from Al Groh, University of Virginia football coach, in response
to remarks he made earlier today
20, 2001-- Earlier today, I made a comment during
the ACCs weekly coaches teleconference that has been
poorly received within the University and elsewhere. I am sorry
if my remarks were insensitive. Like many American citizens, my
emotions are near the surface after last week's tragedy, especially
since 70 people in the town I lived in for four years, some of whom
I know, are missing.
did not mean to insinuate that millions of sensitive, God-fearing
people of Arabic descent are terrorists. I hope we can all focus
on the significant issues of recovery and the future of our country.
That is done through unity and not divisiveness. That, and coaching
my team, will be my focus.
from Craig Littlepage, University of Virginia director of athletics
in response to remarks made today by Al Groh, U.Va. football coach.
the past week, there have been many calls for cooperation and coming
together within our country. Here in Charlottesville and at the
University we have mourned as one, bridging our diverse backgrounds
and cultures. This is no time to inflame emotions. Unfortunately,
Coach Groh's remark earlier today has had that unintended effect.
The Athletics Department regrets any hurt the statement may have