Brains or brawn?
UVA football coach Al Groh (63-66 in six seasons) may spend most of his time on the field, but an invitation last Thursday from University Librarian Karin Wittenborg prompted the pigskin bigwig to spend at least one afternoon testing the waters of academia as “Guest Librarian.” Wittenborg was invited to serve as Guest Football Coach for the Cavaliers in last fall’s victory over Florida State, and she returned the favor by offering Groh a day of library tours and meet-and-greets. You never know: After so many years in athletics, the football lifer may finally find his calling among the dusty stacks.
"Portrait of a Winner, did you say? We’re fresh out," says Al Groh to a patron while serving as guest librarian in Alderman Library.
And just in case you spot him hovering around the card catalog or scanning barcodes the next time you visit Alderman, C-VILLE has compiled a list of the top 10 books that, with all due respect, you just can’t check out when Al Groh is the librarian.
Portrait of a Winner, Vince Lombardi
Homegrown Hokie: A Tribute to Frank Beamer, Mike Harris
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie and Andrew MacMillian
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
The Sound & the Fury, William Faulkner
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
Football for Dummies, Howie Long and John Czarnecki
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