Groh earned 38 of 71 votes in voting from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association to win the honor for the second time. For winning the coaching award, Groh will collect a $25,000 bonus under terms of the six-year contract he signed with Virginia in 2005.
On top of that gigantic $25,000 bonus, Virginia exercised an option to add a year onto Groh’s contract.
"This is an indication of confidence on my part and the university's part on the work that Al and his staff have done," Cavaliers athletic director Craig Littlepage said. "I think it's also a good indication of the confidence that we have in the future direction of the football program, both in the short term, that is, in the upcoming bowl game, as well as in the long-term future. I'm very pleased we're at this point."
(Two “indication of confidence” references by the president practically guarantee that Groh will be fired or resign within 72 hours.)
With its bowl destination yet to be determined, the Cavaliers still have a chance to become only the second team in school history to win 10 games.
This award upstages Groh winning the "TAH.com Jerry 6-4 Claiborne Award" which former UVa coach George Welsh won 193 times during an seemingly endless tenure of 7-4 (minor bowl game win/loss) seasons.