If you haven’t already heard, the University of Alabama-Birmingham announced yesterday that it will reinstate its football program starting in 2016 after president Ray Watts decided to shut it down (and fire his athletic director) back in December.
Led by the hashtag #FreeUAB, the entire nation came together in support of the football program, hoping for an eventual gridiron comeback for the Blazers.
Ask and you shall receive. Reactions were priceless.
— Jonathan Hardison (@FOX6Hardison) June 1, 2015
— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) June 1, 2015
— Nick Haddad (@NickHaddad60) June 2, 2015
Thrilled UAB is supposedly reinstating football. Never should have dropped it.
— Cameron Osburn (@CEO25) June 2, 2015
I just love UAB so much 💚💛
— Mallory Sisk (@MalSisk) June 2, 2015
@UAB_Football Congrats! For many of us, college football — in general — is so important. Good to see the program reinstated. Best of luck!
— Josh Reinhart (@Josh_Reinhart) June 2, 2015
One has to wonder though: Was this entire thing a ploy to grab some spotlight and the support from donors? Is Ray Watts a financial genius? I mean, c’mon, these t-shirts were ready to go the second he made the announcement…
Shirts just arrived pic.twitter.com/9j4SxC8Z38
— Christy Hutchings (@ChristyReport) June 1, 2015
And then there’s this:
UAB AD Mark Ingram on B-Ham radio: They'll need an additional $3.75 million of booster support every year to keep #FreeUAB football afloat
— Underdog Dynasty (@underdogdynasty) June 2, 2015
Either way, good for UAB football, and good for the bowling and rifle teams, which were also reinstated.