• March 1991 - A press conference is held with UAB President Charles McCallum and athletics director Gene Bartow to announce that the university will play NCAA Division III football in the fall of 1991. Dr. Jim Hilyer, the coach of the UAB club team the previous two seasons, is named head coach.

• September 1991 - UAB plays its first-ever NCAA-sanctioned game against Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

• September 6, 1993 - The Blazers make their Division I-AA debut at Legion Field against in-state rival, Troy State.

• September 11, 1993 - Just five days after losing to Troy State in its season opener, UAB storms back to defeat Morehead State, 52-14, and earn its first I-AA victory.

• 1994 - A press conference is held in the UAB Arena with UAB President J. Claude Bennett and athletics director Gene Bartow to announce that the University will be making the move to Division I-A football in 1996.

• 1995 - Watson Brown, a veteran of more than 20 years of college coaching, is named UAB's second football coach as he follows Dr. Jim Hilyer, who coached the Blazers in their first four seasons of intercollegiate competition.

• 1996 - UAB makes its Division I-A debut as the Blazers play before a crowd of more than 80,000 at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium. UAB trailed just 9-0 at halftime before falling to the Tigers by a 29-0 score.

• 1996 - Two weeks after opening the season and playing their first game as a Division I-A member, UAB posts its first victory at the I-A level, defeating Arkansas State, 42-17.

• 1996 - In November, Conference USA Commissioner Mike Slive announces that the league presidents have voted to admit UAB as a football-playing member of the conference beginning with the 1999 season.

• 1998 - Cornerback Dainon Sidney becomes the first UAB player ever selected in the National Football League draft when he is chosen in the third round. A day later, safety Izell Reese would be selected in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys.

• 1999 - UAB upsets No. 17-ranked East Carolina at Legion Field; it is the Blazers' first victory over a nationally-ranked team and sets the stage for UAB to claim a share of second place in Conference USA.

• 2000 - UAB upsets LSU on Homecoming in Baton Rouge. Daniel Dixon comes off the bench to throw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Leron Little, and Rhett Gallego hits two field goals, including a 32-yarder as time expires to clinch the victory.

• 2002 - UAB defensive standouts Bryan Thomas and Eddie Freeman are early-round NFL draft picks. Thomas, the school's all-time leader in sacks, becomes the first Blazer in history to be chosen in the first round, taken as the No. 22 overall pick by the New York Jets. Freeman was selected in the second round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

• 2004 - UAB makes its historic first bowl appearance as the Blazers earn a berth in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, competing against the Hawai'i Warriors.

• 2005 - After a record-breaking 2004 season, wide receiver Roddy White is selected in the first round of the National Football League Draft, chosen as the No. 27 pick by the Atlanta Falcons.

• December 2006 - Neil Callaway, who had been part of successful SEC programs at Auburn, Alabama and most recently Georgia, is named the third head coach in UAB history. Callaway took the helm of the Blazer program after six seasons as the offensive coordinator at Georgia.

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