The UAB Blazers will resume playing football in 2017, but word on the street is that there is disorder in the athletic department’s house.
According to a report from Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com, the friction between head coach Bill Clark and AD Mark Ingram is growing daily due to Ingram’s alleged micromanagement.
Scarbinsky’s report cites people close to Clark as saying how Ingram demanded that the coaching staff turn in their business and personal cell phones to the athletic department for “examination,” and Ingram apparently failed to inform Clark about a phone call from Southern Miss AD Bill McGillis when McGillis called Ingram about possibly speaking to Clark about succeeding former Golden Eagles head coach Todd Monken.
It’s also gotten so bad that UAB donors are concerned and have even begun private discussions about how to convince UAB’s administration to let Ingram go. That’s quite the development, as Ingram has little support among the Blazers faithful compared to Clark, who is largely beloved.
But Ingram still isn’t backing down.
“The management of a Division I athletics department is a complex and rewarding task. It would be inappropriate and ineffective to manage our department in the media,” Ingram said in a statement. “As I approach the end of my first year at UAB, I am impressed by how far our department has come. We continue to receive great support from our community both on and off campus, as well as our coaches, fans and many other stakeholders. We are all working hard to advance our shared commitment of achieving sustained excellence across our programs.”
Simply put, Ingram and Clark need to find a way to work together, regardless of who is at fault in this case. Only a united front will bring UAB football back in full force and with infighting, there’s no way that the revival will be a success.
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