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Statement from Al Groh, University of Virginia football coach, in response to remarks he made earlier today

September 20, 2001-- Earlier today, I made a comment during the ACC’s 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.

I certainly 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.

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Statement from Craig Littlepage, University of Virginia director of athletics in response to remarks made today by Al Groh, U.Va. football coach.

In 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 caused.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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