UAB to have firm review data that led to cutting football program

BIRMINGHAM Ala. — UAB plans to employ a firm to review the financial information that led to a decision to shut down the football program.

University President Ray Watts announced the plans on Friday in a news conference. A committee will choose a company to evaluate the numbers compiled in a study by consultant Bill Carr, which said fielding a competitive football team would cost at least $49 million over five years.

Watts says he still believes those numbers are accurate ”but we want everybody to have the confidence of knowing without a doubt that these were verified.”

The Faculty Senate will consider a no-confidence resolution against Watts in a special meeting Jan. 15.

UAB eliminated football after first-year coach Bill Clark led the Blazers to their best record in a decade.