May 20, 2015
Following the announcement of the elimination of football, bowling, and rifle at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the UAB National Alumni Society (NAS), representing approximately 11,000 active alumni, engaged the Administration in conversation and debate regarding the viability and importance of the programs to our alumni, current and prospective students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Through the process of engagement, dialog, and productive debate, the Administration agreed to an independent feasibility study conducted by a Task Force headed by the NAS. The Task Force also formed a fundraising subcommittee to gauge public and private financial support for the programs.
The Task Force worked diligently and selected College Sport Solutions to perform the feasibility study. The Task Force publicly released the CSS report on Monday, May 18, 2015. After careful review of the report and the preliminary fundraising support, the UAB NAS calls upon the UAB Administration to reinstate football, bowling, and rifle. The report clearly shows that the programs are feasible at a level that enables UAB to compete for C-USA championships and post season opportunities with the current level of institutional support, combined with the public and private support that has been and continues to be established by the Task Force Fundraising Subcommittee. Not only are the programs financially viable with the combined institutional and public/private support, they are vitally important to current and prospective students, our faculty and staff, and our community. Collectively, these sports are financially supportable and they are essential.
As the collective voice of UAB Alumni, the NAS is grateful for the opportunity to lead the review of the initial decision to eliminate the programs and for the opportunity to make a substantial financial commitment to these and other athletic programs at UAB. We are equally grateful to the Task Force for their still ongoing work for our University. GO BLAZERS!