Some pretty big news coming out of Birmingham, Alabama that doesn’t involve the SEC is the announcement of UAB resuming three sports in the coming years. It was not too long ago on June 1 that the Blazers announced football would be returning just months after the sport was cancelled.
According to uabsports.com, the Blazers will not only resume football in the coming seasons, but they will resume two less popular sports in the NCAA. Rifle will returning in time for the 2015 season with bowling to resume play in 2017. Blazer football will also return in 2017.
“I am so excited that UAB Football will return to FBS competition in 2017,” head football coach Bill Clark said. “Like our fans, I wanted to light the scoreboard much sooner, but doing it right is more important than doing it fast, and this was our best option. We want a program that is here to stay. We have to start by building a new, stronger foundation. We need to take our time to do it right, then we can compete for conference and bowl championships.”
The Blazers just signed their first football player since the program was brought back with former Memphis offensive lineman Tyler Jones transferring to Birmingham.
The Blazers went 6-6 in their 2014 season and missed a bowl game due to the Conference USA having met their team limit.
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