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UAB football is back, but how quickly can the Blazers be successful?

UAB Blazers football was officially reborn last Saturday. On April 1, the program held its first spring game since 2014 in front of nearly 8,000 fans. The green team defeated the white team, 49-7. But the score didn’t much matter. Blazers football was back from the dead, and bursting with new life in Birmingham. Chances are you know the story of UAB’s temporary demise by now...
Via The Comeback
15 days ago  |  Discuss

UAB signs last recruiting class before football restart

The UAB Blazers laid another foundation in the football program's restart. Blazers coach Bill Clark finished up a 20-player recruiting class with nine high school players Wednesday, the latest building block seven months from the season opener against Alabama A&M. It was about more than star ratings and recruiting rankings but a more long-term view of the program that had previously...
Via AP on Fox
February 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Darling scores 20, UAB swamps Southern Miss 87-43

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Freshman Nate Darling came off the bench to hit six 3-pointers and score a career-high 20 points and UAB swamped Southern Mississippi 87-43 on Saturday night. Javien Williams added 13 points, William Lee added 10 with eight rebounds and Deion Lavender 10 with seven assists for the Blazers (14-8, 7-2 Conference USA), who won their 22nd straight home conference...
Via AP on Fox
January 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Louisiana Tech had to play with just four players vs UAB after benches cleared & everyone else was ejected

A bench-clearing fight broke out in Birmingham during Thursday nights’ UAB-Louisiana Tech men’s basketball game (which I know you were following closely). Here are a couple videos of the scene: And while benches clearing is always interesting, the main takeaway from this story is that Louisiana Tech was forced to finish the game with four players, due to everyone else on the...
Via The Comeback
January 27, 2017  |  Discuss

UAB beats Miles 98-66 behind Cokley's 21 points

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Chris Cokley scored 21 points, William Lee added 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds, and UAB closed its non-conference season Wednesday with a 98-66 win over Division II Miles College. Dirk Williams scored 17 points with four 3-pointers, Deion Lavender made a career-high 11 assists, and Javien Williams added 14 points for the Blazers (7-6), who made 11 of 20 from...
Via AP on Fox
December 28, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB shoots record percentage, ends SFA's 31-game home streak

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) Javien Williams scored 21 points and UAB set a school record, shooting 72.1 percent in an 84-73 victory over Stephen F. Austin, ending the Lumberjacks' 31-game home winning streak Wednesday night. William Lee added 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, Dirk Williams 13 points, Deion Lavender 12 and Hakeem Baxter 10 for the Blazers (5-4), who were consistent...
Via AP on Fox
December 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Lee, Mehinti pace UAB to 75-45 win over Alabama A&M

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) William Lee scored 15 points and Tosin Mehinti added 13 as UAB defeated Alabama A&M 75-45 on Tuesday night. Lee and Mehinti each blocked three shots as the Blazers (4-3) held Alabama A&M to 33-percent shooting, forcing 15 turnovers. The Blazers broke away from a 12-12 tie to go up 32-19 by halftime. Quinterian McConico led the Bulldogs (0-6) with...
Via AP on Fox
November 29, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: KU freshman Josh Jackson throws down nasty posterizing jam vs UAB

The Kansas Jayhawks blew out the UAB Blazers 83-63 in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic semifinals on Monday in Kansas City, Missouri. Get all that? But all we really care about for the purpose of this post is what Kansas freshman star Josh Jackson did in the game. Jackson showed why he’s a projected top-five pick in next year’s NBA draft (he’s currently No. 1 on NBADraft.Net...
Via The Comeback
November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Most likely Cinderella teams of the 2017 NCAA Tournament

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November 14, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB gives Ehsan victory in head-coaching debut, 86-66

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Tyler Madison scored 16 points, Hakeem Baxter added 15 and UAB gave Robert Ehsan a victory in his debut as the Blazers' head coach in an 86-66 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday night. Chris Cokley added 14 points and eight rebounds, Dirk Williams 13 points and Javien Williams 11. The Blazers rolled to a 44-21 lead at halftime and were up by as many...
Via AP on Fox
November 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Collin Lisa transferring back to UAB

After leaving the UAB Blazers when the football program was disbanded, wide receiver Collin Lisa is set to return to where his collegiate career began. According to reports from the Buffalo News and al.com, Lisa is returning to UAB following the news that the program will return in 2017. “I definitely think I could have had had a big year this year, but when I heard it was coming...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 21, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB assistant Mike Bennefield resigns to spend more time with family

The UAB Blazers football program will return to the field for the 2017 season, but they currently have to deal with an unexpected vacancy on Bill Clark’s coaching staff. According to reports, UAB line coach Mike Bennefield is set to resign from his position with the team to spend more time with his family. Bennefield will be stepping down immediately, per al.com. Bennefield first...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Growing tension between UAB coach Bill Clark, AD Mark Ingram

The UAB Blazers will resume playing football in 2017, but word on the street is that there is disorder in the athletic department’s house. According to a report from Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com, the friction between head coach Bill Clark and AD Mark Ingram is growing daily due to Ingram’s alleged micromanagement. Scarbinsky’s report cites people close to Clark as saying how...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Stanford hires Jerod Haase as head basketball coach

Add Jerod Haase’s name to the list of mid-major head coaches who have successfully made the leap to a power conference. Stanford University officially announced on Friday the hiring of Haase as the new head coach of their basketball program. Haase had previously coached the UAB Blazers for the last four seasons, compiling a record of 80-53. The 41-year-old Haase guided the Blazers...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB downs FAU 73-70 behind Brown's 17 points

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Robert Brown scored 17 points, William Lee added 15 and UAB closed the regular season with a 73-70 win over FAU on Saturday to sweep the series against the Owls. It's the fifth-straight win for the Conference USA champion Blazers (26-5, 16-2), who are the top seed in next week's tournament. Trailing by 13 at halftime, FAU pulled within 66-62 on Jeantal Cylla...
Via AP on Fox
March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Williams lifts UAB past Marshall 95-91

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Dirk Williams sank four 3-pointers and scored 19 points to lead Alabama-Birmingham past Marshall 95-91 on Thursday night and give the Blazers a two-game advantage atop the Conference USA. Nick Norton added 17 points, Chris Cokley had 16 and Robert Brown 13 for UAB (23-5, 13-2), which shot 47 percent and had 19 assists to go with its 31 field goals. William...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB fans go nuts as freshman sends them over the century mark

The UAB Blazers are one of the best mid-major teams in the country this year and they look like a team that could make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. On Saturday, the team handled Florida Atlantic pretty well, beating them 104-67. Late in the game, seven-foot French freshman Thomas Smallwood made just his seventh appearance in a game this season. He hit a three-point shot to...
Via Campus Sports Net
February 08, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB coasts to 104-67 win over Florida Atlantic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Chris Cokley scored 14 points to lead seven Alabama-Birmingham players in double figures for a 104-67 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday night. Robert Brown, Thomas Smallwood and Lewis Sullivan had 13 points each, Dirk Williams added 12 and William Lee had 10 to go with 10 rebounds for UAB (20-4, 10-1 Conference USA). The Blazers shot 60 percent from the...
Via AP on Fox
February 06, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB 's Clark: Signing day 'beyond just a big day'

The UAB Blazers loaded up on junior college players and signed Alabama's Mr. Football in their return to national signing day. The Blazers added 18 players to about the same number of mid-year enrollees on Wednesday, replenishing a roster that's still some 19 months away from taking the field. It's another step in coach Bill Clark's forced reinvention of UAB football after the program...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Reborn UAB has something to celebrate this signing day

The UAB Blazers will have just as much to celebrate on Wednesday as all the programs collecting five-star recruits and gaudy national rankings. The Blazers are back in the recruiting business, and in a big way. UAB, which had eliminated football, might end up with a class of up to 45 players by the end of the annual signing day. Coach Bill Clark and his staff are rebuilding almost...
Via AP on Fox
February 02, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB beats Marshall 81-78 to take 1st in Conference USA

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) Dirk Williams scored 16 points, Lee William added 15 and UAB beat Marshall 81-78 on Saturday to take sole possession of first place in Conference USA. Nick Norton scored 14 points, Chris Cokley and Robert Brown added 13 apiece and Toshin Mehinti grabbed 10 rebounds for the Blazers (18-4, 8-1). Trailing 40-32 at halftime, Marshall gained on a layup and...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2016  |  Discuss

UGA LB Jake Ganus represents UAB at Senior Bowl practice

The Georgia Bulldogs received a talented linebacker in Jake Ganus when UAB shut their football program down following the 2014 season. He was a standout player for the Blazers during his career and he was permitted to conclude his career with the Bulldogs in 2015. He totaled 101 tackles, five for loss, and a sack for the Bulldogs this year, which helped him win the team’s MVP award...
Via Campus Sports Net
January 28, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB fends off Rice rally in 82-70 win, 20th straight at home

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Robert Brown scored 19 points and Nick Norton 18 to help UAB defeat Rice 82-70 Thursday night and set a school record for consecutive home wins. UAB (16-3, 6-0 Conference USA) won its 20th consecutive game at Bartow Arena, and tied a school record with its 13th straight win. The current win streak is second-longest in the NCAA behind SMU (18). Chris Cokley...
Via AP on Fox
January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Lee, Norton help UAB beat Old Dominion 72-71 in overtime

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) William Lee hit five 3-pointers and finished with 28 points, both career highs, and Nick Norton made a layup with three seconds left in overtime to help UAB beat Old Dominion 72-71 Thursday night. Norton had all of his four points, and Lee scored 10, in overtime. Robert Brown finished with 14 points and five assists for the Blazers. Lee hit a 3 to put UAB (13...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

UAB surprises former player Timothy Alexander with new truck

The UAB Blazers didn’t have football this year and won’t get it back until the 2017 season. The school has a lot of people to thank for being able to bring the sport back, but there is one particular person that was integral in the process. Former UAB football player Timothy Alexander was involved in a car accident that paralyzed him from the waist down. Ever since that life...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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