Callaway resigns as UAB football coach

Neil Callaway has resigned as football coach at UAB after

failing to post a winning record in five seasons.

Athletic Director Brian Mackin announced the move Sunday, a day

after the Blazers finished 3-9 with a 38-35 loss to previously

winless Florida Atlantic. In Callaway’s five seasons as coach, the

Blazers went 18-42.

”I met with Coach Callaway earlier today and we mutually agreed

that his tenure as our football coach will not be extended,”

Mackin said in a statement. ”I want to thank Neil for his service

during his five years as head coach of our football program. There

have been many positives attained in his time as head coach,

especially the improvement in our APR scores and overall academic

success the past several years.

”However, we have not experienced the level of success on the

field that we all desire and expect for this program.”

Mackin said that a national search for a new coach will begin


Callaway was hired at UAB in December, 2006 after spending six

seasons as the offensive coordinator at Georgia, and also has had

stints as an assistant at Auburn and Alabama. This was his first

head coaching job.

He received a one-year contract extension in June through 2012

but no raise on his $360,000 salary. Mackin did not immediately

disclose any financial details in Callaway’s departure.

Callaway did not immediately respond to a message on his cell


Mackin said he would discuss the coaching change and the

program’s future at a news conference Monday morning.

This season the Blazers dealt with a season-ending injury to

start quarterback Bryan Ellis. They lost their first six games but

did have a late-season upset of Southern Mississippi, which is

playing in the Conference USA championship game.