The University of Alabama at Birmingham shut down their football program at the end of last season after a 6-6 record. At a press conference today, university president Ray Watts has decided to reinstate the program. The decision to halt the program was largely financially driven, but the university has received financial support to keep the program alive.
In early December, Watts announced the controversial shutdown of the football program on the heels of the Blazers’ 6-6 record last season under first-year coach Bill Clark. After the announcement of the program’s cancelation, the UAB Football Foundation raised more than $15 million in donations to try to save the team.At a press conference on Monday, Watts discussed the decision to reinstate the football program.