The University of Virginia has fired Al Groh after nine seasons as football coach at his alma mater.

The news came Sunday in a press release from the University of Virginia. The news is not a huge surprise, it comes less than 24 hours after the Cavaliers finished the season with a 42-13 loss to Virginia Tech. 

The Cavaliers ended up with a 3-9 record this season, their worst record since 1982. The Cavaliers ended the season on a six game losing streak which included a 6th straight loss to rival, Virginia Tech.

Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage had some very kind words for departing football coach Al Groh in the press release sent out by the team Sunday:

"There is not a coach in the college game who has worked harder than Al Groh in trying to build a football program.  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."

Craig Littlepage begins his search for a new head coach will begin immediately, but no time table has been set, as many of the possible candidates will be involved in postseason play. The fate of the UVA assistant coaches will be determined by the new head coach, once one is hired.

Littlepage saying the goals for the program will remain the same, with excellence both on the field and in the classroom.

Al Groh had two years remaining on his contract. The former coach and the athletic department have come to an agreement which will pay him $4.33 million.  The Virginia alum finishes his career with a record of 59-and-53 as head coach at UVA.