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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  • by To Pirate fan Location: Washington on Dec 2, 2009 at 03:27 AM
    No, No, No, No.... PLEASE do not say this, as Coach is staying. I realize every coach wants to "promote", but we have a good thing going. Skip is staying, and we will continue with our winning ways. C-USA is not the ACC, SEC, Big East,etc, etc, but it is our own little piece of heaven. Wish Coach Groh the best, but LEAVE our coach alone. He is where he belongs!!!
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 29, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    No Surprise. He came to Virginia and recruited extremely well, but when he couldn't do anything with the vast amount of talent he brought in even the recruiting dried up. Biggest mistake he made was falling in love with the running quarterback. This guy had Matt Schaub in his program and kept him on the bench for years while playing scampering idiots who couldn't throw a football through a barn door from 5 yards. He deserves to get fired for that alone. Good riddens Al.
  • by Pirate Fan on Nov 29, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    IT was great having you in greenville skip. Good Luck in the ACC
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