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Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh has been fired, the school announced on Monday.
Expectations were much higher for Groh's defense this year, as it was the program's third season in his 3-4 scheme, but it has been one of Georgia Tech's most glaring weaknesses in the team's 2-4 start.
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Georgia Tech has allowed over 600 total yards in two of the past three losses, and an average of 46 points per game over that span.
"The Institute has decided to go in a different direction, which I respect," Groh said in a prepared statement. "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."
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is expected to name an interim coordinator at his 3:30 p.m. ET press conference. The most likely candidates are Charles Kelly or Andy McCollum.
Groh came to Georgia Tech after serving for nine seasons as head coach at Virginia, his
Groh's not the only one that needed to go. His defense seemed to improve the first 2 years. But, when your offense - and I say this "loosely", keeps your D on the field, guess what, you will ultimately look bad. I think Johnson is on a VERY short leash.
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