...and her name is Al Groh.
Oct. 8, 2012
THE FLATS - Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson announced today that defensive coordinator Al Groh has been relieved of his duties with the Yellow Jacket program, effective immediately.
Groh is in his third year at Georgia Tech and the 45th season of a storied career that has taken him to eight different college campuses -- two as head coach -- and 13 seasons in the NFL with the Falcons, Giants, Browns, Patriots and jets. He served one season as head coach of the Jets in 2000.
Groh came to Georgia Tech after serving for nine seasons as head coach at the University of Virginia, his alma mater.
Statement from Al Groh:
"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."
Now it's time for him to come on home and start working his way back into our good graces.
I honestly pulled as hard as I could for Al Groh while he was the coach here, until his lame duck 2009 season when he scorched the earth with idiotically-burned redshirts and then left on a wave of hubris reciting that stupid-ass poem. And when he took the job as DC for one of our conference (and division!) rivals, it was over.
But he has failed - again - and at times spectacularly - and now I want to see him humbled and home.
Come on back, Al. Come accept your rightful place in the happy history of Virginia Football.