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Al Groh Fired As Defensive Coordinator At Georgia Tech

After only 2.5 years on the Flats, Al Groh has been fired as defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech following a horrible start to the season on the defensive side of the ball.

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From the Athletic Association:

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson announced today that defensive coordinator Al Groh has been relieved of his duties with the Yellow Jacket program, effective immediately.

Groh is in his third year at Georgia Tech and the 45th season of a storied career that has taken him to eight different college campuses – two as head coach – and 13 seasons in the NFL with the Falcons, Giants, Browns, Patriots and jets. He served one season as head coach of the Jets in 2000.

Groh came to Georgia Tech after serving for nine seasons as head coach at the University of Virginia, his alma mater.

In addition, here's a statement from Coach Groh.

“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.

“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.”

More to come. I'm headed to a press conference at 3:30. Follow me, @FTRS_LilBroey for updates.