UAB’s Johnston, Ubosi torch N. Illinois in Boca Raton Bowl
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Two seasons after shutting down its football program, UAB closed out the year on an electrifying note.
Tyler Johnston III threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Xavier Ubosi, and UAB beat Northern Illinois 37-13 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday night.
UAB coach Bill Clark wins Eddie Robinson Award
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB's Bill Clark has won the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award.
Clark has led the Blazers to their first Conference USA championship with a program-record 10 wins. The award was announced Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America and the Sugar Bowl.
UAB's program resumed play last season after being shut down for two years by the university.
UAB coach Bill Clark agrees to new five-year deal
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB says Bill Clark is poised to become the highest-paid coach in Conference USA.
Blazers athletic director Mark Ingram said Friday that Clark has agreed in principle to a new five-year deal. Clark's pay would start at $1.45 million and rise to $1.65 million in the final year, 2023-24.
The contract is pending approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.
UAB brings 8-game winning streak to game against Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Normally a break from Southeastern Conference play with a game against a Conference USA team might be seen as a nice breather for Texas A&M before the Aggies wrap up the regular season by hosting No. 10 LSU on Nov. 24.
However, Saturday's game against UAB (9-1) doesn't fall into that category. The Blazers have won a school-record eight straight games and clinched their first C-USA West Division title with an overtime win against Southern Miss last week.
UAB football team rolling since university-ordered shutdown
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The UAB football program has been better than ever since its resurrection.
The Blazers (8-1, 6-0 Conference USA) enter Saturday's home finale against Southern Miss with a chance to claim a berth in the league title game in just the second season since the program's resurrection following a university-ordered shutdown. UAB is the home of the nation's top scoring defense.
Birmingham City Council commits funds toward new stadium
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham City Council has committed $90 million over the next 30 years to help pay for a new downtown stadium.
AL.com reports the council voted 6-3 Tuesday to pay $3 million a year toward the expansion of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, including renovation of Legacy Arena and a $174 million stadium.
UAB hires Bryant Vincent back as offensive coordinator
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB coach Bill Clark has rehired Bryant Vincent as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Vincent, whose hiring was announced Friday, ran the offense for the 2014 UAB team that set school season records for yards, points and points per game.
He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as South Alabama's offensive coordinator. Then-Jaguars coach Joey Jones fired Vincent after a 1-3 start last season.
HUNTINGTON — Conference USA's top football honors went to two programs who were not on the radar when the season began.
FAU’s Singletary named C-USA’s MVP; UAB’s Clark top coach
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Florida Atlantic sophomore Devin Singletary, the national leader with 29 rushing touchdowns, has been named Conference USA's MVP.
Singletary is the first running back to be the C-USA MVP since the award's inception in 2008. He ran for 1,796 yards with 11 consecutive 100-yard rushing games as the Owls won their first league title.
Resurrected UAB program to face Ohio in Bahamas Bowl
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The UAB Blazers will cap their first season back on the field in the Bahamas.
The Blazers will face Ohio in the Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 22 after the program's best year as an FBS team.
"The amount of work our coaches and players have put in over the past two years has been incredible and we are thrilled to play in the Bahamas Bowl," UAB coach Bill Clark said Sunday.
UAB, football coach Bill Clark agree to new 5-year contract
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB has agreed to a new five-year contract with football coach Bill Clark that will top $1 million by the final season.
Athletic director Mark Ingram announced the agreement in principle Friday night. Clark's $900,000 first-year pay will increase to $1.15 million in 2022.
Clark took over in 2014 and had the Blazers bowl eligible for the first time in a decade. Then UAB shut down the program for financial reasons and re-started it in June 2015.
Resurrected UAB’s football games going down to the wire
UAB's return to the football field has been quite the roller coaster ride.
The Blazers have lost on a two-point play in overtime and won with an end-of-game blocked field goal. In fact, the Blazers' first four Conference USA games since the program's forced two-year hiatus have all gone down to the last play and been decided by a combined seven points.
Conference USA even again while adding high-profile coaches
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Butch Davis is back on the sideline, and Lane Kiffin is again leading his own program.
While those high-profile coaches get ready for their Conference USA debuts — Davis at FIU and Kiffin at Florida Atlantic — coach Bill Clark stayed in place for UAB's football revival.
The UAB Blazers back from football hiatus, full of mystery
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The UAB Blazers are college football's mystery team.
The Blazers will take the field after a 1,007-day hiatus from games with an assortment of ultra-patient holdovers from the 2014 team, transfers and youngsters. The Sept. 2 game against Alabama A&M officially starts the comeback tour for a program that was shut down after that season for financial reasons.
Every team has question marks going into a season but none more so than the Blazers.
UAB Blazers finally get to prepare for a game again
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The UAB Blazers suited up, worked out and showered in their new football building. They practiced on new turf fields under a pavilion that shielded them from the Alabama sun.
The Blazers began fall camp Monday savoring those facility upgrades — and the chance to actually prepare for a game. It's been awhile.