While Ralph Friedgen‘s fate in College Park remains uncertain, an emphatic decision was made today in Charlottesville.
Virginia coach Al Groh is out after nine seasons.
Groh was 59-53 and earned five bowl berths in his tenure, but posted losing records in three of the last four years. More significantly, attendance plummeted this season as the Cavaliers lost their first three, won three straight and then dropped their final six.
Groh had two years left on his deal, and Virginia will pay him $4.33 million to buy him out.
As of now, Virginia and Louisville are the only BCS conference schools with job openings.
Virginia also joins Memphis as the only major-college schools to have both their football and men’s basketball jobs turn over this year. Dave Leitao resigned under pressure in March at Virginia, while Memphis basketball coach John Calipari left for Kentucky and football coach Tommy West was dismissed earlier this month.
Army also turned over both high-profile jobs in the last year, with the football change occurring in December 2008.
—- Patrick Stevens