[...] Johnson said he was re-energized in the two-plus years since he was fired by the Nets. He saw the college basketball machine work up close with the recruitment and freshman season of his son Avery Johnson Jr. at Texas A&M last season.
Johnson Jr. will remain an Aggie, his father said. There are no plans for him to transfer to the SEC program his father now coaches.
"He's excited for me in this new challenge," Johnson said of his son. "He's always wanted me to coach in college. He didn't want me to go back to the NBA. ... my whole family got a chance to meet coach Battle and Mr. St. John. So it was more than just my decision. It was a family decision and my kids were really pushing me to do this. As excited as I was, they were five times as excited."