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.
According to reports coming out of Birmingham, UAB—which announced in December that it would terminate its football, bowling and rifle programs—will be reviving its football team. UAB officials have set a 4 p.m. press conference, at which time president Ray Watts and first-year athletic director Mark Ingram are expected to take the podium to announce the return of Blazer football. Watts is expected to file notice with the NCAA in the near future.
There are several issues that will face the Blazers if Watts does indeed announce the return, first and foremost being that due to graduation, recruitment nullifications, and transfers, UAB will need a good bit of time before it can dress a team, let alone return to bowl eligibility.
So now these crying players can hug it out again and the students can cheer on good ole President Watts because, you know, it’s all good now. Everyone can act like the past six months didn’t even happen, that the termination didn’t force the team to miss out on playing in a bowl game after its third-ever bowl-eligible regular season performance, that Tristan Henderson didn’t lay into Watts like it was nobody’s business, and that the politics behind sports didn’t just ruin some kids’ lives.
As for all you UAB rifle and bowling supporters, it is unclear whether Watts will be announcing either program’s return, though the UAB Football Foundation has reportedly raised $22 million in hopes of returning all three squads.