On the Al Groh Watch


I think Al Groh, coach of the UVa Cavaliers football team, is a decent guy, and probably a tremendous defensive coordinator, and he’s had some good moments as head coach, but this is Tuesday, and he’ll coach his final game against Va Tech on Saturday. No, that’s not official, but Scott Stadium will be burned to the ground if Groh isn’t handed his walking papers early next week. I’ve tried to take his side for a long time, because I believe that, in general, coaches are fired too quickly, but it’s obvious to me, now: Groh must go. I don’t relish that, but it’s a pretty inescapable conclusion.

Who, in his place? I keep wondering why nobody will give Terry Bowden another shot at coaching. I’ve always liked Terry, and he did a pretty good job in his previous coaching stints. Oops…I just Wikipedia’d his name, and found out that he has been the coach of Division II North Alabama, leading them to an 11-1 season thus far (one three-point loss), and to the D II quarterfinal this weekend against Carson-Newman (whose posteriors they’ve already whooped). Well, at any rate, so somebody finally did give him another shot, and I’d say he’s done pretty well. My vote is for Terry Bowden to assume the reins in Charlottesville. Long shot? Danny Rocco, who led Liberty from 1-10 to 8-3 in three years, a guy with UVa roots (as well as NFL roots). It’ll be interesting…


  1. Webbie Dude Paul on November 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Do you remember what connection Carson-Newman had to our class at RVCS?

    Oh, and by the way…
    Carson-Newman 24
    North Alabama 21

    • Byron on November 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

      @Webbie Dude Paul: Yep, and well, nobody’s perfect, least of all North Alabama, I guess…

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