Groh: No special motivation against Virginia

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“I have much appreciated the players that have stayed in touch with me the past few months, so that is why I say I look forward to developing those relationships as they move on.”

Virginia linebacker Ausar Walcott said he won’t be thinking about his former coach being across the field.

“I’m just going into it looking at it like it’s another game,” Walcott said. “I respect coach Groh. He’s a real good guy, so I’m just going to go into it like it was any other game, like he wasn’t there.”

Added Virginia center Anthony Mihota: “Honestly, I’ve never thought about who the defensive coordinator was when we’ve played other teams. I’m not going to start thinking about it now.”

Groh was 59-53 in nine years as Virginia’s coach. He was fired after a 3-9 record in 2009.

He was 26-40 as Wake Forest’s coach in the 1980s and was 9-7 as the New York Jets’ coach in 2000, his only year as an NFL head coach. He was an NFL assistant under Bill Parcells with the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

There’s a lot of Virginia in Groh’s family. One of his sons was a captain on the Virginia team. Another son is a graduate of Virginia’s law school.

“That’s what we are,” Groh said. “We’re Virginia graduates. You can’t change history. I’m proud to acknowledge it. … We’re Virginia graduates, but right now I’m a Georgia Tech man.”

 

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