UVa. fires football coach Groh after nine seasons

By Jamie Scavotto - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) – The University of Virginia has fired football coach Al Groh. The move came less than 24 hours after the final game of the season -- which Virginia lost to rival Virginia Tech.

The Washington Post is reporting Groh received a $4.3 million contract buy-out.

The writing has been on the wall for some time, so Groh's dismissal shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. However, it has been the subject of mass speculation and has finally been put to rest.

After nine seasons, Groh is officially out as the head coach of the University of Virginia football team

This year, the Wahoos went 3-9 and missed a bowl game for the second straight season. The 3-9 record also Virginia's worst since the team went 2-9 in 1982.

The Cavaliers also ended the Groh era with six straight losses, and their sixth straight loss Saturday to Virginia Tech.

More importantly, attendance at Scott Stadium has dropped more than 13,000 in the last two seasons --obviously not good for the school's bottom line

Athletic director Craig Littlepage said the school will immediately begin a national search for a new coach.

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