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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 11:39 pm | Updated: 9:16 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

BLACKSBURG — The road has been long for 41-year-old Virginia Tech basketball coach James Johnson, and it’s taken him all over the Commonwealth as he cut his teeth as an assistant coach for nearly 20 years. During that time, Johnson made stops at Ferrum, his alma mater, along with Longwood, Hargrave, Old Dominion, George Mason and finally Tech.

But given the opportunity to savor his first victory as a head coach — Saturday’s 80-62 romp of overmatched East Tennessee State in front of 6,632 at Cassell Coliseum — Johnson responded just as you’d might expect a coach to respond.

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