Georgia Tech's Defense Looking to "Groh"

Bo ChurneyContributor IJanuary 15, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NOVEMBER 24:  Head coach Al Groh of the Virginia Cavaliers looks on during the second half against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium on November 24, 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Virginia Tech defeated Virginia 33-21.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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A week after firing Dave Wommack, Georgia Tech has already found it's new defensive coordinator.

Former Virginia head coach Al Groh, who was fired from his position at the end of UVA's disappointing season, has agreed in principle to take the job on The Flat's, joining Paul Johnson on a sideline that now includes some of the greatest knowledge in the business.

Though the Jackets are losing All-American DE Derrick Morgan to the NFL Draft, Groh will have great centerpiece in 6'7", 341lb. TJ Barnes in which to build his 3-4 defense, which has been feared at both levels for over 20 years.

“They’ve got that program winning in a hurry,” Groh said on Sunday. “If winning impresses you, you have to be impressed with what Paul [Johnson] has done there.” said Groh in an interview with the AJC on Sunday.

If Georgia Tech looks to continue winning, they are going to have to do it with an improved defense, which ranked 54th in the nation this past year. The offense, though it is losing several key playmakers, should continue its production just fine.

Groh, whose resume includes several stints with Bill Parcells in the NFL, also includes two ACC Coach of the Year awards. The hire now gives the Yellow Jackets the last three ACC CoY award winners. (Groh won the award in 2007, and CPJ has taken the last two.)