Tuesday, December 2, 2008


For the second time in three years, Virginia declined to add a year to head football coach Al Groh's contract under a rollover clause, athletic director Craig Littlepage announced Sunday.

"Coach Groh has three years remaining on his current contract," said Littlepage, who will meet with Groh in the next 48 hours to review the season.

Groh's status has been a topic for the past three seasons, two of which ended in 5-7 records and with Virginia out of a bowl. The exception was last season, when U.Va. went 9-4 and lost in the Gator Bowl.

Groh has twice been named ACC Coach of the Year, including last season, and was rewarded with an additional year tacked on to his contract. His initial deal at Virginia was reworked in 2005, and the new package covered six years and had annual compensation of $1.7 million.

For a variety of reasons, not the least of which is it would cost the University $5.1 million to make a change.

Cranky UVA fans and alums have to ask themselves the key question: Who out there is a) available and b) better?

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