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Groh-ing Pains at U-Va.

I guess if you've just kicked your starting quarterback out of school and then gone on to lose to Duke coming out of your bye week, you know it's coming. And if you're Virginia Coach Al Groh, this ain't your first are-you-worried-about-your-job rodeo? And still there's nothing quite like the blood's-in-the-water phenomenon of a coach and program circling the drain before it gets out of September (see Bowden, Tommy).

While our Zach Berman wrote about how Virginia wide receiver Kevin Ogletree worked to rehab a torn ACL only to lose his first two quarterbacks before the season was three games old, most media focused on Groh's situation (Zach will be taking stock of the Wahoos' program later in the week). Here's the views from Richmond, including a column from Paul Woody calling for Groh's dismissal, and Charlottesville, including a more sympathetic column from Jerry Ratcliffe, and Newport News, including a blog post in which David Teel says Groh's biggest error was promoting his son to offensive coordinator.

Do you think all this animosity surrounding the program makes Virginia a more or less dangerous opponent on Saturday?

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 1, 2008; 8:42 AM ET
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Comments

He is a good coach and shouldn't get canned for having a backbone. I'm a Terp and this guy beats us a lot!

Posted by: donmac | October 1, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

This is a TRAP game for the Terps. The Terps have not arrived yet (and I am one of the few who really believe after watching the Clemson game from start to finish last Saturday that the Football team backed into a victory down in SC-Clemson handed us the football game. WE DID NOT EARN A VICTORY!), and UVA is playing for pride at this point and something that will their program a glimmer of hope. Make no mistake, the Terps still have much to prove before I can anoint them a darkhorse. Despite being a huge fan of my beloved Terps, I still think Wake Forest at this point is the ACC's best, despite losing to Navy at home last Saturday.

Posted by: Elwood | October 1, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I love my Terps of course. But I will also admit that we always have a tough game with Virginia. Just when we get confident rolling into Charlottesville we get hammered. The Terps need a week of concentrated practice and take it one game at a time. We definitely owe Wake Forest, that's for sure.

Posted by: Tommy | October 1, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

This is a HUGE trap game for the Terps. The football team (as well as the basketball team and even the LAX team) are all-to-inconsistent in their approach to "easy" matchups. What they DO demonstrate much more often than any team should is when playing a supposedly weak-opponent, they take on an air of entitlement. They dont approach each game as a new beginning where you have to prove yourself all over again. And if/when they get an opponent down they RARELY go for the knockout punch, instead they let teams hang in there and create last minute showdowns.

I'm concerned for the Terps going into Charlottsville to face a wounded animal, backed-into-a-corner (and any other metaphor you can think of) UVA team - look out.

Posted by: CSH | October 1, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

VIRGINIA HAS BEAT US 12 OUT OF THE LAST 16 TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!IF THE TERPS CANT BE READY TO PLAY A ROCK EM SOCK EM GAME VIRGINIA WILL HAND US OUR A$$!!!!!!


GOT THAT RALPH!!!!

GO TERPS!


PS; I HOPE YOU HAVN'T FORGOTTEN OUR HUMILIATING CHOKE LAST YEAR! SHOW THE TEAM LAST YEARS GAME FILM ABOUT 100 TIMES!!!!

Posted by: DONMAC | October 1, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

This is a game we should win....but,
Terps need to go out and play their "A" game...need to be better than last week. I was at the game and Clemson gave this one to us. Penalties and stupid coaching (only 10 caries for thunder and lightning in 2nd half) helped the Terps. Terps "D" played much better in 2nd half.
UVA offense is pitiful (ave. 9 points per game, 66 yds/game rushing). Terps "O" line needs to step up. Why aren't we seeing more of Bruce Campbell? Got to get the ball to DHB. Open some holes for Scott. Get those TEs involved early and often.
Any road win in the ACC is a good one...just win Terps.

Posted by: UMDFAN | October 1, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Here's a story (video) on the Terps as they try to avoid a letdown against UVA.

Hear from Gronkowski, Fokou and Off. Coord. James Franklin.

http://palestra.net/schools/1757/16375

Posted by: Ryan | October 1, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I think they need to give the guy alittle slack...i mean it's not his fault that his qb was an idiot and got in trouble...and who does he face the first week...USC!!!!...I know it's kinda impossible...but if they are going to get rid of him they need to bring in a guy who has some ties to the program that has a proven track record of winning as a head coach...i think the name...Danny Rocco at Liberty comes to mind...does anyone agree?

Posted by: Darkside1986 | October 1, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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