Jim Grobe: Expectations Got Higher And That Is Tough At Wake
Former Wake Forest Football Coach, Jim Grobe, joined the show to discuss his time in Winston-Salem and what the future holds.
On leaving Wake: It’s really tought to leave the kids. That’s why I stayed at Wake Forest, when I had opportunities when I had a chance to take some other jobs. I felt like I had a calling to be at Wake Forest. We had a lot of success in the middle part of my career there and then went into neutral a little bit. I felt like the school had lost a little bit of energy trying to keep up with some of the other ACC schools. I just felt like it was time.
On his time at Wake: When I first got there, no one thought we could win, even a game. We opened at ECU and no one thought we could win. Then we got to the point everyone realized we could win, We went to the Orange Bowl,then won nine games and then eight. Everyone realized we could win, but then we got to the point where everyone expected us to win. That’s not a good place to be at Wake Forest, especially if you’re not doing things to keep up with other programs. On one hand it was an honor they thought I could do it by myself, but at some point the school needed to step up and the best opportunity for that to happen was for Jim Grobe not to be there.
On Being Interested in the Army Job: Absolutely, mainly because I love the academies. I spent eleven years at the Air Force Academy with Fisher DeBerry and those kids are in my heart. I have not talked to them, so whether that’s something they would want, it’s certainly something I’m interested in.
Coach Grobe talks about the job offers that came while he was at Wake, Florida State in the BCS Championship game and Jim makes Coach’s day.