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Neil Callaway ‘resigns’ as UAB head coach

It’s been a bad couple of months for the UAB football program both on and off the field.  Not only were the Blazers in the midst of of a three-win season, plans to build a $75 million on-campus stadium were nixed earlier this year as well.

On top of that, now the program will be in the midst of a coaching search — conducted with the hope that potential candidates can look past all the issues that come with the job, stadium and otherwise.

In a release, UAB announced that Neil Callaway had “resigned” as the Blazers’ coach.  Reports Sunday indicated that Callaway had been fired, although the official explanation will be that it was mutually agreed that his football tenure would not be extended.

“I met with Coach Callaway earlier today and we mutually agreed that his tenure as our football coach will not be extended,” said athletic director Brian Mackin in a statement. “I want to thank Neil for his service during his five years as head coach of our football program. There have been many positives attained in his time as head coach, especially the improvement in our APR scores and overall academic success the past several years.

“However, we have not experienced the level of success on the field that we all desire and expect for this program.”

During five seasons at the school, Callaway compiled an 18-42 record, including 3-9 this season.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to be a head coach,” Callaway told ESPN.com. “I appreciate the players and coaches for all their hard work. I wish we would have won more ballgames, but under the circumstances, I think we did a pretty good job.”

Callaway becomes the fifth head coach to be fired/”resign” since Saturday, and the 12th to be either dismissed or retire or “resign” since the start of the 2011 season.  The Blazers are the third Conference USA school to make a change, joining Memphis this weekend and Tulane earlier in the year.

For a look at all of the coaching carousel tumult, click HERE.

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3 Responses to “Neil Callaway ‘resigns’ as UAB head coach”
  1. normtide says: Nov 28, 2011 4:41 PM

    UAB wants the UA system to pay for a $75 mill stadium. They are claiming UA is keeping them down. I have lived here my entire life, UAB has no fan base in the state. Not because there is no on campus stadium, but because the UAB program has no life. In a state with Alabama and Auburn, it takes more than just showing up to gain fans. Troy manages to get by, but they win. They want a huge investment first, then claim wins will come. I don’t see it, sorry. Fans here are either Bama or AU, and any side support goes to Troy. You know, programs that actually win…

  2. uabblazers says: Dec 1, 2011 9:24 PM

    The above post is not based on facts. One board of trustees controlled by 12 UA grads to 2 only UAB grads controls athletic spending and decision making for both schools. Conflict of interest. You bet. Bear Bryant’s son is president of the board even. This unequal representation is perpetuated by a self nominating board and a state full of politicians who are UA law school alums who look the other way while Bear Jr and his cronies leave UAB football in the worst facilities in the country. 6 years ago UAB had agreed to terms with one of the hottest names in coaching with Jimbo Fisher. The school was to pay $300k and boosters $300k. Bear Jr and the board said no and pushed Neil Callaway on UAB. The board approved their man for $375k! Tampering.

    UAB is not asking for a $75 million gift as the previous writer incorrectly asserts. First of all private money will provide the initial $15 Million. The remaining $60 million is borrowed through bond issue and to be repaid over 30 years. UAB currently pays rent in an 85 yr old city owned stadium in the ghetto and receives zero in revenues from naming rights, parking, concessions, pouring rights or renting the facility for concerts and other events. A smaller on campus stadium, with control over the revenue streams, allows UAB limited exposure to subsidy and will pay dividends to the campus community beyond the direct benefits.

    UAB spent 9 months researching the proposal which intends to make money and at worst be revenue neutral. The UA slanted board behind closed doors took the matter off the public meeting agenda, in an attempt to kill it without public discussion.

    At this board meeting, they projects included an $15 million on 2 UA frat houses, $8 million digital media center at UA’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, a $62 million dorm and a $24 million student center at UA, and a $12.5 million visual arts center and $15.8 million imaging center at UAB.

    UAB’s attendance is similar to Troy’s, but with a much higher upside especially without having the worst coaches, facilities and years of losing records. Troy has not had a nearby football school pulling puppet strings in the background.

  3. uabblazers says: Dec 1, 2011 9:34 PM

    National sports and political media look into this. You won’t believe the conflict of interest, bias and tampering going on behalf of the the crimson tide by board president and #1 Alabama booster Paul Bryant Jr. and his dictatorship board. They treat this public board like their own personal frat house and keep their hand in UAB’s 2.3 billion a year wallet – far more than UA and UAH. spread UAB’s story. #freeUAB

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