VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Clark brings ambitions to UAB program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Bill Clark didn't agree to take over UAB's struggling football program until he was convinced it was a high priority for the university.

Advertisement
The UAB administration made a believer out of him, and vice versa.

''I think one of the things I started with was, who is our leadership here,'' Clark said Wednesday when he was introduced as the Blazers head coach. ''I had to see a commitment. I had to see how important football was here and that's what I saw.

''I see there is a commitment here. There's work to be done, we know that, but I saw that commitment here.''

The Blazers have struggled to turn that commitment into success. Clark takes over a program that hasn't had a winning record since 2004. Garrick McGee, who left to become offensive coordinator at Louisville, was 5-19 in two seasons, including 2-10 in 2013.

''We think there is a ton of things to sell at the university,'' Clark said. ''We have to get started.''

This is the second college head coaching job for Clark, a highly successful Alabama high school coach and former South Alabama defensive coordinator. He led Jacksonville State to its most victories since the Gamecocks' Division II champion team in 1992 during his lone season. Jacksonville State went 11-4 and advanced to the FCS quarterfinals in 2013.

UAB athletic director Brian Mackin didn't disclose the terms of Clark's contract, which must be approved by university system trustees. He said the job generated plenty of interest, but that Clark was clearly the best fit for the program.

''He is definitely a proven winner in everything he's done in his life,'' Mackin said. ''I wanted somebody that understood football in this state. This state has two unbelievably successful programs at the FBS level. In this state, it is very much known that people understand football, they're very educated.''

Clark inherits a team that ranked 119th nationally in scoring defense last season, giving up 43.8 points and 497.8 yards per game.

He must help find a way to generate fan support in an area dominated by Auburn and Alabama.

The Blazers, who play off campus in aging Legion Field, ranked last in Conference USA in attendance. Their five home games drew an average of 10,548 fans.

Mackin said the room full of supporters for Clark's introduction shows that there's interest in the Blazers.

''Who said that UAB football didn't matter?'' Mackin said. ''How about this?''

Clark said he and his coaching staff ''are coming here as a destination to make this program great.''

It starts with recruiting, though. Clark said the Blazers coaches will be a heavy presence in Alabama high schools recruiting against FBS teams like Troy and South Alabama.

''We're going to win the state of Alabama. Period,'' Clark said. ''Every coach in this state will know who we are. I love when a coach in this state says `We have not seen a UAB coach at my school.' I promise you that will not happen. ''

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
News: 2018 College Playoff Props
News: 2018 Heisman Trophy Odds
Marshall DT Aaron dies from complications
Rutgers adds Joseph, Robinson to staff
Enos among hires announced by 'Bama
Tennessee hires Weinke as RBs coach
Oregon adds Mirabal as 10th asst. coach
Wake Forest WR Dortch healthy for spring
ECU transfer QB Minshew to visit 'Bama
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2017 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Vince Akins + 3165
Scott Pritchard + 2769
Mark Franco + 2093
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 517
Gary Bart + 290
Jim Feist + 185
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Pritchard 68 %
Vince Akins 64 %
Dave Cokin 62 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1510
Scott Pritchard + 1184
Marc Lawrence + 975
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 1365
Scott Pritchard + 1074
Antony Dinero + 551
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 1060
Marc Lawrence + 959
Joe Williams + 805
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership