Marshall Football

How Long Before Al Groh Reports To Marshall Campus?

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Al Groh shows his excitement after Alvin Pearman of the Virginia Cavaliers went 36 yards for a first down against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as the Cavs defeated the Yellow Jackets 30-10 during NCAA football action at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 20, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Scott PauleyAnalyst IDecember 1, 2009

With a great deal of class, Marshall University head football coach, Mark Snyder, has resigned. 

When will the school announce the hiring of Al Groh?

Though Groh was not as successful as he would have liked to have been, or the University of Virginia would have liked him to have been, he is not a bad coach.

Groh has nearly 40 years of coaching experience including 13 years in the NFL—head coach of the New York Jets, 2000—and 27 years among the college ranks.

During this time Groh also served as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, as well as linebacker coach for various teams in the NFL and college.

Groh has a Super Bowl ring from his days with the New York Giants and was named ACC coach of the year in ’00 and ’07.

The Thundering Herd of Marshall will look for a new head coach with all hopes of snagging one that can not only win ballgames, but recruit and promote academic excellence as well.

Bob Pruett was the Herd’s head coach from ’96-’00.

In 2008 Pruett came out of retirement to become defensive coordinator for the Virginia Cavaliers, under head coach Al Groh.

Pruett and Groh are close friends. 

Pruett is also still involved with the Marshall football program.

In my estimate, Pruett has already been hounding both the athletic department at Marshall and Al Groh, in hopes of seeing the former Wahoo’s head guy continue his success with the Herd.

Just wait and see if Groh’s name is not the topic of conversation in Huntington.

If not, I’m sure the Herd fans would be satisfied with Bobby Pruett making a comeback.

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