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Al Groh out as defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech

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Allowing 30 points a game and ranking among the worst defenses in the country through six games has been officially enough to cost Al Groh his job as Georgia Tech’s defensive coordinator.

In a release Monday afternoon, Paul Johnson announced that Groh’s services would no longer be required, effective immediately. Groh was in the middle of his third season with the Yellow Jackets after a nine-year tenure as Virginia’s head coach.

Georgia Tech has allowed an average of 46 points in its last three games (all losses). In defensive categories this season, the Yellow Jackets ranked 107th in total yards allowed, 109th in passing yards allowed, 89th in rushing yards allowed, 91st in points per game, 92nd in yards per game and 93rd in touchdowns allowed.

Below is a statement from Groh. A successor has not yet been named.

“The Institute has decided to go in a different direction, which I respect. I appreciate all the help and input from (assistant defensive coaches) Charles Kelly, Joe Speed and Andy McCollum, and the effort of all the players.

“I aimed to give the best that I had every day. It’s been an honor to be a part of the legacy of Georgia Tech football. I feel positive that this is a good time in life to move on to a new situation.”

Johnson is set to address the media today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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10 Responses to “Al Groh out as defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech”
  1. ducej11 says: Oct 8, 2012 3:29 PM

    The Buffalo Bills could use a new defensive coordinator, I mean seriously, it can’t get much worse. They did hire Gailey after he was fired from a few jobs one of which was head coach of Georgia Tech.

  2. steeler1nation says: Oct 8, 2012 3:33 PM

    bout time!
    how this guy keeps getting major coaching jobs is beyond me — he’s a vastly overrated coach. Was at UVA, and really was terrible for GaTech. I was dumbfounded when they hired him. What were they thinking?!?

  3. spudvol says: Oct 8, 2012 4:35 PM

    Copy should have been-

    With every college student’s life there comes a time to Groh up and move on. That time came for Al today….

  4. florida727 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:00 PM

    Groh has had EIGHTEEN (18) coaching jobs since 1967. He must be doing something right.

    At 68 years of age, Coach, why not just retire and enjoy the view from the cheap seats?

    Funny how he gets ripped by the “fans”. Wonder if the same critics were riding him in 2002 and 2007? You know, when he won those “ACC Coach of The Year” awards at Virginia. Oh yeah, he also owns a Super Bowl ring. Interesting how when you’ve got the athletes, you’re a coaching genius, but when the players aren’t quite as gifted, they want to run you out of town. Good luck, Coach, regardless of what you choose to do.

  5. queenlivekillers says: Oct 8, 2012 5:41 PM

    It had to happen. Georgia Tech’s option is scoring points, but the defense is hampering the team’s success. Maybe it is not all Al Groh’s fault, but the (defensive) buck stops at his desk.

  6. steeler1nation says: Oct 8, 2012 6:40 PM

    “florida727 says:
    Oct 8, 2012 5:00 PM
    Groh has had EIGHTEEN (18) coaching jobs since 1967. He must be doing something right.

    ******
    actually, no, Florida727 – that just shows the nepatism in college coaching, it’s a “good ole boys” network…much like the lazy politicians in Washington, D.C. — they’ll always have a job to fall back on because they know somebody. They look out for each other, whether qualified or not.
    Groh is a FAILURE. Sorry, it’s true: look at his overall record. Look at the stats of Ga. Tech’s Defense. If he wasn’t a failure, he wouldn’t have been fired.

  7. mogogo1 says: Oct 8, 2012 7:01 PM

    florida727 says:

    Wonder if the same critics were riding him in 2002 and 2007?
    ____________________

    That’s a LONG time ago in football years. The current high school seniors they’re hoping to lure to Georgia Tech were in middle school when he won that award in 2007 and elementary school when the 2002 award happened. They could care less what happened back then, but they will care about the team giving up 40+ points per game right now.

    They gave him 2 1/2 seasons and his defenses never were better than horrible. Hard to argue with this decision.

  8. 11inthebox says: Oct 8, 2012 8:00 PM

    @florida727 who says:

    Funny how he gets ripped by the “fans”. Wonder if the same critics were riding him in 2002 and 2007? You know, when he won those “ACC Coach of The Year” awards at Virginia. Oh yeah, he also owns a Super Bowl ring. Interesting how when you’ve got the athletes, you’re a coaching genius, but when the players aren’t quite as gifted, they want to run you out of town.
    ————————–
    Well said.

  9. dmvtransplant says: Oct 9, 2012 9:56 AM

    @ florida727

    Seriously Dude you bring up the Super Bowl ring? He was a positions coach, not a coordinator. And he was coaching guys like LT at the time, in a scheme he didn’t even think up Belichick came up with it. Hell when he was with the Browns Nick Saban only let him do film & get coffee. Had Brett Favre not won Super Bowl 36, Groh would have another ring for being a positions coach and PC’s are the same things as head coachs, just ask any Colorado fan.

  10. mhalt99 says: Oct 9, 2012 1:55 PM

    love or hate Groh all you want but….you guys sound like complete morons when you discount position coaches. they make a HUGE difference in your team. some go on to become great head coaches or coordinators and some are very successful position coaches. discounting wins and especially championships because someone was only a position coach is idiotic. by that logic only generals matter, not privates or commanders or majors and especially not seals or rangers. steve jobs may have been the best “head coach” ever, but apple isn’t apple without a team of engineers and marketers and designers etc….

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