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Podcast: Saturday Millionaires, Episode 11

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What’s really going on at UAB? We explore the politics and financials behind the decision to cut football.

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  • The Carr Report was a sham. The attendance numbers were from last season, by far the worst ever. The $47m figure for what it athletic costs was generated by asking all the coaches what facilities would they want if they could have anything they wanted to be competitive. It was a fantasy wish list, and they used that as what it would cost going forward.

  • I’m glad you’re from Birmingham and know how it works here. You are SPOT ON! I’ve been in the student crowds/protests this week and it’s despicable! Too many national outlets are regurgitating the simple (and grossly inaccurate) “financial situation”. It’s such an unbelievable story outside of the State that it would take ESPN Films or 60 Minutes to convince the masses.

  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing you opinions in an informative, intellectual manner. I have direct and first hand knowledge of all the events and would love to share my opinion on the matter. I am a 1993 alum and would love to provide the additional history on the start of the program and where UAB athletics are headed. Feel free to contact me if you would like to further discuss this situation.

  • Your thesis that UAB dropped football due to pressure from Paul Bryant Jr. may or may not be accurate. I am a former UAB athlete, but one thing that your analysis didn’t even touch which I can assure you was a major factor was the dynamics of healthcare reform. UAB is known worldwide as an academic medical center. Dr Watts is a physician( which you didn’t mention) and UAB Medicine will have to cut millions( perhaps hundreds of millions) to keep its medical enterprise viable. That is a very different situation from Charlotte, ODU and many other programs that are trying to move up to play DI football. Take a look at the overall finances of UAB and what percentage of revenues comes from the medical enterprise and you may come up with a different analysis.

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