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Groh signs $1.7 million, long-term pact with UVa

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Virginia football coach Al Groh has agreed to a new contract that will make his annual compensation $1.7 million, giving him a raise of nearly $1 million after leading the Cavaliers to three straight bowl games.

The contract, announced Friday as a five-year deal but actually running through six seasons to Dec. 31, 2010, was signed earlier in August and is already in effect, athletic director Craig Littlepage said.

It calls for an annual salary of $240,000 and $1.46 million in compensation for fund-raising responsibilities, radio and television appearances and endorsements. It also includes performance bonuses tied to the Cavaliers' appearances in the postseason, including the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, and its final ranking.

``We believe we have a coach with a unique set of credentials,'' Littlepage said, citing Groh's long history as an NFL assistant and head coach, and as an alumnus.

The new contract supersedes the seven-year deal Groh signed in 2000, Littlepage said, and ``reflects the market for top-20, top-25 coaches nationally.''

It also will roll over annually after 2010, Littlepage said, giving the school and Groh the ability to continue extending the contract without additional negotiations.

Groh, 61, who left the New York Jets after one season as their head coach in December 2000 to return to Virginia, has guided the Cavaliers to a 30-21 record in four seasons.

``Obviously all the Grohs are quite pleased about this,'' he said. ``This is where we want to coach, this is the team we want to coach and this is where we want to live.

``Outside of that, I don't feel particularly comfortable being the center of attention, particularly as close as it gets to the football season,'' he said.

Groh's original contract called for a salary of $200,000 and total compensation of $765,000 annually.

Virginia opens this season at home against Western Michigan on Sept. 3.

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