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UAB's Bill Clark sees 'glimmer of hope' that program could be revived

Bill Clark explained to why he has decided against coaching during the 2015 season.
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On Thursday, University of Alabama at Birmingham head coach Bill Clark told that he has decided against coaching elsewhere during the 2015 season because he sees "a glimmer of hope" that the program could be restored.

UAB's football program was shut down in December amid financial concerns.

In 2014, Clark led the Blazers to a 6-6 record, their best mark since 2004 (7-5).

UABannounced earlier this month that a task force would be formed to review a financial report that led to the elimination of the football, bowling and rifle programs.

Clark, who said he has been contacted about other coaching positions, laid out the two main reasons he has elected not to coach next fall.


He'll become fully vested in the state retirement system within a year, and he sees "a glimmer of hope" that the UAB program may be revived.

If UAB football is reinstated this year, Clark said, there's "a definite possibility" he would return as head coach, "but it would have to be done correctly."

Prior to taking over UAB, Clark served as the head coach of Jacksonville State and as the defensive coordinator of South Alabama.

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