Georgia Tech fires D.Coordinator Al Groh

Coming off their third straight loss and giving up 42, 49 and 47 points in those three losses, Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson fired Defensive Coordinator Al Groh.

In the three losses, including the embarrassing home defeat to Middle Tennessee State, the Yellow Jackets gave up an average of 573.3 yards.

“I think it’s a call to everybody, the coaches, the players, myself, everybody, that we need to do better, that we’re not giving up on the season and the way we’ve played is not acceptable.”

“What’s inside his [Groh’s] head, he’s very knowledgeable, there’s no questioning that. The problem was becoming, what’s in there, we weren’t seeing on the field.”

-Paul Johnson

Groh was hired as Tech’s Defensive Coordinator in 2010. He was the head coach at Virginia for 9 seasons, and also was the head coach at Wake Forest for five seasons in the early 80s.  Groh also worked in the NFL as a DC under Bill Parcells and he also worked with Bill Belichick.

Secondary coach Charles Kelly will be the interim Defensive Coordinator. Georgia Tech (2-4) is off this week and plays Boston College on October 20.

 

 

ACC Recap: Another loss to the Big East, Miami QB has record day, Paul Johnson on hot seat

ACC went 2-2 in out of conference games over the weekend. There was a split against the Big East and an embarrassing home loss to Middle Tennessee State out of the Sun Belt Conference. Looking at the conference standings, Florida State and Miami are on top of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions.

Miami 44, NC State 37 What a wild game this turned out to be. It had everything, except for defense, and a crowd in the stands. On the field, NC State had six turnovers, there was a safety, Miami scored on a pass that bounced off a Wolfpack player’s head, and Miami quarterback Stephen Morris set an ACC record with 566 passing yards (and also 5 touchdowns passes).  The last touchdown came with 19 seconds left, a 62 yard pass to Phillip Dorsett, who got behind 3 Wolfpack defenders for the game winner. NC State had 664 total yards of offense and rallied from a 23-7 halftime deficit. But  Mike Glennon’s second interception with under a minute left, set Miami up for the game winner. NC State hosts Florida State next while Miami heads to Chicago to play Notre Dame.

Middle Tennessee State 49, Georgia Tech 28 Middle Tennessee came into Atlanta as a 28 point underdog to Georgia Tech. They left with a 21 point win and probably gave Paul Johnson his worst loss as Georgia Tech’s head coach. Benny Cunningham rushed for 217 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. The loss was Tech’s first loss to a non-Bowl Championship Series school since 1996. The Yellow Jackets have also lost consecutive home games for the first time since 1988. A trip to Death Valley is next.

Cincinnati 27, Virginia Tech 24 Cincinnati pretty much dominated this game offensively. They had more total yards and more first downs, but it still took a last second touchdown for the Bearcats to get the win. The game was played at FedEx Field in Washington D.C.  Cincy quarterback Munchie Legaux hit Damon Julian for a 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to play as the Hokies fell to 3-2. Both losses are to Big East teams. Next up is North Carolina.

Rest of the ACC..

North Carolina 66, Idaho 0 Heels have allowed 6 total points in 3 home games.

Duke 34, Wake Forest 27 Blue Devils snap 12 game losing streak to Wake Forest. Duke is 4-1.

Florida State 30, South Florida 17 FSU avenges 2009 loss to USF.

Clemson 45, Boston College 31 DeAndre Hopkins sets Clemson record with 197 receiving yards.

Louisiana Tech 44, Virginia 38  La Tech scores 31 straight points, holds on for win at UVa.

Also, East Carolina 28, UTEP 18.

Cant go without mentioning West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s performance. He threw 8 touchdown passes and had 656 yards passing in a 70-63 Big 12 win over Baylor.  Smith was 45 for 51. He had more touchdown passes than incompletions.

 

 

ACC Goes 0-3 vs Big East, UNC almost pulls off comeback, Chris Thompson one year later, Top Ten meeting next weekend, (4) FSU vs (10) Clemson

The ACC went 4-4 in out of conference games this past weekend. Three of the four losses were to Big East teams. Louisville, UConn and Pittsburgh all won over their ACC opponents.  In conference, Florida State crushed Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech broke out the whoopin stick on Virginia.

Pittsburgh 35, Virginia Tech 17.  In the upset of the day Pittsburgh capitalized on four turnovers and  ended the nation’s longest road winning streak. The Hokies were down 21-3 at the half, and couldn’t mount a comeback in the second half against their future Coastal Division rival. VT was held to 59 yards rushing and Logan Thomas threw 3 INTs. Virginia Tech has two more ooc games before travelling to Chapel Hill.

Louisville 39, North Carolina 34. UNC almost pulled off a very impressive comeback on the road. The Tar Heels were down 36-7 at half and 25 in the fourth quarter but came storming back and had a chance for the winning score.  A controversial call/no call on 4th and goal pretty much sealed the deal. Bryn Renner threw 5 touchdown passes, but the Heels could not get anything going in the first half of the game when Louisville stormed out to their big lead. Next up for UNC, ECU comes to town.

NC State 31,  South Alabama 7. NC State had an easy time in their home opener. Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and the defense held South Alabama scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. Halfback Mustafa Greene was suspended for the game, no reason yet as to why from TOB, but it didnt really matter in this game. Next up, NC State plays the Citadel.

Florida State 52, Wake Forest 0. Talk about a comeback. Last year running back Chris Thompson broke his back in the game against Wake Forest. One year later he runs for 197 yards and two TDs in the first half. He sat out the second half as FSU rolled and set up a big meeting in Death Valley on Saturday.

Rest of the ACC…

Clemson 41, Furman 7. Georgia Tech 56, Virginia 20. UConn 24, Maryland 21. Duke 54, NCCU 17. Northwestern 22, Boston College 13. Miami 38, Bethune-Cookman 10.

 

 

 

ACC Recap, and Penn State kicker’s foot gets twitter account

Every team in the ACC has at least one win already. No winless teams.

Wake Forest 28, UNC 27. Start was delayed due to bad weather. Tanner Price threw for a career high 327 yards. Wake is on top of the Atlantic Division.

NC State 10 UConn 7 Wolfpack forces 4 turnovers, but Glennon was sacked six times.

Florida State had a running clock in the Savannah State game. It was called in the 3rd quarter because of lightning and the Seminoles were up 55-0.

Virginia Tech beat Austin Peay 42-7, face future conference foe Pittsburgh next.

Georgia Tech and Clemson also won very easily

Virginia won on a last-second missed field goal by Penn State, 17-16. Penn State fans were so irate  at kicker Sam Finken’s misses (he missed an extra point and was 1-5 on field goal attempts) that a twitter account was created, @SamFickensFoot: “Just a misguided foot on a full ride.”

Miami got taken out behind the woodshed by Kansas State 52-13. Boston College Beat Maine, and Maryland almost blew a 23 point lead, beat Temple  36-27.

Duke vs Stanford, oh yeah, just wait until basketball season you west coast hipsters. 50-13 Stanford.

and…South Carolina beat ECU 48-10

After Labor Day fodder: ACC Roundup, NFL starts tomorrow

Hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day holiday. I didn’t make it to Dragon-Con but I did see some Wolfpack fans at Saturday’s Braves game and plenty of Tennessee fans. ..

Chick-Fil-A Kick Off Classic Games

Tennessee 35, NC State 21.  Game fell apart for NC State in about two minutes in the first quarter: Tennessee 72-yard TD pass, Glennon fumble in end zone for safety, Tennessee 67-yard TD run. The Vols had over 500 yards of total offense. Glennon was picked off three times.

Clemson 26, Auburn 19. The ACC got the Chick-Fil-A split with the Clemson win. Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards, DeAndre Hopkins had 118 receiving yards and the go ahead touchdown.

20 year old Tennessee fan fell to his death during the Tennessee/NC State game, cheering after a touchdown.

Other ACC games…

UNC 62, Elon 0. Yes it was Elon. But impressive debut for Larry Fedora. UNC’s first shutout since 1999, and the Heels had their biggest scoring day in 17 years.

Virginia Tech 20, Georgia Tech 17 (OT). The Hokies got a 41 yard field goal as the clock ran out in regulation. Then their defense gets a turnover, and they get a game winning field goal in overtime. Interesting factoid: In the seven years the ACC has held a championship game, only the Hokies (five times) and Yellow Jackets have ever represented the Coastal Division. The victory, because of tiebreakers, essentially gives Virginia Tech a two-game lead over the Yellow Jackets.

Florida State wins 69-3, loses Senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins for the rest of the season. Duke 46, FIU 26. Miami 41, Boston College 32. Virginia 43, Richmond 19. Wake Forest 20, Liberty 17. In a shootout, Maryland 7, William & Mary 6.

Future ACC member Pittsburgh lost 31-17 to Youngstown State. It was Youngstown State’s first win over a BCS school in school history.

NFL Kicks off tomorrow night. Defending champion New York Giants vs Dallas.

Preseason Coaches Poll. Almost time for Football!

USA Today released its preseason coaches poll. Teams are heading back to camps, pretty soon it will be time to matriculate the ball down the field.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Final 2011 rank
1.
LSU (18)
13-1
1,403
2
2.
Alabama (20)
12-1
1,399
1
3.
10-2
1,388
NR
4.
Oklahoma (1)
10-3
1,276
15
5.
Oregon
12-2
1,258
4
6.
10-4
1,061
20
7.
Florida State (1)
9-4
1,055
23
8.
Michigan
11-2
1,023
9
9.
11-2
981
8
10.
11-2
948
5
11.
10-3
833
18
12.
Wisconsin
11-3
743
11
13.
11-3
717
10
14.
Clemson
10-4
598
22
15.
Texas
8-5
549
NR
16.
Nebraska
9-4
501
24
17.
TCU
11-2
499
13
18.
Stanford
11-2
497
7
19.
Oklahoma State 
12-1
476
3
20.
Virginia Tech
11-3
461
17
21.
Kansas State
10-3
398
16
22.
Boise State
12-1
271
6
23.
Florida
7-6
250
NR
24.
Notre Dame
8-5
166
NR
25.
Auburn
8-5
66
NR

No surprise that the SEC dominates the top 10 with 5 teams, including 1 and 2.

The ACC has three top 25 teams, Florida State at #7,  Clemson at #14 and Virginia Tech at #20

In the “others receiving votes” category, we get Georgia Tech with 35 points, NC State with 11, and Virginia with 9.

 

#ACC Releases 2012 Football Schedule

Dateline: Waaaaaay later than it should be, thanks WVU!

The ACC has released the 2012 Football Schedule.  Feast your eyes upon it in all it’s glory and commence mocking of your rivals 2012 slate!

Update: Helmet Schedule in image format so you don’t have to download that lame .pdf

FOOTBALL!

Its time to matriculate the ball down the field.

College football officially kicks off on Thursday with the higly anticipated match up of Murray State vs. Louisville.  Two ACC teams also start the season on Thursday, Georgia Tech hosts Western Carolina and Wake Forest plays Syracuse…

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The NCAA investigation that nobody knew about

Last week word came down from the NCAA that Georgia Tech’s football program had been placed on four years probation, stripped of its 2009 ACC Championship, and fined $100,000.

Initial reaction from a lot of people was pretty much, “huh, what…? the NCAA is investigating Georgia Tech?”

This was the NCAA investigation that nobody knew about. Even here in Atlanta, where the sports radio talkers gab nonstop about the Dawgs and who might be their third-string backup long snapper, this news was a surprise.

If Statefan thinks their team barely gets any local media coverage in the triangle because of UNC and Duke, try being Georgia Tech in Atlanta…

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