UAB BLAZERS NEWS

Leonard Floyd miffed about not being named UGA’s MVP

Saturday night, Georgia linebacker Jake Ganus was named the team’s most valuable player at the team’s awards gala. He was certainly deserving of the award as he had a decent season with 55 tackles, a sack, and two interceptions. However, the senior linebacker’s career is likely over after he graduates and one of his teammates was pretty upset about being snubbed. Leonard Floyd...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB basketball coach paying players’ cost of attendance

UAB has been struggling this year when it comes to having funds for their student-athletes. This has driven one of their coaches to do what is necessary to help the athletes in any way he can. According to ESPN, UAB head men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase donated $46,000 of his own money to help pay for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ cost of attendance for this...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB everywhere: Ex-Blazers stay connected at new schools

UAB football is both nowhere and everywhere this season. The Blazers are on hiatus after the school announced it was shutting down the program in December only to reinstate it in June. UAB and coach Bill Clark will field a team again in 2017, but the NCAA allowed UAB's players to transfer without restrictions after the program was initially discontinued. This season more than two...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB Everywhere: Ex-Blazers stay connected as they branch out

UAB football is both nowhere and everywhere this season. The Blazers are on hiatus after the school announced it was shutting down the program in December only to reinstate it in June. UAB and coach Bill Clark will field a team again in 2017, but the NCAA allowed UAB's players to transfer without restrictions after the program was initially discontinued. This season more than two...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the preseason will actually matter for the Utah Jazz

While the preseason is exciting in the regard that it officially kicks off the new NBA season, its lack of meaningful implications and limited playing time from the teams’ best players usually make it less than thrilling to watch. However, in the case of the Utah Jazz, the players that see the majority of the time on the court during preseason will likely be the ones that are...
Via isportsweb.com
September 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Georgia LB Jake Ganus gets engaged post-victory

Since transferring over from UAB, linebacker Jake Ganus has been doing quite well at Georgia. He has 16 tackles and an interception across three games, and things got a bit better for him after the Bulldogs beat South Carolina on Saturday night. Ganus met his girlfriend at midfield, got down on one knee and proposed. She said yes, and the happy moment was caught on Instagram. ...
Via Campus Sports Net
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB football holds first meeting, workout since reinstating

The UAB Blazers football program held its first team meeting and workout since being reinstated back in June, just six months after the university announced that the football program would be discontinued. Drew Champlin of AL.com reported the exciting news. Head coach Bill Clark told Champlin that about 33 players, 13 of which were on scholarship, attended a team meeting on Sunday...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-UAB lineman returning to revived program

Former UAB Blazers offensive lineman Lee Dufour transferred to South Alabama after the Blazers’ football program was initially disbanded, but now it looks like he’s going home. Dufour took to Twitter over the weekend and announced that he would be returning to UAB and would be on the field once the football program was officially reestablished in 2017. Well its official, I am...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB coach Bill Clark may have offensive coordinator?

UAB Blazers football won’t be back until 2017, but head coach Bill Clark could already be starting to prepare his staff. According to The Scoop, Clark has already hired an offensive coordinator. The report suggests that Clark plans on hiring Les Koenning, who was most recently the wide receivers coach at Texas and the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State and Texas A&...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Former UAB player returning to play for Blazers

UAB Blazers football won’t be back until 2017, but one former player has already announced his intentions to suit up for the team once the program is back in full swing. Speaking to Gary Estwick of AL.com, kicker Nick Vogel confirmed that he was indeed returning to Birmingham to play for UAB, the school he signed with initially before transferring to Southern Miss in light of the...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB Blazers football to resume in 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB football will take the field again in 2017 and remain an FBS program. Athletic director Mark Ingram said Tuesday that rifle will return in the upcoming season, while bowling will compete in 2016-17 and football in two years. UAB dropped all three sports in December to cut costs, then announced six months later that they would be reinstated. The NCAA cleared...
Via AP on Fox
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB announces return of football program for 2017

By Dan Lyons It has been an long, weird off-season for UAB football, which was shut down in December after a 6-6 season amid backlash, and eventually reinstated on June 1. While the move really hurts a program that was building some momentum under head coach Bill Clark, the most important thing is that the Blazers will see the field again. Today, UAB Athletics announced that football...
Via College Spun
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Car crash claims life of former UAB, current WKU player

Losing a friend is never an easy thing to have to go through. This morning, the UAB Blazers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers know exactly how it feels to lose a friend, teammate, and brother. According to College Football Talk via WHNT-TV, former UAB and Western Kentucky football player Greg Maclin was killed a car wreck late Friday night. The news broke early Saturday morning. The...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB football's return great, but bad publicity will last forever

By Mike Craven UAB football has risen from the dead, but the corpse still stinks of rot and an ill-fated demise that could have been prevented with responsible oversight and competence. Less than six months ago, UAB president Ray Watts cut the football, bowling and rifle programs at the University of Alabama-Birmingham after a school-sanctioned report concluded it would cost too...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: UAB fans celebrate football reinstatement

By Kevin Causey. Last week we discussed whether the UAB football program should be reinstated. Today, it was announced that the football program would in fact be reinstated. #FreeUAB reaction outside UAB Admin Building pic.twitter.com/EcyaKJXlvH — Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) June 1, 2015
Via The Student Section
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB reportedly reinstating football program

By Steve DelVecchio Football is reportedly returning to UAB less than six months after president Ray Watts announced that the school would have to drop the program. UAB has scheduled an announcement for Monday afternoon, and several reports indicate that that the football program will be reinstated. New athletic director Mark Ingram has decided to form a committee that will help...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB voting to reinstate football program

There is some good news for the UAB Blazers football program and their fans. On Wednesday, university president Ray Watts announced that a vote will be held on June 1 to determine whether the school will reinstate the football program. The announcement comes after a report that showed UAB wasn’t losing money like initially anticipated and the school will be looking to see if it...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Victor Salako 'heartbroken' by UAB closure, discusses transition to OSU

If all would have gone according to plan, Victor Salako would still be at UAB, preparing for his junior season on the Blazers' offensive line. Instead, Salako and his former UAB teammates are speckled around the U.S., playing for new schools after UAB boarded up its football program after the 2014 season. The whole ordeal hit home for Salako, who received his only Division-I offer...
Via FOX Sports
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB linebacker wears football helmet to graduation

In the long history of memorable college graduation moments, Derek Slaughter might have jumped to the top of the list. The U Game time! Time to graduate!! #freeUAB pic.twitter.com/fCM2rcnAS4 — Derek Slaughter (@dslaughter33) April 25, 2015 The moment was caught on video, and the very bizarre matter between the school officials and the defunked football program has gone viral...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: UAB football player brings helmet to graduation

By Dan Lyons Earlier, we shared tweets from UAB linebacker Derek Slaughter, who planned to wear his football helmet during the school’s commencement ceremony to protest the dissolution of the program. Now, we have video of Slaughter crossing the stage, and it doesn’t disappoint for those who agree with his stance. Slaughter snubbed UAB president Ray Watts on the handshake as...
Via College Spun
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

UAB Shocks the World, Giving Blazers Fans Something to Cheer About

Isaac Hamilton #10 of the UCLA Bruins drives to the basket against the UAB Blazers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 21, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The sports world loves a good underdog story. Broadway Joe and the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. Rocky Balbao defeating Ivan...
Via The Sports Journal
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Your NCAA Tournament Second Round Saturday Announcing Schedule

There will be lots of Cinderellas in action when the Round of 32 begins on Saturday.  Here’s the full announcing schedule with the announcers, networks, and tip times.  It all begins with a matchup of two double digit seeds with the exclusive early afternoon window on CBS as the UAB Blazers face the UCLA Bruins and ends with the Hoosier state showdown between Notre Dame and...
Via Awful Announcing
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bracket-busters UAB wear mismatched shoes to raise cancer awareness

The 14th-seeded UAB Blazers notched the first shocking upset of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, upending the third-seeded Iowa State Cyclones on Thursday by a score of 60-59 in an absolutely stunning thriller. Some may have noticed that Blazers players wear mismatched shoes. Of course there’s a reason behind it, and it’s a terrifically heartwarming reason,...Read More The post Bracket...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Iowa State Of Disbelief: UAB Pulls Off A Not-So-Ordinary Upset

They call it March Madness for a reason, everyone. The magic of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is always attached to a certain kind of insanity. The endlessly, annually amazing capacity of this tournament is not that it surprises us. We know that weird things are going to happen with 19- and 20-year-olds thrown into the pressure of a national stage. No, the true...
Via The Student Section
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 14 UAB Knocks Off No. 3 Iowa State After Wild Final Minute (Videos)

Chances are, anyone who wasn’t a University of Alabama-Birmingham fan or alum was dismayed to see the 14th-seeded Blazers pull the upset over No. 3 seed Iowa State on Thursday. In just the second game of the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 64, quite a few brackets were already busted. UAB supporters don’t care, though, as their team pulled off a 60-59 win that was the early talk...
Via NESN.com
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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