Negative Grohmentum hits the recruiting trail.

In a piece about Virginia head coach Mike London’s successful efforts at recruiting this year, there are several observations about his predecessor and current Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh that should warm the cockles of the hearts of the Jacket faithful.

While the Hokies were busy winning the ACC on a seemingly annual basis with rosters loaded with in-state talent, Groh, a Virginia alumnus who had some success in his early years at the school, had managed to alienate a large portion of the Cavaliers fanbase and an even bigger chunk of the state’s high school coaches…

… Fueling the anger in the final weeks of the 2009 season was the decision to burn the redshirts of 14 freshmen. To many high school coaches, the move looked like Groh was mortgaging the future of the program in a desperate attempt to win a few more games and save his job.

That frustration was replaced with optimism when London, who previously served as an assistant at Virginia before becoming head coach at Richmond, arrived. The new coach and his staff began calling in-state coaches immediately.

Perhaps nothing symbolized the shift as much as Fork Union Military Academy coach John Shuman’s presence at London’s introductory press conference.

Fork Union, located just outside Charlottesville, produces Division I prospects on an annual basis, but relations between Virginia and the prep school had essentially come to an end under Groh after Virginia passed on multiple Fork Union players, including Shuman’s son Ryan, who became a three-year starter at Virginia Tech.

Nothing like building long-term relationships.  I guess waving Super Bowl rings around doesn’t get you as far as it used to.

If Richt, Garner, Bobo et al. can’t clean Tech’s clock recruiting in state every year, we ought to sue them for recruiting malpractice.



Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting

21 responses to “Negative Grohmentum hits the recruiting trail.

  1. TennesseeDawg

    Now we know why CPJ and Groh make a perfect match. They are both dickheads.


    • Comin' Down The Track

      They are both dickheads.

      Starting the day off right.


    • Reptillicide

      Haha, it’s no wonder they bled recruits down the home stretch. The best part of this is that by the time Tech admits their mistake and fires CPJ, their cupboards will be bare (they’re pretty close already).


  2. Brandon

    Tech pretty much always has sucked at recruiting. I’ve been following it since the mid 90’s back in the borderwars days and I think they cracked the Top 25 like once maybe twice since then. But of course when they did its been sold as “the greatest recruiting class in the history of the world evah” on the Flats.


  3. aristoggle

    I am now a fan of Fork Union.

    Q. Who you pullin’ for this weekend?
    A. Fork U


  4. timmy

    hey, remember that time you beat FSU? have you been relevant since then? take your shots at GT, because the other ACC Tech has and will own your popped collar frat boy school


  5. Irishdawg

    Wow, I’ve seen some weak talk out of Crybaby Nation, but timmy’s might take the trophy.


  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    Groh and Paul the Johnson both have that scatalogical Midas touch on the recruiting trail.


  7. 81 Dog

    far be it from me to take up for a GTU nerd like Timmy, but what I think he was aiming for, in his inarticulate, zero writing skills learned at GTU way, was a shot at the University of VIRGINIA, not UGA. I’m pretty sure Mr. Jefferson’s University has a lousy record against both FSU and VaTech, and when have those goobs ever been nationally relevant?

    Of course, it’s a lot more fun to just assume Timmy was taking a reflexive shot at UGA (which he may have been) and then chide him for being way off target. It’s so hard to decipher what these mustard loving pencil necks are trying to say when they get all chirpy. Perhaps we should all consider that, as a GTU fan, it may well be that English isn’t “Timmy’s” first language.


  8. Cojones

    Knew a gal from Nebraska. She was a Grand Forker. Fork U was not in her lexicon.