Georgia Tech DC Al Groh fired

Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh has been fired, the school announced on Monday.

This announcement isn't a surprise, considering how much the Jackets have struggled defensively, but the timing of it is. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is expected to name an interim coordinator at his 3:30 p.m. ET news conference. The most likely candidates are defensive assistants Charles Kelly or Andy McCollum.

Georgia Tech has allowed more than 600 total yards in two of the past three losses, and an average of 46 points per game over that span.

“The Institute has decided to go in a different direction, which I respect,” Groh said in a prepared statement. “I appreciate all the help and input from [assistant defensive coaches] Charles Kelly, Joe Speed and Andy McCollum, and the effort of all the players.

“I aimed to give the best that I had every day. 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.”