Georgia Tech: 3 things you didn’t know about Al Groh

Greetings-

I’m off through Wednesday, but wanted to offer up something for the blog. I spoke with Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh, who covered a wide variety of topics about his background and the defense. It’ll hopefully run in the paper and online as “10 things you didn’t know about Al Groh.” I’ll give you a sneak peak with three of them. Thanks for reading.

1. Groh calls a failed statistics class in his senior year at Virginia in 1967 the biggest break of his career. He had been accepted to graduate business school, but instead had to stay to re-take the class the following semester. He got a work-study job coaching football at a local high school, where the team went 10-0 and Groh enjoyed himself thoroughly.

In a roundabout way, that led to an ROTC assignment in 1968 to coach the plebe (freshman) football team at West Point. His first night there, he was taken to the officers’ club, where he met Anne Stahle, whom he later married. The next day, he met another Army coach, Bill Parcells, with whom Groh coached several years in college and the NFL.

Said Groh, “Obviously, I didn’t go on to graduate business school.”

Among others at West Point at the time: Bobby Knight, Ken Hatfield (later head football coach at Clemson and Arkansas), John Mackovic (head coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, Illinois, Texas and Arizona) and tennis legend Arthur Ashe.

“A lot of us would meet for noontime basketball,” Groh said. “You should have seen Parcells guarding Knight, and vice versa.”

2. Groh has a CD case in his office packed with dozens of discs. The artists include the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Jay-Z, Kenny Chesney, Maroon 5, Diana Krall, Weezer and the Doobie Brothers.

“I guess the term that people would put on that is fairly eclectic,” he said.

He’s learned about newer performers from his children, players and society. “You’ve got to know what’s going on,” he said.

If he had to pick just five? Billy Joel, Toby Keith, Lady Gaga, Van Halen and Springsteen.

3. Groh has been meeting with outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu to watch video and help him learn his assignments. Groh said there have been plays where he wasn’t sure what Attaochu was doing. The goal of the sessions is “eradicating those from his game and doing the things that he knows how to do and do well with greater consistency.”

They watch vide of Tech video and also NFL defenses running schemes similar to Tech’s. Groh questions Attaochu on what he sees and what he would do on the field.

Said Groh, “There’s plenty of space in there for improvement.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

259 comments Add your comment

Goose Godsey

June 11th, 2012
10:03 am

Joe

June 11th, 2012
10:03 am

Okie Dokie……

juvenal

June 11th, 2012
10:03 am

stopping the run=#4?

juvenal

June 11th, 2012
10:07 am

anyone catch how Mark’s last blog spiraled down out of control? funny thing is, with as many Germans as there are at matches, it would be unhealthy to pick on Jerome, esp. after the stop he made on Ronaldo….

Ted DiBiase

June 11th, 2012
10:23 am

Groh’s D will be the difference between another okay year and a great year.

zgoldatl

June 11th, 2012
10:25 am

Soccer isn’t a sport. Let’s stick to football

Supersize that order, mutt

June 11th, 2012
10:26 am

Groh ain’t no dummy. Let’s just hope his players aren’t either.

juvenal

June 11th, 2012
10:33 am

z, you obviously have never played it, only basketball is as aerobic-the comment was more to the provincial attitude many US fans so proudly display, thanks for making my point….Al is apparently more nuanced, just hope we can get some NGs for this D….

JB

June 11th, 2012
10:46 am

I thought for sure that #1 was going to be he starts every morning off with an Ensure Chocolate drink.
Just kidding. Great guy and good coach. Go Dawgs.

juvenal

June 11th, 2012
11:01 am

funny, though, as computerized as play calling is now, that he failed statistics……

JB

June 11th, 2012
11:10 am

Anyone else interested in joinging me for this years MAMBLA Convention, lots of really young boys to be had.

juvenal

June 11th, 2012
11:11 am

I like college men better, in a wet jock strap. dude.

Goose Godsey

June 11th, 2012
11:12 am

Fags are fine Go Bulldogssssssssssssssssssssss

juvenal

June 11th, 2012
11:13 am

wow, Super, i finally got imitated(note upper case i)

Paddy

June 11th, 2012
11:31 am

juvenal…….you are correct, soccer players have tremedous talent. It just will never catch on as a pro sport in the USA. The sport has been trying since 1971 to make us buy tickets. It just is not going to happen.

Paddy

June 11th, 2012
11:32 am

And I really like watching soccer players pulling down each others shorts and seeing cute Manclevage.

Hiway61

June 11th, 2012
11:38 am

Thanks Ken for good info..looking forward to the other 7 points. Have a nice few days off….

Beat UGA

June 11th, 2012
11:40 am

When there is no room left to improve, you have gotten as good as you ever will be, so never say there is no room left to improve!

Mark

June 11th, 2012
11:43 am

I hope he teaches Atto to not smack a qb in the head giving the opponent a first down.

WnE

June 11th, 2012
11:48 am

re:
3. Groh has been meeting with outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu to watch video and help him learn his assignments. Groh said there have been plays where he wasn’t sure what Attaochu was doing. The goal of the sessions is “eradicating those from his game and doing the things that he knows how to do and do well with greater consistency.”

They watch vide of Tech video and also NFL defenses running schemes similar to Tech’s. Groh questions Attaochu on what he sees and what he would do on the field.

Said Groh, “There’s plenty of space in there for improvement.”
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Why is a 3rd year starter that started as a T-Fr. still blowing assignments mentally going into his THIRD YEAR if he is “smart enough” to stay Academically eligible at GT, isn’t that supposed to be one of our major advantages, that our players are supposed to be so much smarter than those at the factories that we at GT have less mental errors?

Jacket Man

June 11th, 2012
12:05 pm

WnE, why are you STILL posing STUPID questions?

Jacket Man

June 11th, 2012
12:06 pm

Or better yet, why do you think we give a rat’s patoot what YOU think?

Ted DiBiase

June 11th, 2012
12:11 pm

He’s just mad because his favorite professor got busted. WnE got plenty of “extra credit” in that German class.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 11th, 2012
12:12 pm

@ juvenal……take it from me, being imitated (if that’s the word you prefer to use) is nothing to be proud of……at least not in the context of these blogs. There are some real sicko’s on here. It is way past time for the AJC to come into the 21st century and require registration to post on here. Hell, even the pathetic Augusta paper has that requirement for its blogs; there is certainly no reason why the AJC can’t do the same.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 11th, 2012
12:14 pm

Guys, far be it from me ever to defend WnE, but I WILL give him credit for making a very positive post on Saturday when the news broke about Dieke’s father being mauled by a police dog at Wal Mart. In spite of everything else he may have said that pisses us off, he DID show some class on that particular post.

Jacket Fan

June 11th, 2012
12:17 pm

What happened to the Central Macon LB verbal commit?

HighTech

June 11th, 2012
12:22 pm

What are you trying to say, WnE? Do you think Tech players should be so smart as to not benefit from coaching or film sessions? If so, that is one of the dumber posts you’ve made.

Jmonty

June 11th, 2012
12:24 pm

As much as I am a Tech fan… I really hate CAG… I was not a fan of him while he was at UVA and I cringed when I heard he got hired. In my opinion he is not a good coach. He has some 3-4 plays that make no sense. Why he doesn’t blitz on 3rd and long?? Beats me. It seems like he plays scared. I know the technical term may be “conservative”… But, no… it’s scared. The defense seems to fail at doing the fundamental things that involve defense. I blame this on the coach. I personally cannot wait for him to go.

GStateBen

June 11th, 2012
12:26 pm

Georgia Tech is going to be the second best team in the City and Groh is not helping your cause. Schedule State and your defense will not handle our offense.

GO STATE!

Delbert D.

June 11th, 2012
12:26 pm

The Doors, Buddy Holly and Iron Butterfly.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 11th, 2012
12:28 pm

LMAO @ GStateBen. That’s about all that post deserves……a good hearty laugh. It must be sad to be so stupid

HighTech

June 11th, 2012
12:28 pm

Supersize…your praise of WnE for his post Saturday is misplaced. The purpose of WnE’s post about Dieke’s father was to show that a parent of a Tech player works at Walmart. It has nothing to do with concern for Dieke and everything to do with his hatred of CPJ.

GStateBen

June 11th, 2012
12:29 pm

@Supersize Stupid? I think not. Your grip on this city is slowly coming loose. Fear us.

Jmonty

June 11th, 2012
12:32 pm

@GStateBen…. Thanks.. I really needed a laugh. A little Monday humor does good..

HighTech

June 11th, 2012
12:32 pm

GStateBen…I admire your enthusiasm for your team. Best of luck this season.

Ted DiBiase

June 11th, 2012
12:34 pm

If “GStateBen” were actually a Georgia State fan, I might be inclined to take pity on him.

But he’s not…just another in the long line of aliases from the rocket scientists making up the Georgie fan base.

Delbert D.

June 11th, 2012
12:41 pm

GStateBen – Get out of there while there is still time. I attended Ga. State when it was a college with gravel $5 parking lots and after it was a university (graduate finance class in the biology lab at the old Norcross High. Man, they teach down to the lowest common denominator. All of the other 7 universities I attended were far better than that place.

HighTech

June 11th, 2012
12:41 pm

lol @ The Million Dollar Man. Rocket scientists.

Delbert D.

June 11th, 2012
12:48 pm

“Soccer isn’t a sport. Let’s stick to football”

I do agree with the 2nd sentence. Soccer is tedious to watch, but it meets my definition of a sport, since the combatants play on the same side of the net(s). Unlike tennis, which would be tedious as well, but I cannot bear to watch it.

Athens Campus Ninja

June 11th, 2012
12:50 pm

I signed on with the intent of posting something so stupid and banal, fellow posters would be left speechless. After reading what has been said so far, I realize that I am out of my league in the “stupid and banal” departments. As you were.

HighTech

June 11th, 2012
12:54 pm

Athens Campus Ninja…mission accomplished. Good job.

Technically Correct

June 11th, 2012
12:57 pm

Is this a first? The football fans at Georgia State are talking smack on a Georgia Tech blog? Either it is a comment on how the mighty Yellow Jackets football team has fallen or it is a comment on how far the intellectual level of GSU admissions has fallen…

Supersize that order, mutt

June 11th, 2012
12:59 pm

GStateBen…..tell us just who GaState has played in football and beat? If you have facts, PLEASE post them so that the rest of us might learn. But one thing for you to consider is that your coach once coached at Tech, and he sucked. He still sucks

Delbert D.

June 11th, 2012
1:02 pm

Occasional banality sprinkled on the blog is sort of like roach-proofing powder to keep the narcissistic trolls away.

Paul in NH

June 11th, 2012
1:02 pm

Attoachu has yet to play a single down in his 3rd year.

GStateBen

June 11th, 2012
1:21 pm

Does not matter, we are a young program poised to do big things. You techies think you are soo high and mighty. Thats fine, that will be your downfall. We will rise and create problems in your recruitment and we will have a great stock of kids. Enjoy the days you have in this city as #1, we will take that from you.

GStateBen

June 11th, 2012
1:25 pm

You can hardly sell a ticket to a game and the only time you sell out is… ohh that’s right… when Georgia pays a visit to knock you out.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 11th, 2012
1:25 pm

GStateBen…….in 20 years, GState MIGHT be competitive with Ga Southern. But until then, you are a nobody and will remain one, inside or outside the city of Atlanta

GStateBen

June 11th, 2012
1:28 pm

Who is Ga Southern? We passed them in 2 years. Your next.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 11th, 2012
1:29 pm

WRONG !!!! Every game with a DECENT opponent is sold out. And all those seats are not taken by fans of the other schools. Tech obviously needs to sell more season tickets—nobody denies that—, but that is because with a few exceptions, the ACC opponents just aren’t attractive. I know past history is a moot point, but when Tech was in the SEC, Grant Field was the largest capacity on-campus stadium in the southeast, and it was jam packed every game, no matter whom Tech played. If Tech were in the SEC today, win or lose, it would still be the number one draw in Atlanta. Ga State has nothing to offer anybody. Hell, you even had Left Driesel as your basketball coach and couldn’t win or draw any fans. You’re a non-entity in sports..