Alabama-Birmingham University football supporters along with the UAB athletics assessment task force have come together to raise nearly $6 million in order to revive the football program which was shut down last year.
If you recall, last month an independent economic consulting firm, OSKR—spearheaded by Dan Rascher and Andy Schwarz—said that UAB was “ill-advised” to drop the program, saying they essentially broke even and were due to make money off the program in the years ahead.
More from John Talty of AL.com:
Justin Craft, the head of the task force’s fundraising subcommittee, told a crowd of more than 200 people that the UAB Football Foundation received 154 pledges to reinstate football, bowling and women’s rifle. Throughout the night, Craft encouraged supporters to make five-year commitments and people obliged by grabbing forms to commit to the cause.
“I’m overwhelmed at the support,” Craft told AL.com. “This is really something people want. I think Birmingham wants this program to return.”
The program is coming off a season in which they went 6-6. UAB has not had a winning season since the 2004 season when they participated in the Hawaii Bowl, losing to Hawaii. However, based on the support it is getting in the Birmingham community, this is beloved program nonetheless and there is hope it can be reinstated.