Georgia Tech relieves Groh of his duties

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Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh has been relieved of his duties.

The former Virginia head coach, who was hired by GT following the 2009 season, could not improve his 3-4 unit in his third season in Atlanta.

The Yellow Jackets (2-4) are on pace to give up the most yards in school history and lost yet another game this past weekend, 47-31 to Clemson. The previous week, the Jackets gave up 49 points in an embarrassing loss to Middle Tennessee. It was the first time in school history that the team had given up 40 points or more in three consecutive contests.

GT has a bye before resuming its schedule October 20 against Boston College. It will be interesting to see who head coach Paul Johnson selects to run the defense mid-season. Assistants Charles Kelly or Andy McCollum are two of the likely candidates to be discussed.

“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,” Groh said in a statement. “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.”

The Yellow Jackets defense has particularly been dogged by poor play on third downs as well as poor tackling.

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