UAB RUMORS & GOSSIP

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 '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 Associated Press
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 Associated Press
February 02, 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

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

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

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 Associated Press
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

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

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

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

La. Tech fans taunted UAB with cruel chant during game

By Matt Lombardi Usually there is nothing wrong with a little banter between fans of conference rivals. But what Louisiana Tech’s band reportedly did Friday night seems to be a bit below the belt. According to a number of fans in attendance at Friday night’s game between UAB and Louisiana Tech, members of the Bulldogs’ band began chanting “we have football” at Blazers...
Via College Spun
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Salt in the wound: UAB does not get bowl invite, appears football is over

  Days after its football program was shut down, the UAB Blazers got more bad news: They won't play in a postseason game. A Conference USA spokeswoman said Sunday that the Blazers weren't invited to a bowl. UAB President Ray Watts announced Tuesday that he was shutting down the football program. It came days after the team became bowl eligible for the first time in a decade. The...
Via Associated Press
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Alabama-Birmingham Shuts Down Football Program In Emotional Scene (Photos)

Alabama-Birmingham’s football was on the rise this season, but as of Tuesday, the team is no more. UAB president Ray Watts met with athletes and students to announce that the school was shutting down its football program. The university used the results of a consulting firm’s campus-wide study to make the decision. “The fiscal realities we face — both from an operating and...
Via NESN.com
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: UAB Blazers Officially Have the Silliest Helmets in College Football

College football has seriously upped the uniform game over the last couple years. More and more teams are using numerous alternate uniforms these days. Some look pretty cool. Some are sharp and some outright ugly. However, the new helmets that the UAB Blazers are going to be wearing this season are the first that I would call downright silly.Is it just me or does the 'dragon' look...
Via FatManWriting
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

UAB Unveils Wild New Helmets To Top Redesigned Uniforms

UAB Blazers unveil wild new helmets to top redesigned uniforms for 2014.
Via Gamedayr
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: UAB Reveals New Uniforms, Featuring Helmets With Giant Dragon Logos, Scale Patterns

Uniform reveal week continues with the UAB Blazers, who have taken the dragon theme from the school logo to another level. UAB unveiled the uniforms to the team today. The jerseys themselves aren’t too crazy, though they do feature a scale pattern on the shoulders. The helmets, however, are a different story. Like many teams, UAB went with a big logo for the helmet, and added that...
Via College Spun
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

UAB's Darrin Reaves skipping senior season

UAB running back Darrin Reaves is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Reaves said Monday that he is ''ready to take the next step in my life.'' He's third on UAB's career rushing charts with 2,337 yards. Reaves ran for 928 yards and 12 touchdowns last season after earning first-team All-Conference USA honors as a sophomore. He finished with 30 total touchdowns and...
Via Associated Press
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

UAB lineman John Hix suffers nasty leg injury

UAB junior offensive lineman John Hix was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter against Rice after suffering a leg injury. Hix appeared to get tangled up with one of the Rice players and had his right leg bent the wrong direction. The leg injury was so bad that FOX Sports 1 reportedly […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

PHOTO: UAB OL John Hix suffers brutal leg injury

On Thursday night, UAB offensive lineman John Hix suffered a brutal leg injury. FOX Sports 1 compared it to Kevin Ware.
Via Gamedayr
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss
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