But there is another measurement that, if not impressive to the general fan, resonates with those in a Virginia uniform. Sixty-five Cavaliers have gone onto the NFL after playing for Groh, including 22 selected in the NFL draft during the past five seasons. Groh produces NFL talent at a rate uncanny for a coach who has not had a 10-win season, much less a coach who might be unemployed in two weeks.
While watching this week's Steelers game, they cut in to show a highlight of Jason Snelling scoring a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons (he had two on the day). Then they came back to the game, and Heath Miller caught a pass for a long gain.
My Hokie friends are constantly asking how Virginia can be so terrible at football when they have players drafted -- and drafted highly -- into the NFL every single year. There can really only be one answer to that question, unfortunately.
There is, and has been, talent in the program. It's gotta be the coaching (or lack thereof).