September 15, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) UAB coach Bill Clark has agreed to a five-year contract extension as he works to restart the program.

Athletic director Mark Ingram announced the deal on Tuesday. UAB gave Clark a three-year deal worth $500,000 annually in January 2014.

UAB didn't release the financial terms of the contract. The compensation committee of the Alabama system trustees is expected to approve the contract on Wednesday, along with Ingram's deal from May.

''We are doing this and doing it right - today's announcement sends that message loud and clear,'' Clark said in a statement.

UAB shut down football, rifle and bowling shortly after the 47-year-old Clark led the Blazers to a 6-6 record in his debut season. University President Ray Watts announced plans to restore all three programs six months later.

UAB will resume playing football in 2017 and remain in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

UAB supporters pledged enough money to cover the projected $17 million cost to operate football over the next five years, plus millions more toward facility upgrades.

The NCAA won't subject UAB to FBS minimum scholarship numbers for three academic years beginning with 2015-16.

''The university looks forward to the next phase of UAB football,'' Ingram said. ''We will continue raising philanthropic support needed for facilities and will move forward with our plan to play a complete FBS schedule as a full member of Conference USA in 2017.

''I am as happy as our fans, alumni, donors and community that Bill Clark will continue to be our coach. This is another day of celebration for UAB, with many more to come.''

UAB had won only five games over the two seasons before Clark's arrival and finished with the program's best record in a decade in his first season.

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