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Alabama taking former receivers coach Mike Groh to court over $57,000

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Alabama is taking legal action against former assistant coach Mike Groh, arguing the former coach owes the school money from a contract buyout.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Alabama is seeking $57,000 from Groh in a lawsuit filed Thursday in a Tuscaloosa county court. Groh was the wide receivers coach for Alabama from 2011 through 2012.  In 2013 Groh left Alabama to coach in the NFL as a receivers coach for the Chicago Bears. According to the lawsuit, Alabama head coach Nick Saban chose not to waive the buyout fee on Groh’s contract, meaning Groh would be required to pay the university the requested sum before leaving for another job.

Perhaps Groh left Saban’s staff on bad terms? For a school with as much going for it as Alabama, you would think they would just look past the $57,000. This all seems like a little bit of pettiness on behalf of Alabama, but you can understand where they are coming from. It would certainly be a bad precedent for a school to allow assistant coaches to leave without penalty as they wish. That leaves the door open for a constant state of instability, as odd as that phrase sounds.

Groh’s contract with Alabama was set to expire at the end of February 2014.

Photo courtesy of Chicago Bears.

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4 Responses to “Alabama taking former receivers coach Mike Groh to court over $57,000”
  1. mabromowitz says: Feb 20, 2014 5:51 PM

    That is a picture of Al Groh, Mike’s father.

  2. Kevin McGuire says: Feb 20, 2014 7:18 PM

    For whatever reason that original photo was tagged “Mike Groh” in the photo pool. I promise you that. I took care of it for everyone.

  3. robot51 says: Feb 22, 2014 7:44 AM

    If ya don’t hang the first Silverback for breaking into your house, why then before you can say, “kiss my ass” they will all be stealin’ from ya. Just a fact. That’s why it is so sickening that obummer is still above ground.

  4. lakesidegator says: Feb 23, 2014 10:56 AM

    This is an a$$-covering measure to undermine Groh’s credibility should he decide to come forward with inside information about all the cheating at Bama. “Oh, you can’t believe THAT.
    After all, he owes them money. He’ll say anything.”

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