Mike Groh leaves Louisville for Alabama

Here's the release out of Tuscaloosa:

Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Monday the hiring of Mike Groh, who will serve as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator with the Crimson Tide. Groh, a former quarterback at the University of Virginia, joins Alabama's coaching staff after serving as the quarterbacks coach at Louisville last season. Groh spent eight years at Virginia (2001-08) and spent three of those seasons coaching the wide receivers.

"We are excited to have Mike join our staff," said head coach Nick Saban. "He did an outstanding job here a year ago and when he left, he was one that I hoped we could bring back to Alabama at some point. He knows the game and what we want to do in terms of philosophy and terminology from an offensive standpoint. He relates well to the players and is also a very good recruiter. We are pleased to have Mike and Elena back with our football program at the University of Alabama."

Groh spent the 2009 season at Alabama as an offensive graduate assistant as the Crimson Tide recorded a 14-0 record en route to the National Championship. Last year as the quarterbacks coach at Louisville, Groh was instrumental in the development of seniors Adam Froman and Justin Burke. Due to injuries, both players shared the starting role and showed great improvement from the previous season. After throwing just nine touchdown passes in 2009, the quarterbacks combined to throw 22 in 2010 with just eight interceptions.

"Having been at The University of Alabama for the 2009 National Championship season, I have a great appreciation for the Alabama football tradition and the first-class manner in which Coach Saban runs his program," said Groh. "The opportunity join Coach Saban's staff at Alabama is special and I'm excited to be back. I had a terrific experience last season coaching for Charlie Strong at Louisville and learned a great deal from him. Under his direction, I'm confident they will compete for many Big East Championships in the years to come."

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