SPORTS OPINION: UAB Football Shutdown Hits Fans, Players

College football has had an outstanding year thus far. Including the first year of the College Football Playoff, to incredible plays, and feel good stories on and off the field.

But there is one negative aspect that has recently been brought to the attention of the public: football costs money to keep up, and if you don’t have enough money, no more football will take place.

The University of Alabama- Birmingham football team took this the hard way. The athletic department was losing money on football, so they completely eliminated it from the picture.

Yes, this seems like a good financial decision, but what about the players? What about the players that worked their ways up through the ranks of JUCO to finally get that division one offer? They are the ones that suffer.

UAB is a mid-major football program, but has been a place where stars are born. Receiver Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons attended UAB and was a star on the football team. Former Jackson Prep kicker Swayze Waters played at UAB, and has recently been awarded special teams player of the year in the Canadian League.

The current UAB football players are now without a team. They can no longer continue to do what they love at the University they chose to attend.

To add salt to the wound, the Blazers finished 6 -6 this year, their first winning season in nearly a decade, and were not accepted to a bowl game. UAB will also have to pay money to the teams that it was scheduled to play in the upcoming years.

UAB fans feel the effect of this decisions, but the players are the ones that will suffer.