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.