UAB head football coach Bill Clark leaves the meeting with UAB president Ray Watts as players and coaches hug behind him in the doorway, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 in Birmingham, Ala. UAB is shutting down the football program after one of the Blazers' stronger, Joe Songer
December 07, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Days after its football program was shut down, the UAB Blazers got more bad news: They won't play in a postseason game.

A Conference USA spokeswoman said Sunday that the Blazers weren't invited to a bowl.

UAB President Ray Watts announced Tuesday that he was shutting down the football program. It came days after the team became bowl eligible for the first time in a decade.

The Blazers finished 6-6 but weren't among the five C-USA teams receiving bids.

Also Sunday, UAB officials addressed some questions about the cost-cutting move on the university website.

The post said the decision to shut down wasn't predetermined but came after cost projections in the spring ''were shockingly high - especially those related to football.''

UAB says football was expected to cost $49 million over the next five years.

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