Alabama-Birmingham Rumors & News

  • UAB line coach Mike Bennefield resigns to spend time with family

    Alabama "UAB offensive line coach Mike Bennefield resigned from his post with the Blazers program for personal reasons and a desire to spend more time with his family, he told He resigned on Wednesday. Bennefield has been with UAB head coach Bill Clark since the Prattville High School days..." May 14

  • UAB RB Greg Bryant Jr. Dies from Injuries Sustained in Highway Shooting

    Bleacher Report "UAB running back Greg Bryant Jr. died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained in his car on Interstate 95 on Saturday morning, his family confirmed to CBS' Lynda Figueredo. "The UAB Football Family's prayers are with [Bryant] and his family this morning," UAB head coach Bill Clark said in a..." May 08

  • UAB RB Bryant critical after found shot in car

    Palm Beach Post "West Palm Beach Police have identified the two men found shot in a car on southbound Interstate 95 Saturday morning. The driver of the car was Gregory Bryant Jr., 21, of Delray Beach. Bryant was trauma transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center and is in a critical condition, according to West..." May 07

  • UAB to play Florida in return to college football in 2017

    CBS Sports "UAB will make its return to the football field in 2017 after the program was shut down following the 2014 season. The Blazers announced their four-game nonconference schedule for the 2017 season on Thursday, which includes a game in The Swamp against Florida. The first game of the new football..." January 14

  • Ex-Notre Dame RB Greg Bryant commits to UAB football

    CBS Sports "Greg Bryant, once a part of Notre Dame's rotation in the offensive backfield, has planned his return to FBS football as a member of the UAB program when Bill Clark leads the Blazers back onto the field in 2017. Bryant committed to the Blazers on his Instagram account on Wednesday. He left Notre..." November 04

  • UAB signs coach Bill Clark to new five-year contract

    CBS Sports "When UAB announced in June it was reversing its decision to shut down its football program, the assumption was that Bill Clark would return to coach the Blazers after producing a stunning 6-6 mark in his 2014 debut season -- a campaign without which UAB fans might not have been able to drum up the..." September 15

  • Experienced offensive lineman Lee Dufour returning to play football at UAB

    Alabama "Lee Dufour plans to finish his career where he started. Dufour, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman, signed with UAB on Saturday after spending a semester at South Alabama. The former Saraland standout played in three games last season for the Blazers, starting the final two at center,..." August 16

  • UAB asks football donors to speed up their planned payments

    Alabama "UAB sent a letter to its supporters Friday asking them to send in their promised donations to help the football program earlier than planned. Instead of having the donors make their initial payments by Jan. 1, the letter asks them to make those payments by Sept. 1 - or 17 days from now. Here's..." August 15

  • UAB football brings back this former Spain Park standout

    Alabama "Former Spain Park standout Bryant Novick said he will return this fall to UAB, becoming the latest former Blazer to reunite with coach Bill Clark's reinstated program. Novick on Friday said he chose UAB over Hawaii, James Madison and Tennessee-Chattanooga," but I knew that staying here was the..." July 27

  • UAB to reinstate football for 2017 season

    ESPN "The UAB Blazers announced Tuesday that the school will bring back its football program for the 2017 season. Athletic director Mark Ingram said the NCAA informed UAB that football play can resume at the Football Bowl Subdivision level beginning with the 2017 season. UAB would be eligible for..." July 21

  • UAB football coach Bill Clark says he needs a new contract to help recruiting

    Alabama "UAB football coach Bill Clark and the university are negotiating over a new contract, both sides confirmed, a process Clark hopes will result in a long-term deal. Clark, 47, said he is under contract through the 2016 season, which he contends is not long enough to demonstrate the level of..." July 02

  • Report: Kansas lands UAB's Quincy Perdue

    The Score "Quincy Perdue may be donning a Jayhawks uniform come fall. The UAB wide receiver is reportedly set to transfer to Kansas, according to the Lawrence Journal-World's Matt Tait. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver will be eligible to play immediately because of a transfer exception granted to..." June 15

  • Ex-UAB player Greg Maclin dead after car accident

    CBS Sports "Greg Maclin, a safety for UAB in 2014, died from injuries sustained in a car accident earlier this week, the school confirmed on Friday afternoon. Maclin, 19, played in 12 games for the Blazers last season and recorded 15 tackles. "We were deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of..." June 07

  • UAB football to be reinstated and return to C-USA play… eventually

    College Football Talk "Earlier Monday it was reported that the shuttered UAB football program would be reinstated. Now, we have some details of how the rebuilding will take place. At a press conference Monday evening, president Ray Watts and athletic director Mark Ingram confirmed that the football Blazers will..." June 02

  • Report: UAB set to reinstate football

    College Football Talk "A press release sent out early Monday afternoon revealed that UAB will conduct a press conference at 5 p.m. ET today. According to WBRC-TV‘s Alan Collins, president Ray Watts and athletic director Mark Ingram are expected to announce that football will be reinstated at the Alabama school. The..." June 01

  • 'Strong indications' UAB will not reinstate football, State Rep. Jack Williams says

    Alabama "State Rep. Jack Williams told 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..." May 21

  • UAB's football drop likely to cause dramatic decline in black male enrollment

    Sporting News - NCAAF "UAB's decision to cut its football program will likely cause problems outside the athletic arena. reports football players made up approximately 12 percent of the 759 African-American males who were full-time students at the university. Of the team's 105 players, 89 were black. With only..." May 19

  • UAB president: Decision to reinstate football will come by June 1

    CBS Sports "University of Alabama at Birmingham president Ray Watts said Wednesday that a decision on whether to reinstate football, rifle and bowling will be made by June 1. A study by College Sports Solutions (CSS) into the financial viability of the sports is expected to be provided to UAB on Friday...." May 13

  • Supporters pledge $6M to reinstate UAB football

    ESPN "The bid to revive the University of Alabama Birmingham football program got another boost Thursday, when the UAB athletics task force announced it had gotten pledges totaling almost $6 million from supporters who want to bring back football. "I'm overwhelmed at the support," Justin Craft, who's..." May 08

  • Sources: C-USA won't change bylaws to keep UAB without football

    CBS Sports "Conference USA has communicated to UAB that the league won't amend its bylaws to keep the Blazers without football, according to sources familiar with the discussions. UAB dropped football in December and has a study from a consultant expected to be released by May 15. Conference USA's..." April 29

  • Independent study shows UAB football program made money

    The Score "An independent economic analysis firm released a study Thursday which refutes a claim by University of Alabama-Birmingham officials that the football program had to be shut down for financial reasons. According to the report, the sport was making money for the university and surpluses would..." April 24

  • Alabama chancellor considered dropping UAB football in 2008

    CBS Sports "The University of Alabama at Birmingham, which recently dropped football, considered cutting the sport back in 2008 and moving to the Missouri Valley Conference, Atlantic 10 or forming a new league, according to an internal document obtained by The 20-page document is a revised..." April 21

  • UAB transfer Jordan Howard might miss rest of Indiana’s spring

    College Football Talk "Transferring in from UAB this past January, Jordan Howard is being viewed as the heir apparent to All-American Tevin Coleman in Indiana’s backfield. While that’s still the case, the running back will have an injury hiccup he’ll be forced to overcome first. While there’s nothing yet official..." April 07

  • UAB hires new sports consultant to study cutting football

    CBS Sports "The University of Alabama at Birmingham has hired another sports consultant to produce a new study about the decision to cut football, bowling and rifle. If you're keeping score at home, it's the same firm that a UAB athletics task force initially decided not to pick. UAB announced Monday that..." April 06

  • Documents suggest UAB decided to kill football before the 2014 season began

    Alabama "Dec. 2, 2014, is a date that will live in infamy for UAB fans. That's the day UAB President Ray Watts announced the school was terminating its football program, along with the rifle and women's bowling programs, ostensibly for financial reasons as outlined in a report created by an outside firm,..." March 23

  • Alabama lawmakers pushing for reinstatement of UAB football

    Sporting News - NCAAF "UAB announced some four months ago that it was shutting down its football program, but some Alabama lawmakers haven't given up on trying to bring it back. Two state representatives are expected to introduce bills designed to return UAB to the field, according to Birmingham TV station..." March 04

  • Bill Clark says he won't coach next season, in part, to see if UAB football returns

    Alabama "Bill Clark has had opportunities to take another coaching job since UAB shut down its football program, he told Thursday, but he's decided not to coach during the 2015 season for two main reasons. He'll become fully vested in the state retirement system within a year, and he sees "a..." January 30

  • UAB football may not be 100 percent dead just yet

    College Football Talk "UAB may have cut the football program from life support, but there is a fighter’s chance the Blazers could return to a football field in 2016. A new task force organized by the school’s leaders will take another hard look at the financial numbers and do some number crunching to determine if there..." January 26

  • UAB faculty vote no confidence in president after football dropped

    CBS Sports "The University of Alabama-Birmingham Faculty Senate voted Thursday no confidence in president Ray Watts after his decision to kill the university's football program. The measure is largely symbolic since University of Alabama System trustees control Watts' future and have stood behind him. But..." January 15

  • U of L lands UAB transfer receiver Staples

    Louisville Courier-Journal "UAB wide receiver Jamari Staples announced Tuesday that he'll transfer to the University of Louisville, where he'll be eligible to play next season after the Blazers eliminated their football program. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Staples chose the Cardinals over Auburn after spending the past..." January 06

  • Former UAB running back Jordan Howard transfers to Indiana

    The Score "Running back Jordan Howard has signed a financial aid agreement with Indiana, head coach Kevin Wilson announced Thursday. The sophomore, who rushed for 2,468 yards in two seasons at UAB, will be eligible to play for the Hoosiers immediately. Howard had an amazing 2014 campaign, tying a..." January 02

  • UAB LB Jake Ganus commits to Georgia

    Alabama "UAB's leading-tackler from its historic 2014 team that finished 6-6 (4-4 in Conference USA), becoming the first Blazers team to qualify for bowl competition for the first time in a decade, has a found a new home. Chelsea High School product Jake Ganus committed to Georgia this morning, landing..." December 19

  • Capsized UAB football program finds unlikely ally in 5-year-old boy

    Fox Sports - College Football "Bennett Williams is a 5-year-old from Dublin, Ohio. And this youngster loves the UAB Blazers. Cool logos will do that. So when UAB president Ray Watts decided to kill the football program earlier this month, "Bennett was devastated," his dad, Brad, wrote to And when a parent tries to..." December 18

  • Report: Bowl-Eligible UAB Won't Receive A Bid

    Deadspin "This is small beans in the grand scheme of things, but it still hurts. When UAB announced it would shutter its football team at the end of the season, the 6-6 Blazers still had hopes that the season—the program—could go out with one more game. Time to give up on hope, according to this ESPN..." December 04

  • Evidence mounts that killing of UAB football was premeditated

    Alabama "Still don't believe UAB President Ray Watts set out months ago to kill UAB football and cover his tracks with the plausible deniability of an objective feasibility report? Well look to the binding agreements -- after you reply to that email from the guy who says he found your million..." December 04

  • UAB football canceled: President says sport 'not sustainable'

    CBS Sports "UAB football will be shut down after the 2014-15 season, the school confirmed on Tuesday. The announcement comes after weeks of rumors, protest and growing concern about the program's future following a department-wide analysis of all sports. At the conclusion of the review, the school..." December 02

  • UAB president to announce end of football program Tuesday

    CBS Sports "The end of UAB football has been long expected, and its death knell will reportedly come Tuesday. According to's Kevin Scarbinsky, who cites "two sources close to the situation," UAB president Ray Watts plans to inform his school's administrators and staff that the football program will..." December 02

  • UAB students protest reports of football program shutting down

    CBS Sports "A large group of UAB students marched to the administration building on Monday to protest reports of the football program being shut down this week. According to the Associated Press, UAB students chanted "We want football" and "We are UAB; we are Birmingham" and demanded an answer from school..." December 02

  • Roddy White sees good future at UAB

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has joined the fight to save football at his alma mater, the University of Alabama-Birmingham. There have been discussions about the possibility of eliminating the program, although nothing definitive. White starred at UAB from 2001 to 2004 before..." November 20

  • Former UAB football players concerned the program may be shut down

    Alabama "Some former UAB football players are concerned that the results of a study that's part of a university-wide strategic plan could lead to the elimination of the school's football program. Former player Justin Craft, a partner and senior vice president of Nowlin and Associates, a Birmingham..." November 06

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Ex-Gator Marqui Hawkins to transfer to AUB

    NCAA Football Zone "Earlier it was reported that Freshman Marqui Hawkins would be transferring from Florida. We have learned that his new destination will be UAB. Hawkins will have to sit out a year before he can continue his career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Conference USA." June 17

  • New UAB quarterback signee Evan Orth fits mold of what coach Bill Clark is looking for

    Alabama "New UAB quarterback signee Evan Orth wasn't familiar with the school just two weeks ago. UAB head coach Bill Clark didn't know much about Orth either. But offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent knew plenty about Orth, having recruited him when he was at South Alabama. When Vincent found out..." March 26

  • UAB defensive end Diaheem Watkins trying to get back from shoulder injury

    Alabama "It's another spring and another time to rehab for UAB defensive end Diaheem Watkins. This spring, Watkins is out after right shoulder surgery in December. He tore his labrum against Middle Tennessee in early November, but returned to finish out the season. He had the same surgery after..." March 26

  • Blazers Open Spring Drills On Wednesday "Head coach Bill Clark and his staff will take to the practice field for the first time at UAB this week as the Blazers open spring drills Wednesday. The Blazers will hold the first of 15 spring sessions Wednesday under the guidance of Clark, who was introduced as UAB's new head coach on Jan...." March 11

  • Jones County Junior College standout, former Lafayette star Qua Boyd commits to UAB football

    Alabama "Qua Boyd, a tight end from Jones County Junior College in Mississippi, has committed to UAB as part of the 2015 signing class. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Boyd finished his freshman year at Jones County where he was listed as a quarterback, wide receiver and tight end. He's expected to play tight..." March 04

  • New UAB offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent wants Blazers to play at fast tempo

    Alabama "UAB head coach Bill Clark said he tried to hire Bryant Vincent when he was in charge at Prattville High School. The two became part of the same staff at South Alabama in 2011, when Vincent was hired as quarterbacks coach where Clark was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator. But finally, Clark..." February 25

  • UAB offers Temple commit Jordan Herrera, among other south Florida prospects

    Alabama "UAB signed one south Florida player for its 2014 recruiting class in Deerfield Beach running back Aeron McNeal. Look for that number to increase this year. Head coach Bill Clark said on National Signing Day that recruiting that area would be a priority. Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent..." February 25

  • Predicting Destinations for Top 25 Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits

    Bleacher Report "Top uncommitted recruits are without a doubt the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail right now. At this point, many of the nation's best prospects have a decision on where they are going to college. Yet some recruits are still mulling their options. That means college coaches are..." January 20

  • Oregon assistant John Neal withdraws from UAB search

    USA Today "Oregon assistant coach John Neal was all set to to hop on a plane bound for Birmingham to interview for Alabama Birmingham's head coaching position. Then he realized his heart wasn't in it. "I was humbled and excited by the opportunity," said Neal, who was scheduled to fly Wednesday for a..." January 15

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