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Tech Fires Groh
Monday, 08 October 2012

Oct 8th---According to an article on AJC.com Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately.

Groh, hired following the 2009 season, was unable to deliver improved play in his third season. In fact, Tech is on pace to give up the most yards in school history (431.0 through six games). The Yellow Jackets lost 47-31 Saturday to Clemson, marking the first time in school history that they had given up 40 points or more in three successive games.

There was no immediate word of Groh’s successor. With a bye week coming up before the Oct. 20 game against Boston College, Tech was in a position to make a mid-season switch.

“The Institute has decided to go in a different direction, which I respect. I appreciate all the help and input from (assistant defensive coaches) Charles Kelly, Joe Speed and Andy McCollum, and the effort of all the players,” Groh said in a statement. “I aimed to give the best that I had every day. It’s been an honor to be a part of the legacy of Georgia Tech football. I feel positive that this is a good time in life to move on to a new situation.”

Tech coach Paul Johnson had indicated that Groh was on shaky ground last week, after the Jackets lost 49-28 to Middle Tennessee State and fan disapproval soared.

“I’m not going to sit here and try to defend how we’ve played the last couple weeks,” he said. “It’d be stupid because we’ve played terrible, but I don’t think the man forgot everything he knew in the last couple weeks. But ultimately, we’re responsible. We’ve got to get it on the field. It doesn’t matter what you know, it’s what happens. We’ve got to do a better job of getting it on the field.”

Four days after Johnson’s statement, Tech surrendered 510 yards of offense to Clemson and continued to demonstrate poor tackling and weak third-down defense.



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