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University in Alabama ends football program, angering just about everyone

University in Alabama ends football program, angering just about everyone

In the powerhouse world of Alabama college football, the Blazers have long been the scrappy underdog. This season, there was a turnaround for the University of Alabama at Birmingham: A new coach led the team to six wins, game attendance doubled to more than 20,000, and after a 45-24 victory against Southern Miss, the Blazers became eligible to play in a bowl game for the first time in a decade. Then it came crashing down. A few days after that lopsided victory, university President Ray L. Watts announced he was killing the football program, making UAB the first college to drop a Division I football team in nearly 20 years. Five days later, no bowl invitation, either. ------------ FOR...

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