After a brief hiatus, the UAB football program will back on the field starting in 2017 with Bill Clark as the head coach.

The program had been shutdown on Dec. 2, 2015 beginning an uprising by UAB supporters in Birmingham. They outcry got loud enough that UAB President Ray Watts had to reconsider his decision.

With enough donations from the fan base, on June 2, 2015 Watts finally thought it would be a good idea to reinstate the football program.

Clark was gracious enough to stick around as the head coach, even though the team won’t play a game until the 2017 season.

This was a great moment for the city of Birmingham, as well as UAB supporters.

Now the push is on for Clark and his staff to assemble a team ready to compete when the 2017 season begins.

Another priority is getting the football team a new stadium to play in. There are a lot of concerns with Legion Field where the Blazers typically play their home games, and there have been talks of the city of Birmingham building a new outdoor stadium around the BJCC where the football team could play going forward.

Despite the setback, support for UAB football is greater now than it ever has been. The city of Birmingham and UAB fans can’t wait for 2017 to get here.