Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson has fired former UVA coach Al Groh as the Yellow Jackets' defensive coordinator. Georgia Tech has released a statement from Groh that says "The Institute has decided to go in a different direction, which I respect." Groh says he appreciates the help and input he received from assistant defensive coaches, and the efforts of Yellow Jacket players. The 68-year-old Groh goes on to say " It's been an honor to be a part of the legacy of Georgia Tech football. I feel positive that this is a good time in life to move on to a new situation." Groh was fired after nine years as UVA's head coach in November 2009.