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Exclamation Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
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RE: Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
Quote:UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone, but nothing the Blazers have done to this moment has made people sit up and take notice the way beating Florida in the Swamp would. That's life in the shadow of the SEC when you share a home town with that 800-pound gorilla's league headquarters.

It has always bothered me that, even while we talk about not needing Alabama or Auburn, and how their programs don't define us, some still consider UAB football's biggest highlight to be a win over a middle-of-the-road LSU team in 2000, instead of much more important victories over the years against nationally ranked conference teams like East Carolina, TCU and Southern Miss.

Likewise, as much as I enjoyed our win over Bama in basketball in '93, that was a pretty meaningless game between a couple of mediocre teams. That game didn't compare to our NCAA tournament wins over Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Kentucky again or Iowa State, among many others.

I get it. I know where we live, and who we are compared to daily, and I want to beat the SEC as much as anyone. And admittedly, as weak as our football schedule has been this year, this may be the best team we will play all season, even if they are the fifth or sixth best team in the state of Florida, even if they are ranked 100th, even if they have lost five straight and have a losing record. But to quote Scarbinsky, "UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone."
11-17-2017 11:34 AM
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RE: Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
I agree bftb. There is validation among those who know the sport and then there is winning the hearts and minds of the locals who only know what the media feeds them.
11-17-2017 12:45 PM
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RE: Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
I agree as well. Getting old bringing up 15 year old or 24 year old games.

The Iowa State victory in men's basketball was probably the best since the Kentucky tournament victory in 2004 (or whatever year it was)

The Southern Miss victory led by QB JP preventing them from going to the Sugar Bowl may have been our biggest game in the last few years.

Some of this year's football games have been pretty good as well but might not rank as high if you took out the return factor.
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RE: Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
(11-17-2017 11:34 AM)bftb Wrote:  It has always bothered me that, even while we talk about not needing Alabama or Auburn, and how their programs don't define us, some still consider UAB football's biggest highlight to be a win over a middle-of-the-road LSU team in 2000, instead of much more important victories over the years against nationally ranked conference teams like East Carolina, TCU and Southern Miss.

The reality is that a win over LSU, and likewise a win this week over Florida, means more to the casual observer of college football, which is what most people in the country are. This game will also be more accessible and visible to the general public than most of our games this season have been.

It's similar to winning a bowl game, in terms of visibility for the program.
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RE: Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
Regardless of the UAB @ Florida game results tomorrow, UAB has had a remarkable return season in 2017. A hazard is that UAB fans may now expect a similar result next season even though we may not be playing about half of the teams in this year's "Bottom Ten" teams. We are likely to be in a bowl game against a very challenging opponent that will test us severely. Finishing with a bowl game win will do more for UAB's national reputation than beating Florida in their terrible year.
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RE: Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
I see a win today as a sure-fire lock for Bill Clark to win Coach of the Year.
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RE: Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
(11-18-2017 11:27 AM)Grammar-Nazi Wrote:  I see a win today as a sure-fire lock for Bill Clark to win Coach of the Year.

Nationally or just for CUSA?
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Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
Nationally. He’s already nailed it for C-USA.


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RE: Scarbo: UAB doesn't need SEC validation to prove anything to anyone
(11-17-2017 12:45 PM)Memphis Blazer Wrote:  I agree bftb. There is validation among those who know the sport and then there is winning the hearts and minds of the locals who only know what the media feeds them.

That's loser talk. I prefer to think UAB can play with any team in the FBS. At least I expect UAB to make a game of any team in the division. If not then why not just drop to FCS.
AS someone that was in Gainesville, it meant a lot for the fans and the players to have a game against a power 5 team.
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