December 30, 2000
Groh Quits Jets for U.V.A.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS(NYT)
Al Groh, who coached the New York Jets for one season after taking over for Bill Parcells, is leaving the NFL team to replace George Welsh as coach at the University of Virginia.
Groh said returning to his roots in Charlottesville, Va., meant too much to him to turn down the job at his alma mater.
"I realize there will be some criticism of this, but only I know my heart," Groh said Saturday in a statement released by the Jets. "Too, this provides the type of long-term security and stability not commonly found in the NFL nowadays."
Al Groh is leaving the Jets to take over the football program at the University of Virginia. The Jets went 9-7 this season and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.
Welsh retired at Virginia because of health reasons before the Oahu Bowl. The Cavaliers lost to Georgia 37-14 on Dec. 24 in Welsh's last game.
The Jets began the season with four straight victories but finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. The Jets lost their last three games, needing to win just once to make the postseason.
Virginia athletic director Terry Holland had said the school would not announce a new coach until after Jan. 1. There was no immediate comment from the university on Saturday.