The University of Alabama at Birmingham has agreed to a five-year contract extension with head football coach Bill Clark.

Clark took over the program in 2014 and led the team to a 6-6 record that year, making the Blazers bowl eligible for the first time since 2004.

But after the success of Clark's first season, the football program was shut down for the next two years. Clark had to rebuild the program and put a team back on the field in 2017. The Blazers are now 5-3 this season, and with a win Saturday over Rice they will be bowl eligible once again.

"We are excited to announce an agreement in principle to extend and enhance Coach Clark's contract," UAB athletics directore Mark Ingram said. "UAB football is enjoying great success on and off the field under Coach Clark's leadership. We are very optimistic about our future and look forward to Coach Clark being here for a long time. I want to thank Dr. Watts and his team and the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees for their unwavering support during this process."

Clark's extension signs him up to be UAB's football coach through the 2022 season. His salary will be $900,000 starting in 2018 and go up as high as $1.15 million in the final year of his contract.