Thursday, December 18, 2014

UAB players, coaches left seeking other shots as program ends - AP

UAB became the first major college program since Pacific in 1995 to shut down football. The university said keeping football would cost an additional $49 million over the next five years, including $22 million in facilities and upgrades. ''As we look at the evolving landscape of NCAA football, we see expenses only continuing to increase,'' UAB President Ray Watts said. ''When considering a model that best protects the financial future and prominence of the Athletic Department, football is simply not sustainable.'' Several hundred UAB students and fans gathered on campus for the third straight day to support the program that won six games to become eligible for a bowl game for the first time in a decade. Their efforts were futile, leaving coaches and staff looking for jobs.

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