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Reports: UAB to end football program, fire athletic director

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

According to Sports Illustrated and multiple media reports, UAB will announce plans to end its football program and terminate athletic director Brian Mackin this week.

UAB officials have not confirmed any of the reports.

UAB head coach Bill Clark told ESPN.com, "I think it's going to happen. Unless something changes before the weekend ends, I think it's over. I think the odds are very high it ends this week. To shut the doors? That's sad."

Clark tweeted on Sunday afternoon, "Contrary to news, We haven't heard any decision about our program. We are still fighting! #WTD #UABFootball"

According to a report by Sports Illustrated, UAB will likely announce its decision to drop football on Thursday. Sports Illustrated also reported UAB will fire its athletic director Mackin later this week.

A report done by USA Today claims Mackin has not been fired but he and the university are discussing a method to appropriately part ways. 

UAB supporters have expressed their concerns about the future of their football program for weeks. Their concerns were based on claims found in a letter written by former player Justin Craft to UAB's president, Dr. Ray Watts. 

Craft cited UAB's lack of a non-conference schedule in 2016, Clark's contract expiring in 2016 and study to determine whether to continue the program in his letter as reasons the program could be ended.

NFL player Roddy White and former NFL players Brian Thomas and Izell Reese joined Craft in his letter.

The Birmingham City Council pledged its support for the program, along with Mayor William Bell and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who played football at UAB.

State Representative John Rogers was pursuing legislation to either grant UAB independence from the University of Alabama's board of trustees or equal representation on the board from UA, UAB and UAH.

Clark led the Blazers to a 6-6 record this season in his first year on the job. It was the first non-losing season for the Blazers and they are bowl eligible for the first time since 2004.

"I feel for these players," Clark told ESPN.com. "They committed to this school. And the fans. We've had some great support."

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