A Look Back: Al Groh's Career at UVA

Nov 29, 2009 Full story: NBC29

Virginia has fired Al Groh after nine seasons as football coach at his alma mater.

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Bill Simmons

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Nov 29, 2009
Al Groh is an excellent football coach. The problem with the program starts with the administration and above. If they want to compete on an even field with most other div. 1 schools, then a fix needs to be made to support the athelete to get them into school, keep them there,and graduate them on their schedule. After all, the athlete is investing many hours outside the classroom to help put UVA in the national spotlight, and bring in mega bucks for the school, not to mention a possible rise in admission applications. This is a business. You try to fix what is broke, not do the same thing again and expect a different result. Under the current formula, UVA could bring in John Gruden, Tony Dungey, and any other high profile coach with this system and fail. Wake up Virginia, and get it right this time, or you will watch your program become what Duke has been for the last 2 decades.
Hoogisan

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Nov 29, 2009
A 4.33 million payout with a horrible overall record and sub par performance. Also, factor in the other millions that he made in the first few years. You'll get no sympathy from me on this. Its kinda like winning the lottery after being fired. What dumbo put this contract together? For sure they wouldn't pass a basic math class. These big earners always say they do it for the love of the game. Ok then, pay them $30K a year and do it. If thay love the game so much, they would want to win at any price. Right?
Dark Side

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Nov 29, 2009
A 59-53 record and he gets a 4.33 million pay out? Let's see if I loose 50% of my patients will I still get paid, NO! I'd be under review by the medical board and rightly so. This is so sad and such a waste of money.

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