.C. They would join returning guard Erick Green, forward Cadarian Raines and Dorian Finney-Smith.

The Hokies will look to improve their 16-17 overall record, 4-12 in the ACC.

Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

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Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

The Maryland men’s lacrosse team is returning to the national championship game for a third straight year.

The Terrapins held on to beat Denver, 9-8, in the national semifinals Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Maryland’s Connor Kelly scored the go-ahead goal with 8:41 to go and the Terps defense held tight to preserve the victory.

Kelly scored three goals to pace Maryland on offense. The Terps led 4-1 in the first half and 5-3 at halftime before Denver tied it up at 8-8 with 10 minutes remaining ahead of what proved to be the game winner.

In the final two minutes, both teams had goals waved off because of crease violations – one from Maryland's Colin Heacock with 1:28 remaining and a second from Denver's Connor Donahue with 9.2 seconds left.

Maryland will now play Ohio State in the national championship game at 1 p.m. ET Monday. The Buckeyes beat Towson, 11-10, in the earlier semifinal Saturday.

For the Terps, the game will mark their 14th national title game appearance, though they haven’t won it since 1975. Since then, Maryland has finished as runner-ups nine straight times (1976, 1979, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), including four times in the past six years.

The Terps fell 10-5 to Denver (2015) and 14-13 in overtime to North Carolina (2016) in the last two national title games.

In addition to the 1975 title, Maryland also won it in 1973. They also finished as runner-ups in 1971 and 1974.

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team will be playing in their own national championship game Sunday, against Boston College. The Terps beat Penn State, 20-10, Friday night, and Boston College rallied to beat Navy, 16-15.

The Maryland women’s team has won 12 national championships, most recently in both 2014 and 2015.

Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis, to transfer and play football at Maryland

Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis, to transfer and play football at Maryland

For almost two decades, Ray Lewis was one of the main attractions when it came to football in Maryland. Now, another Lewis will have the chance to make a name for himself in the Old Line State.

Rayshad Lewis, Ray's son, announced Monday on his Twitter that he'll be transferring to College Park to play for the Terps. He'll be able to debut for DJ Durkin's team in 2018 after sitting out next season.

As a true freshman at Utah State last year, Lewis had nearly 500 receiving yards on 40 catches. Eight of those grabs went for 20-plus yards, and he found the end zone twice for the Aggies. 

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