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In ACC, Plenty of Hot Seats to go Around

Maryland helped put one coach on the hot seat last week. Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden is not ready to panic, even though his fan base is. One columnist says it is Tampa or bust for Bowden.

And this week the Terrapins turn their attention to a team coached by a man whose office chair is burning as well. The mood in Charlottesville has gone sour in a hurry.

Whose job is more at risk right now: Tommy Bowden's or Al Groh's?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 30, 2008; 8:15 AM ET
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I would think Groh would be gone this year as I would be surprised to see Virginia win another game this year.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I would have to say Groh. At least Bowden has had some level of success in his tenure at Clemson but Groh has done virtually nothing. Groh has arguably had better talent as well which makes things more frustrating for the fan base...

Posted by: Lee | September 30, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I think asking this question is like asking who is at fault for the bailout.....Republicans or Democrats. The answer is they are both at fault.

Groh has less expectations but he still sucks. Bowden's team is better but they are being out coached. So they both HAVE to go.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Both are gone. Groh 100% is gone. Bowden: depends on what happens the rest of the season.

Posted by: V | September 30, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope Groh is finally gone. UVa dumped buckets of money into its football program and decimated its basketball tradition, and it's all been wasted. It's been clear for a long time that Groh was a 7-5 coach on average, and that UVA was fine with that level of performance. That lackadaisical attitude ensures that recruiting will suffer, as the players with the talent suitable for bigger aspirations go to teams that aim higher, like Virginia Tech and Maryland.

It's fine if UVa decides that it wants to return to the pre-George Welsh days, and get out of the big-college football-factory rat race. But if that's where it wants to go, then stop wasting money on a program headed nowhere.

Posted by: Tom T. | September 30, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

May the loosers stay on the hot seat for years to come.

Posted by: Marcus | September 30, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I hope they both stay around, cuz I know MD always has a chance as long as they're around!

Posted by: Sam | September 30, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Even though I've been a devout UVA hater for 30+ years, because I'm a 1978 Graduate of the Univ. of Maryland, I can't blame Al Groh for what's happened to his team. UVA has always had a much bigger opinion of themselves as a football program than was reality. UVA will never be a football powerhouse as long as they keep their high academic standards. The past couple of years have been an experiment in trying to recruit more average students, with better athletic skills, and look at what's happened. Arrests, cheating, drinking, etc. They've lost their two top QBs due to off-the-field problems. Previous coaches have had the same problem trying to satisfy the alumni with not the best talent. Coach Welch was a perfect example and the University made a big mistake firing him. He got the most out of what he had to work with.

I think Bowden is more at risk because he's had the talent but couldn't produce.

Chip Phelps, UMD Grad.

Posted by: Chip Phelps | September 30, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Clemson has a much deeper football tradition than UVA. Bowden has done almost nothing with his talent over the years. Unless he is in the ACC champ game he's gone. I'm not sure what you can really expect from Groh at UVA.

Posted by: ewg | September 30, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Chip - UVA did not fire George Welsh. Coach Welsh retired. Yes, he was taking a lot of heat from many fans and media types, but UVA did not can him. He got tired of the grind (it showed in recruiting the last couple of years) and he got out.

Posted by: Virginia Reader | September 30, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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