By Autumn A. Arnett
When The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) announced June 1 that there would be gridiron games this fall, many around the country were perplexed — and many others thrilled by the obvious victory for the sport that is a way of life in Alabama.
The announcement came six months after President Ray Watts declared the end of the program. Keeping football on campus, it was decided then, was too expensive and took too much away from the rest of the campus — 67 percent of the $30 million budget came from the university’s school funds and student fees. This also was a school in one of the smaller Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, Conference USA.
Watts said that, after hiring a consultant, who projected that fielding a competitive team would cost $49 million over the next five years, “there was no way for us to cover that unless we took away from education and research and health care.” CONTINUE READING HERE