Monday, November 10, 2008

WAHOO A.D. ENDORSES GROH

Uh-oh.

According the Richmond Times-Dispatch, UVa Athletic Director Craig Littlepage was emphatic last night when asked about the 2009 football season.

"Al Groh will be our head coach," Littlepage said via e-mail.

Groh's contract runs through the 2011 season. It would cost U.Va. more than $5 million to fire the sixty-four-year old alum.

… even if the Wahoos lose their final two regular-season games to finish with a losing record for the second time in three years. One win in either game would make the Cavaliers eligible for postseason play.

Well now, the “Groh Must Go” crowd must be celebrating because there is nothing like an endorsement from the Athletic Director to signal future doom!
According to RTD, Groh "and his staff have done a good job and our team has responded well," Littlepage said. "We have great wins against ranked teams and we're in the mix for divisional and conference championships."

After losing three of its first four games this season, Virginia won four straight to take over first place in the ACC's Coastal Division. U.Va.'s victims during that streak all have been nationally ranked at some point this season. Since then, however, the Cavaliers have dropped two in a row to fall to fifth in the Coastal.

This is Groh's eighth season and his record is 56-42 (34-28 ACC). He's twice been named ACC coach of the year, most recently in 2007 -- which, for those of you with short memories, was LAST YEAR. After finishing 5-7 in 2006, Virginia went 9-4 last season.

Virginia (3-3, 5-5), off this weekend, is host to Clemson (2-4, 4-5) at Scott Stadium on Nov. 22. U.Va. closes the regular season at Va Tech.
Groh has a 1-6 record against the Hokies, and the losses often have been one-sided.

(Photos by Reuters and AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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