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RE: Watts holding press conference at 2pm
I don't think anything substantial will come of it. He'll attempt to make an apology for how he COMMUNICATED it and will provide a list of initiatives and task forces for FUTURE decision making. Of course this will not do anything for us in terms of the damage that has been done and he certainly won't admit fault with how the decision was made and the process in how he arrived at it.
01-09-2015 02:50 PM
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It's more damage control. He is dug in like a tick and I am betting he ignores the NC vote. We need to stay after our state representatives to support the bills.
01-09-2015 02:52 PM
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RE: Watts holding press conference at 2pm
(01-09-2015 02:52 PM)ATTALLABLAZE Wrote:  It's more damage control. He is dug in like a tick and I am betting he ignores the NC vote. We need to stay after our state representatives to support the bills.

Especially since Watts has the support of the BOT & Witt.
01-09-2015 02:54 PM
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01-09-2015 03:00 PM
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They need more bandwidth. It is dropping frames and audio - badly for me.
01-09-2015 03:05 PM
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Probably going to be about strategic plan going forward. He won't answer any questions about what has already happened. Once he realizes everyone is asking about football, will walk out.
01-09-2015 03:05 PM
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Well, it is 2:04 P.M. and I don't see him behind the podium. His entourage of bodyguards and police cars must have gotten caught up in traffic.
01-09-2015 03:08 PM
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01-09-2015 03:08 PM
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http://www.foxalabamalive.com/

It is working great on this site
01-09-2015 03:09 PM
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Call a press conference and don't show. THAT's going to improve your image.
01-09-2015 03:14 PM
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2:10 P.M. Still no Watts. Hmm?
01-09-2015 03:14 PM
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Watts holding press conference at 2pm
Tweets suggesting football may be back. But not in 2015.
01-09-2015 03:15 PM
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William Bell and Chuckie Faush visible on the fox feed.
01-09-2015 03:17 PM
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(01-09-2015 03:09 PM)bamabhoy Wrote:  http://www.foxalabamalive.com/

It is working great on this site

I see 2-3 people standing near a doorway. Is anything going on?
01-09-2015 03:17 PM
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Okay thanks 58-56
01-09-2015 03:18 PM
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Watts holding press conference at 2pm
Watts leaves open possibility of football returning. Will look at the numbers again.
01-09-2015 03:19 PM
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Ah, William Bell.....I certainly hope William is putting in his two cents worth.
01-09-2015 03:19 PM
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He has that damn bottle!
01-09-2015 03:19 PM
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same blue water bottle
01-09-2015 03:20 PM
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RE: Watts holding press conference at 2pm
To:
Faculty, staff and students,
I would like to share with you an announcement I am making this afternoon so you are aware of some important next steps in our strategic planning process.

A common theme we have heard in the many meetings I have had with UAB's major constituency groups on and off campus, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and other supporters, is a desire to have an independent financial firm evaluate the numbers that served as a basis for our decisions in the Athletic Department.

I have listened, and I agree that if an independent financial review is needed to verify the credibility of our numbers, then that is what we should do.

To that end, we have formed a committee representative of our constituents to select a firm to review our initial report. This new committee will be led by National Alumni Society President Wes Smith. Other committee members are:
Shannon Ealy – Interim Athletic Director
Chad Epps – President of the Faculty Senate
Don Hire – UAB Athletics, Champions Club
Harold Jones – Head of our athletic director search committee and also our former lead in NCAA certification
Steve Mitchell – A former UAB athlete
Anjali Wagle – President of the Student Government Association

Once a firm is selected, we will ask that a report be completed within 90 days. While this report is being developed, we will continue to have dialogue with all stakeholders on this important matter.

I'm sure a question is: Are you bringing back football? Only after an independent review of the numbers will we have the ability to have a credible and constructive dialogue about moving forward. It is important to note that we will not field a football team in 2015.
I want to thank everyone for their engagement and suggestions in this process. I hope this decision is well received as a positive step to moving the UAB community forward.

Very sincerely,

Ray L. Watts
President
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