Resurrecting Football at University of Alabama at Birmingham

Resurrecting Football at University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Abstract

In 2014, the football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) was discontinued. At the time, the Blazers had just wrapped up one of their best regular seasons in school history and were bowl eligible for only the second time in program history. The initial public shock of shutting down the program quickly turned to anger. A scarcity was created, where wins and losses suddenly did not seem nearly as important as just having UAB on the field. “Free UAB” and “Bring Back Blazer Football” campaigns began, as rallies and protests sought to reverse the decision. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, millions of dollars were raised in support of the program. These efforts were successful, but while UAB supporters celebrated the win of the ...

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