Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Former UVA Coach Fired By Georgia Tech

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Former Virginia head coach and current (until yesterday) Georgia Tech defensive coordinator has been “relieved of his duties” after a 32 game term.

Groh’s tenure concluded in a blizzard of points, yards and missed tackles. In the Yellow Jacket’s past three games, losses to Miami, Middle Tennessee State and Clemson, the Yellow Jackets gave up an average of 46 points and 573.3 yards. 

Opponents converted 31 of 46 third downs into first downs. Improbably, Tech fared slightly worse when opponents faced 3rd-and-7 or longer than 3rd-and-6 or less.

Tech gave up more than 40 points in the three consecutive games, the first time that has happened in school history.

“I think it’s a call to everybody, the coaches, the players, myself, everybody, that we need to do better, that we’re not giving up on the season and the way we’ve played is not acceptable,” head coach Paul Johnson said.

Hired following the 2009 season, Groh came to Tech after nine seasons as head coach at Virginia and boasting an NFL pedigree.  

After Tech’s 6-0 start last season, the Jackets were outscored 48-14 in the fourth quarter of the final seven games of the season and finished 8-5. Particularly devastating was a 30-27 overtime loss to Utah in the Sun Bowl, a game that Tech led 27-13 with less than seven minutes to go.

This season, Georgia Tech has been outscored 71-48 in the fourth quarter. In losses to Virginia Tech, Miami and Clemson, the Jackets have held fourth-quarter leads in each only to lose.

Groh will be replaced on an interim basis by secondary coach Charles Kelly.

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