UAB’s football program’s attention is because the football program has completed their last season, ever. On December 2, UAB President Ray Watt’s made the shutting down of the football program official as he cited financial strains. Since UAB was not selected for a bowl game, UAB is now the first FBS football program to be ended since the University of Pacific in 1995.
The cancellation of UAB’s football program impacts more than just the school itself. It impacts the Conference USA and also the former players and coaches at UAB. However, the Conference USA is left with an uneven number of members, 13, because of the termination of UAB’s football program. Luckily for UAB’s players, they are now allowed to transfer to any other school without losing a year of eligibility. Likewise, former Head Coach Bill Clark and his staff can also coach elsewhere if they are awarded a job.
While many are choosing to focus on the financial aspects of UAB’s football program’s shutdown, it is important to remember the players and coaches whose futures are affected the most by this decision.