Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe resigns
Grobe, 61, finishes with a 77-82 (42-62 ACC) record during his tenure in Winston-Salem and a 3-2 bowl record, including a loss to Louisville in the 2007 Orange Bowl.
"Jim Grobe's tenure at Wake Forest will go down as the greatest run of football success in school history," athletic director Ron Wellman said in a statement. "Jim and his staff have lifted our program to great heights. Every Demon Deacon fan will be forever grateful for the 2006 ACC Championship and the trip to the Orange Bowl.
“Jim showed us that winning championships is a worthy and realistic goal for us. We are indebted to him for raising our expectations."
Grobe’s Cinderella-like run from 2006-08 has become a distant memory. The Demon Deacons are 23-38 over the last five years and have lost their only bowl appearance (2011) since.
Wake Forest has endured five straight losing seasons, posting just four wins in 2013. It’s not the easiest task coaching a school that has the smallest enrollment of any member of one of the six major BCS conferences. Grobe did just that and got a quick taste of high-level success, but likely realized that the program was falling back to mediocrity.
Grobe was No. 15 on this year's issue of FanIQ's coaches on the hot seat.
Wellman hasn’t given a timetable for the conclusion of his coaching search, but be on the lookout for Ball State’s Pete Lembo and former USC defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron as leading candidates.
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