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Roddy White Alma Mater Shutting Down Football Program


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It's a shame.

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USA Today reports that UAB will shut down its football program this week.

According to the paper, UAB AD Brian Mackin has been given the news and is working on a separation agreement from the university. It's a sad day for the Blazers, who, led by HC Bill Clark, reached six wins and bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004. No word yet on whether Clark and his players will be allowed to participate in the bowl if UAB is announced as a postseason participant next Sunday.
Source: USA Today
Nov 30 - 4:51 PM
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For those of you who do not know, the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) is one of the three major campuses in the University of Alabama system. (In addition to the mother campus in Tuscaloosa - known simply as the University of Alabama (UA), the UA System also includes the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH); UAH does not have a football program.)

Other smaller universities in the state of Alabama not a part of the UA System (e.g.: Jacksonville State, North Alabama, Alabama A&M, Troy University, South Alabama, Alabama State, and others) have long had football programs with their own storied traditions. However, the officials of the mother campus in Tuscaloosa have never been enthusiastic about UAB developing a football program that could conceivably one day rival Tuscaloosa's. Consequently, members of the Board of Governors of the University of Alabama system have long been accused of subtly undermining the UAB football program ever since UAB started playing Division III football in 1991. UAB moved up to Division 1-A football in 1996.

Mostly because the general public in Alabama so strongly identify with either the Alabama Crimson Tide or the Auburn Tigers, the UAB Blazers program always had difficulty gaining adequate support even within Birmingham, let alone outside the city. I personally hold it a sad day when the UAB football program is discontinued. There has been discussion about UAB (and UAH) separating from the UA System, becoming independent universities. If that should come about, perhaps Blazers football could be resurrected.

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