Virginia Fires Head Football Coach Al Groh

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia has fired Al Groh after nine seasons as football coach at his alma mater.

Groh's dismissal Sunday comes less than 24 hours after the Cavaliers (3-9, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) finished their worst season since going 2-9 in 1982 with a 42-13 loss to rival Virginia Tech.

Virginia lost its final six games and finished with a losing record for the third time in four years. Groh beat Virginia Tech just once in nine games during his tenure.

The decline was especially felt at home games, where the Cavaliers average attendance had dropped by 13,600 in two seasons heading into Saturday afternoon's game against the Hokies.

That game drew a season-high 58,555 fans, nearly half rooting for the Hokies.

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