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 determined that 2014-15 would be the final academic year the school sponsors football, bowling and rifle. "The fiscal realities we face — both from an operating and a capital investment standpoint — are starker than ever and demand that we take decisive action for the greater good of the athletic department and UAB," UAB president Ray Watts said. "As we look at the evolving landscape of NCAA football, we see expenses only continuing to increase. When considering a model that best protects the financial future and prominence of the athletic department, football is simply not sustainable." UAB is the first Football Bowl Subdivision/Division I-A school to drop football since Pacific in 1995.