Decision Week

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Soon, all eyes will be on the status of James Johnson as Tech's head coach.
Soon, all eyes will be on the status of James Johnson as Tech’s head coach.

By the end of this week, Hokie fans should know if James Johnson is going to be Tech’s coach next year.

In just two days, the Hokies, who finished last (or tied for last) in the ACC for the third consecutive season, will play against Miami in a game pitting 15th-seeded Tech against the #10-seeded Hurricanes.

The Hokies are unlikely to make much of a run in the ACC Tournament, and really, even if they do, it shouldn’t change the conversation. Tech has lost 16 out of 17 games in the 2014 calendar year. If you want to go back to when they were 7-3 after defeating Miami on December 8th, the Hokies have gone 2-18 in the three months since then.

2 and 18. The two wins were victories over 6-23 Maryland Eastern Shore and a Miami Hurricanes team that didn’t show up, making just 6 of their first 41 shots on their way to a 25.9% shooting day.

The program is in freefall.

There is no dressing it up with excuses about youth and injuries, and no putting a smiley face on it with comments about switching to a zone defense and slowing down the tempo, making the team more competitive in the aftermath of four straight 20-points losses in late January/early February.

This team has lost in every way imaginable, and the key point is that they have lost. Over and over and over again.

And you can tell that they no longer think they can win. On Saturday against Georgia Tech, the Jackets threw two alley-oop dunks down on the Hokies in a span of 30 seconds to go up 50-33, then hit a jumper with 9:45 left to extend it to 52-33.

By this time, Georgia Tech then was in yuck-it-up mode, a place too many teams have been against the Hokies this season. But the Jackets