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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia has fired Al Groh after nine seasons as football coach at his alma mater.

Groh's dismissal Sunday comes less than 24 hours after the Cavaliers (3-9, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) finished their worst season since going 2-9 in 1982 with a 42-13 loss to rival Virginia Tech.

Virginia lost its final six games and finished with a losing record for the third time in four years. Groh beat Virginia Tech just once in nine games during his tenure.

"There is not a coach in the college game who has worked harder than Al Groh in trying to build a football program," Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage said in a statement. "Football is his life and he dedicated himself to the university and to our football team. We are grateful for his service and for his commitment to his players and his coaching staff."

Following Saturday's loss to Virginia Tech, Groh read a poem, "The Guy in the Glass," at the podium, then closed with a testimonial about himself.

"When I visited the guy in the glass, I saw that he's a guy of commitment, of integrity, of dependability and accountability," he said. "He's loyal, his spirit is indomitable and he's caring and loving. I'm sure I will always call the guy in the glass a friend."

And with that, Groh got up from the table, hugged his sobbing daughter and wife and walked out.



Marshall has fired coach Mark Snyder, a person close to the situation told ESPN's Joe Schad on Sunday.

An announcement was expected later in the day, the source said.

The Thundering Herd dropped to 6-6 overall, 4-4 in Conference-USA with a 52-21 loss Saturday to UTEP.

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