14 most underappreciated college football stories

College football’s playoff race is in full swing and that’s wonderful. There’s nothing better than the unique brand of freneticism associated with these final weeks of the regular season. However, there is one negative consequence: we only focus on the top-10 teams when there are so many other things worth talking about.There’s no room for any of college football’s smaller storylines...
Via Sportsnaut
November 15, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: UAB celebrates bowl eligibility with bowling skit

UAB took down Rice in blowout fashion, 52-21, Saturday to improve to 6-3 on the season and earn bowl eligibility for the fifth time in program history.After the game, the players celebrated by pulling off a bowling skit we just had to share.— UAB Football (@UAB_FB) November 4, 2017 This was perfect.Congratulations, guys. You earned a bit of post-game fun.
Via Sportsnaut
November 04, 2017  |  Discuss

UAB Football Extends Bill Clark’s Contract

Great news for UAB fans and one of the feel good stories of 2017.Head coach Bill Clark has been extended through 2022 amid his team’s 5-3 start to their first season back after it was shut down in 2014. “We appreciate the opportunity we’ve been given at UAB. The commitment UAB is making to us with this contract extension will allow us to continue the work that we’ve begun with this...
Via The Sports Post
November 03, 2017  |  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

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

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, 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 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, 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 Ingram...
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

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

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-changing...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 18, 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 year...
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 fighting...
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 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
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