If you thought watching a football program die was hard, wait until we witness one try to raise itself from the grave.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham—the one that killed football and unleashed hell on itself—is now bringing back the program back to life just six months after its death.
The unilateral closing of UAB’s football team still has students, fans, and players rightfully upset. Senior linebacker Derek Slaughter elected to make one final statement on the program’s demise by wearing his helmet to graduation:
Fred Hoiberg's squad didn't get a second game to show off their style of play. Third-seeded Iowa State lost to UAB 60-59 after Naz Long's potential tying three missed, and the ball went in as a two-point shot with less than a second remaining. This was the Blazers' first tournament win since the 2004-2005 season.
This is small beans in the grand scheme of things, but it still hurts. When UAB announced it would shutter its football team at the end of the season, the 6-6 Blazers still had hopes that the season—the program—could go out with one more game. Time to give up on hope, according to this ESPN report.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced today that it was shutting down its football program, leading to an emotional day on campus. Before the decision was announced publicly, UAB president Ray Watts met privately with the team. One of the UAB students in the room shot the above video, which captures a…
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is reportedly shuttering its football program, becoming the first FBS football program to close since University of the Pacific in 1995.
Our weekly college football shame index.
1. Alabama-Birmingham My Ass It's UAB. Do we call the Bruins California-Los Angeles? No. So quit pretending that UAB is some sort of second-tier affiliate state school on the order of Louisiana-Monroe. Even though Alabama-Tuscaloosa refuses to play UAB in basketball due to an age-old recruiting rivalry, the teams have…
Kentucky Wildcats (21-12) vs. Alabama-Birmingham Blazers (24-6).
When: Friday, 9:55 p.m.
1. Tom Penders Is Not Coming To Birmingham. When Arkansas gave Nolan Richardson the boot, his assistant coach Mike Anderson found his home at UAB. Fortunately for UAB, Anderson brought the up tempo offense used at Arkansas and not Richardson's "t-shirt under the blazer" wardrobe. Due to Anderson's success at UAB, he's…