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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Statement from Jim Grobe

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

As expected, Wake Forest defensive coordinator Brad Lambert has been hired as Charlotte's first football coach. Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe released the following statement:

“I am really excited for Brad Lambert but at the same time, I am sorry to see him leave. This is a wonderful opportunity for him and I know he’ll be a great head football coach. We are certainly going to miss Brad, Angie and the family, but we look forward to a new challenge at Wake Forest.”

With spring practices rapidly approaching, the timing of the move is unfortunate for Wake Forest. The good news for Deacs fans is that a lot of coaches out there want to work for Grobe, so finding a candidate shouldn't be too difficult. An interesting twist to this story, though, is that former NC State coach Chuck Amato wasn't even really considered. His age and health could have been factors.