UVa. not extending Groh

A day after the completion of the third 5-7 season in Al Groh’s eight-year tenure at the University of Virginia, athletics director Craig Littlepage announced that the school is not extending his contract for an additional year.
“In accordance with a specific clause in Virginia head football coach Al Groh’s contract, I have informed him that his contract will not be extended for an additional year. Coach Groh has three years remaining on his current contract,” Littlepage said in a statement released to the news media Sunday evening.

In the statement, Littlepage said he will be meeting with Groh “in the next 48 hours” to conduct a year-end review of the football program at UVa. and would have no further comment about Groh’s contract status.

Virginia is 56-44 under Groh. The program has posted three losing seasons under the alum and former NFL coach since his arrival on Grounds. UVa. had gone 61-35 in predecessor George Welsh’s final eight seasons and had only two losing seasons in his 19 years in Charlottesville, in 1982, his first season, and in 1986.

 

– Story by Chris Graham

 

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