In the midst of concerns over the future of UAB football, many people are stepping up to show their support for the program.
The latest is Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who is also a former UAB football player. Maddox played football at UAB for four years and then worked as a graduate assistant with the program.
“UAB football, individually, transformed my life,” Maddox said Friday morning in a live interview with FOX6 Good Day Alabama.
“The success I've enjoyed, both personally and professionally, I believe is a direct reflection of so much of what I learned on the gridiron there.”
Aside itself, Maddox believes UAB's football program has several larger impacts.
“I also know what football can mean for a community. Here in Tuscaloosa, we've seen it time and time again," Maddox said.
Maddox continued, "UAB football helps UAB athletics stay in its conference affiliation, it helps UAB continue to grow its undergraduate programs, and with Coach Bill Clark and his staff doing an amazing job, it certainly can be a point of pride and economic development for the city of Birmingham.”
Maddox says he hopes the decision makers in the situation realize the positives of the program.
“I know it can do a lot of good. We know the good it does here in Tuscaloosa, and Birmingham, certainly the state's largest city, deserves that same opportunity.”
Some UAB football supporters have expressed concerns about the future of the program because of a University-wide strategic planning study that is underway, and the fact that there are no out-of-conference games scheduled past 2016.
UAB's athletic department has said it will not release any comment until a final decision is made.
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