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  1. This is great news for the conference and of course for UAB. Clark provides a great accomplishment here for other CUSA coaches and programs to shoot for. http://www.sportingnews.com/us/ncaa-foot...b38g8exgc3
  2. Join @Evan, @Harry and @TheReal_jayD as they recap a big 30-7 home win against Southern Miss and the upcoming HUGE road game against UAB. GMG.com Barbershop Podcast #199 AUDIO LINK
  3. As fall camp approaches, with players reporting on Thursday, August 2, MeanGreenSports.com takes a look back at some of the biggest moments from the 2017 season. MeanGreenSports.com relives each of these key moments from the nine-win season last year. We conclude our series with the win over UAB, which ended up being a major turning point in the Mean Green’s season. Entering Conference USA play, North Texas was coming off two consecutive road losses and the Mean Green were desperate for a win. Losses at SMU and Iowa put North Texas in a 1-2 hole to start the year, and on paper, figured to h
  4. The ever-widening gulf between the haves and have-nots of modern day college athletics hit UAB like a punch in the gut last month. The athletic department was forced to cut or eliminate 12 positions before the start of its new fiscal year in July. The estimated savings are about $400,000. Caught in the middle of the sudden layoffs was Zac Schrieber. Schrieber was a sports information director at Samford University for 14 years. Last month, he was offered a position by UAB to be the Blazers' new SID for men's basketball. For a father with two young children, it was a major step for his fa
  5. http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2017/08/uab_football_hits_10000_mark_f.html#incart_river_index
  6. With addition of UAB and Coastal Carolina to FBS level football I think realignment between the Sun Belt and Conference USA is in order. I have constructed my ideal version of these conferences with team that will be in them in the 2017 season. I prefer a 12 conference or less whenever possible. However geographically in made more sense to make the border between the conferences the Alabama-Mississippi state line. So my version of the Sun Belt has 14 teams. I did not divide the Sun Belt into divisions cause I don't know much about these eastern programs. I am assuming that my lack of
  7. http://s.al.com/ccR4rNb Birmingham businessman Jimmy Filler just gave a $1 million donation to the UAB football program. That number should put UAB Athletics at just over $40 million raised in a years time. Probably more to come. UAB is really coming on strong. They appear to be position themselves as the lead dog in CUSA.
  8. I knew that they would probably have quite a few transfers and jucos etc but I just saw their updated commitment listing and sure enough.. http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/10/2016_uab_football_commitments.html There are like 30 and they are all juco or transfers! What's the deal? Is it because they are restarting football in 2017 that they are taking this approach? Actually, it seemed like they had a primarily juco transfer roster the year before last. It seems like their coach likes going that route. Does anyone know the particulars or parameters of how
  9. State Rep. Jack Williams told AL.com Thursday morning he's received "strong indications" that UAB President Ray Watts has decided not to reinstate the school's football program and plans to announce that news Friday night. "This could lead to irreparable damage at UAB in its relationship with the community," Williams said. UAB released a statement later Thursday morning saying that no decision has been made yet on the possible return of football, rifle and bowling. Williams said he believes Watts "is holding fast" to his original decision to eliminate the sports, which was announced Dec.
  10. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/12886474/major-college-football-attendance-hits-worst-average-2003 "UAB, which cut its football program but is considering reinstating it in the coming weeks, had the second-biggest rise, jumping from 10,548 fans per game to 21,841."
  11. https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/it...-football/ Author actually contests some of the CSS assumptions, saying even they were too pessimistic.
  12. TROY, Ala. – The Sun Belt Conference ended its annual spring meetings of presidents, athletic directors and basketball coaches on Tuesday in nearby Montgomery, Ala., having reached no definitive conclusion regarding whether or not it will invite a new member to join the league. According to a statement from conference, “discussion did include the potential for additional membership and expansion, but Sun Belt officials will not have further comment on the subject.” It’s believed the Sun Belt, which is looking to add one more program, is waiting to learn the fate of Alabama-Birmingham b
  13. Rick Stockstill was very disappointed to see UAB disband its football program, but that won't stop him from capitalizing on the situation. The Middle Tennessee State head coach sees less competition to recruit players out of Alabama now that UAB is without a Division I football program. With UAB out of the picture -- at least for now -- it creates an opportunity to recruit "15 to 20 kids who might have been interested in UAB but now they have to look somewhere else," said Stockstill. In a talent-rich state like Alabama, the loss of an FBS-level school could benefit numerous out-of
  14. Conference USA's upcoming spring meetings should be more interesting than most. Thanks to UAB. Besides needing to select a host city, venue and format for the annual C-USA men's and women's basketball tournaments, the league's athletic directors have to discuss the ongoing situation with UAB's membership when the meetings commence Monday in Destin, Fla. It appeared the Blazers' swan song in C-USA would be the 2015-16 school year since embattled UAB President Ray Watts terminated the school's football program last December. Under league bylaws, UAB cannot remain in the league wi
  15. Conference USA needs to err on the side of caution in the UAB situation. I know, I know. There are some impetuous athletic directors in C-USA who would kick the Blazers to the curb lock, stock and basketball program during spring meetings later this month. To be kind, I think they are misguided. To be honest, they are misanthropes. A rush to judgment not only would be a mistake, it would be a crime considering UAB and Southern Miss are the longest-standing members of this plundered league. The Blazers simply deserve better. And it appears that's what UAB will get. Although C-US
  16. Alabama-Birminghams future in Conference USA will be decided on June 8 when the leagues executive committee meets in Dallas, conference officials decided during a conference call earlier this week. Yet the decision may be a foregone conclusion. Several conference officials, who asked not to be identified, said there appears to be a consensus that unless UAB does the unthinkable and announces it will revive football, the Blazers will be forced to leave C-USA. UAB officials announced on Dec. 2 that they were shutting down their football program. That violates Conference USA by
  17. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/writer/dennis-dodd/25120793/despite-uab-debacle-football-a-must-have-for-status-hungry-schools
  18. Conference USA will be patient in deciding whether to keep the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a member, C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said Thursday. UAB president Ray Watts gave a presentation to C-USA presidents this week during the conference's winter meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. UAB dropped football last month and C-USA bylaws require schools to play football to be a member. Since then, UAB has created a committee to reexamine its justification for dropping football, bowling and rifle. A new outside consultant is going to be hired to review financial numbers and assump
  19. Why it could happen quickly They have already done all of their due diligence on these teams through the past couple of expansions/replacements. They know what is going on facility wise at say ULL or Arky State etc.. they don't need additional binders and site visits unless its a new team to the mix like say Liberty etc.. Why would you wait to add a team you know you need to add if adding them would help the team in recruiting? The sooner you can make the announcement the better it will help whatever team it is to finish up their recruiting class... You have a good window of medi
  20. UAB's decision last week to discontinue its football program continues to receive backlash from not only its players but the student body who continues to protest the decision. The school is the first to cut football since Pacific in 1995 with the school citing the rising costs in college athletics. As the Blazers' coaching staff and football players pick up the pieces and look for a new school to call home, the decision hits close to home in the Monroe area. UAB's athletic budget ranked 83rd among FBS schools, and first-year head coach Bill Clark was drawing a $500,000 paycheck annually
  21. But even if the Blazers hadnt been undercut by their own trustees, they still would have had a tremendous hill to climb, one thats getting steeper every year as the gap between the haves and the have-nots of football continues to grow. UAB was in the vanguard of a recent trend of universities starting football programs from scratch with the plan to get to Division I as soon as possible, and reap the PR and financial benefits that come with a major football program. Nine other universities that are in or are about to join the Football Bowl Subdivision have started football programs since UAB di
  22. http://www.conferenceusa.com/genrel/120214aac.html Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky Statement on UAB: "We are aware of the study but disappointed with the decision to discontinue the sport of football at UAB, particularly because of its effect on the lives of the student-athletes and coaches that have worked so hard to restore the quality of the program. We don't fully understand the decision, nor agree with it, but do respect it and the authority of the UAB Administration to make it. As a conference, we will move forward in our pursuit of excellence in athletics and academic
  23. Alabama-Birmingham officials are expected to announce this week that they will shutter their football program, USA Today and Sports Illustrated reported on Sunday. If true, it will be a blow to Conference USA, and as such, a blow for Old Dominion’s football program. UAB would be forced to withdraw from the conference, which requires schools to play football. First-year coach Bill Clark, who guided UAB to a 6-6 record this season and bowl eligibility, will have his contract bought out and athletic director Brian Mackin will be fired as part of a reorganization of the athletic department
  24. UAB has experienced a dramatic turnaround this year, as first-year coach Bill Clark has the Blazers on the verge of bowl eligibility. But behind the scenes, the future of UAB football doesn't look so bright. In a letter sent today to UAB President Ray Watts, members of an organization called the UAB Football Foundation have alleged that the Alabama Board of Trustees is considering shutting down the UAB football program after the 2016 season. The letter (which is embedded below) alleges that the board is studying the viability of the UAB football program, seeking evidence to support sh
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