UVA loses another player

Chris Johnson claims he was treated unfairly by UVA football Coach Al Groh, and he's joining two other players heading to Grambling State University, according to Jerry Miller in the Progress.

Johnson, a heavily recruited 2004 CHS grad who's the son of Walton Middle School principal Eric Johnson, was suspended from the team for academic reasons in September 2005. He and his father say Groh promised him his scholarship back if Johnson got his academic house in order, and Johnson attended PVCC to do so. When Groh offered him a spot on the team this fall as a walk-on, the Johnsons cried foul and allege that Groh was not honest with Chris. Groh blames the miscommunication on the Johnsons, says he never promised the scholarship back, and then cites the confidentiality factor in declining to discuss details of the incident.

Says an indignant Chris Johnson, "Why would I pay to go to Piedmont and come back as a walk-on when I can go somewhere else and have it all covered?"