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About FreeUABUAB Football is under fire again! The Board of Trustees that is shared by Alabama, UAB, and UAH has a long history of undercutting the step-children programs at UAB and UAH. Notably, they have a history of threatening UAB Football and UAH Hockey. This week, some UAB alumni uncovered a plot by the board and their appointed UAB President Ray Watts to make a move to close down the UAB Football Program, despite UAB's winning record, much improved attendance, and highly popular coach, Bill Clark.
So, who are these trustees? There are 15 of them- 13 of which are Alabama grads, 3 of which are UAB grads (one is a grad of both) and none from UAH! This biased board is in charge of overseeing the three universities. UAB is the cash cow bringing in 74% of the system revenue (nearly $5 billion per year) due to its world class hospital and large number of employees. However, Bama is the original university and it is the athletic showpiece due to its long-famous football program. The board is obviously loyal to this campus, often at the expense of UAB and UAH. This loyalty at the expense of UAB has been thoroughly documented at places like CBS Sports
Use this site to read about the unfair treatment of UAB Athletics by this group of "trustees" and see how you can stay engaged as UAB battles for its football program's future.
Note, this struggle is NOT a battle between UAB and Alabama. The struggle is only with an unfair board of trustees. Many Alabama fans and alumni are supportive of UAB having the right to run its own affairs. We want a UAB that is free to be the best it can be without interference. So, we say "Free UAB!"
12/1/14/AL.com: UAB women's sports coaches voice their support for UAB football
AL.com: Auburn fan goes to UAB game, busts 'urban myths'
BBJ: State Rep. looks to restructure UA System Board of Trustees
BBJ: Filler: UAB Football Foundation could raise $5M over next year
AL.com: Watch paralyzed UAB football player's emotional plea before the Birmingham City Council
AL.com: How the UA Trustees for decades toyed with UAB athletics
ESPN: UAB football program can't outrun past, escape shadow of Alabama
SI: Alabama-Birmingham to fire athletic director, shut down football program
NFL.com: Report: UAB to drop football program
AL.com: Shutting down UAB football is 'going to happen,' coach Bill Clark tells ESPN, then tweets news is premature
CBS Sports: Reports: UAB AD out, football program could shut down this week
Yahoo!: UAB reportedly set to shut down football program
USA Today: UAB prepared to shut down football program
Knox News: UT's first opponent in 2015, UAB, may drop football
ESPN: UAB Coach Fears For Program
AL.com: See what UAB coach Bill Clark, players had to say after becoming bowl-eligible with win at Southern Miss
AL.com: City council president says UAB rumors represent 'an attack on the city of Birmingham'
WAFF: UAB students swarm in support of threatened football program
Underdog Dynasty: The Fight to Save UAB Football: One Writer's Personal Experience
BBJ: Poll: Would you support UAB having its own board of trustees?
AL.com: Rally for UAB: Birmingham City Council, mayor, boosters unite in call to save Blazers football, support school
AL.com: Former, current UAB football players converge on chambers to witness city council's support of program
The Crimson White: UA Board should undergo reform
11/18/14AL.com: Free UAB: Birmingham council members joining chorus supporting UAB football, independence
Sharon Ullman: Just say "NO" to Greene Group
Legal Schnauzer: Paul Bryant Jr. and Alabama Reassurance: A Portrait of Fraud
Bloomberg: Alabama Football Dominance Powered by Bear Bryant Son's Fortune
Bleacher Report: Alabama Booster Paul Bryant Jr. Has Ties to Insurance Fraud Scheme
AL.com: Bills aim to loosen UA's grip on UAB
AL.com: Results from study some fear could lead to end of UAB football to be revealed after last game, coach Bill Clark says
AL.com: Post: Petition to keep UAB football program draws 2,100 signatures
AL.com: Rep. Jack Williams: 'UAB football is once again fighting for its life'
Birmingham Comeback Town: 5 Reasons David Sher Is Wrong About UAB Football
CBS Sports: Is the Alabama Board of Trustees Finally Ready to Kill UAB Football?
BBJ: Perception is everything in a study like UAB's
AL.com: FreeUAB May Be A Fantasy, But RespectUAB Is A Real Battle Cry
BlazerTalk: Justin Craft Interview on The Sports Blitz
WBHM: John Archibald Talks About UAB's Future
SI: Q&A With Bill Clark
Birmingham City Council: Council Supports UAB Football
11/12/14CBS Sports: 'Little Bear' Bryant crosses line again in denying UAB
Birmingham Business Journal: Timeline: UAB football in crisis
BlazerTalk: An Open Letter to Ray Watts
Chadd Scott: UAB vs UAT
The Crimson White: UAB deserves respect, independence from Board of Trustees
AL.com: 5 reasons why UAB will pull the plug on UAB football (ComebackTown)
AL.com: How the UA Trustees for decades toyed with UAB athletics
Birmingham Business Journal: Clark: Recent issues affecting recruiting at UAB
Birmingham Business Journal: UAB Football Foundation announces first board members
AL.com: Falcons WR Roddy White headlines list of former student-athletes named to UAB Football Foundation board
AL.com: University of Alabama Trustees give UAB football the Charlie Brown treatment: opinion
SI: Q&A with UAB coach Bill Clark
11/10/14WABM 68 - Future of UAB Future of UAB Football
Fox 6 - UAB football supporters again worried about the future of the program
ABC 33/40 - Future of UAB Football Program
WABM 68 - UAB Football Discussion
CBS 42 - Former UAB football players, fans concerned about program's future
BlazerTalk.com - Support from David Carrington - President, Jefferson County Commission
Blazertalk.com - Paul Bryant Jr Lobbying Bentley to shut down UAB Football
AL.com - UAB head coach Bill Clark addresses speculation about his program's future
AL.com - Alabama has the most college football fans, and majority cheer for Crimson Tide, according to NYT data
Fox 6 - Mayor Bell, Coach Clark speak out on concerns surrounding UAB football's future
NBC 13 - Birmingham mayor reaffirms city's commitment to UAB's football program
USA Today: Fan Misery Index Week 11
CNS 42 - UAB band member starts petition to save football program
Birmingham Business Journal - Mayor Bell says city supports UAB football in the midst of concerns
Sports Business Daily - Former UAB Players Worried School Might Cut Football In Wake Of Administration Study
ESPN: Latest Dish: Five things I learned
WIAT: Birmingham City Council pres. says UAB might need its own board of trustees
Fox 6: Former UAB football player starts petition to support program
NBC 13: UAB working on plan to ensure future success in football program
11/7/14USA Today: Bill Clark oversees turnaround story at UAB
AL.com: Why didn't the UAB president end 'speculation' that he might shut down the football program?
AL.com: Football is good for UAB -- especially now, students say
SB Nation: UAB Faces Challenges Similar To Louisiana Tech With Football Program
SB Nation: As UAB Football Struggles Financially, School Accepts Massive Donation To Soccer Program
AL.com: Blazers AD: Study will lead to 'most exciting' era in UAB athletics
11/6/14BlazerTalk: Letter to Dr. Watts from the B-Club
Jox 94.5 FM Birminham discussion with Justin Craft
NBC Sports: UAB president doesn't commit to Blazers football over long haul
AL.com: UAB president: Study includes investment in football but inappropriate to speculate on outcome
AL.com: Maybe UAB football supporters are paranoid and no one's out to get them this time
AL.com: Former UAB football players concerned the program may be shut down
Birmingham Business Journal: UAB boosters, city in talks to build indoor football practice facility
Hampton Roads: Will UAB play football after 2016? Jury is out and decision could affect ODU
Thom Abraham Show: Interview with Justin Craft
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UAB President Dr. Ray Watts
Athletic Director Brian Mackin
Birmingham, AL Mayor William Bell
Birmingham, AL County Manager Tony Petelos
Birmingham City Council President Jonathan Austin
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