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Al Groh to face his former players

UVA's former Head Coach to try and stop his former players

October 07, 2010|Grant Kittelson | Sports Reporter

ATLANTA, GA — Al Groh's last words as the UVA Head Football Coach were in a poem.  Many wanted the coaching veteran to take some time away from the game and enjoy life.  But Groh there was only one option of what to do with his life.  Continue to coach the game of football.

When Groh was hired as the defensive coordinator by Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech everyone knew that the game on October 9th in Atlanta, GA would hold special signifigance for those on the outside looking in. But, just as Groh approached football with a clinical view when he was in Charlottesville, VA as the Head Coach. 

He is approaching the game against his former players, this is what he had to say earlier this week regarding the matchup on Saturday.

"IT REALLY DOESN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHAT COLOR JERSEY THE TEAM THAT YOU'RE COACHING FOR WEARS.  ALL THAT COUNTS IS THE RESULT SO THAT'S WHAT I WORK FOR EVERY WEEK TO TRY TO HAVE THAT FEELING OF OUR TEAM ACCOMPLISHING SOMETHING AND TO AVOID THAT HAUNTING FEELING THAT CAUSES SLEEPLESS SATURDAY NIGHTS.  SO THIS WILL BE THE SAME FOR ME AS IT'S BEEN FOR FORTY ONE YEARS, GETTING READY FOR THE GAME."

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Where the game really means a lot is in the ACC standings.  UVA is 0-1 in the conference, Georgia Tech has already played three ACC games and is 2-1.  But that one loss came the last time that the Yellow Jackets played at home in the conference.

Paul Johnson says that needs to change. "Anytime that happens you're always anxious to get a chance to play in front of the home crowd again. Very important conference game as the conference race is king of just getting started there is a lot teams that this will be their second game this week but we already have a conference loss at home and to have a chance to compete for the conference championship we have to make sure we don't do that again."

Kickoff is 3:30pm on Saturday in Atlanta.

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