Message from the Athletic Director

	Brian Mackin
Brian Mackin

Dear Blazer Family -

We are extremely excited about the start of the season for the UAB football team. Coach Clark and his staff have no doubt brought a new attitude to the program. It truly is a FAMILY affair for Blazer Football this season and the results on the field the first half of the season have given us all reasons to celebrate and look forward to the future.

There have been numerous highlights to the first half of the season but one that certainly stands out was the come-from-behind victory at Western Kentucky earlier this month. What a tremendous job by our players and coaches, coming back from 13 points down at halftime to dominate the second half and leave Bowling Green with a big win. It was great to see our players celebrate in the locker room after the game.

The team faces another challenge Saturday at Middle Tennessee. With Murfreesboro being close in proximity, we look forward to seeing plenty of Green and Gold in the stands Saturday afternoon.

Basketball Practice Has Begun
Our men's and women's basketball teams began preseason practice in the last couple weeks and the start of the new season will be here soon. Both Coach Haase and Coach Norton have brought in some outstanding young talent to add to their returning players and we're excited to see both teams get on the court.

As you may know, for the Learfield standings, programs are awarded points in 20 sports (10 men's and 10 women's) based on their national finish. There were 292 Division I programs that scored points in 2013-14 and we finished at No. 105 overall.

The men's team plays an exhibition on Nov. 7th against UNC Pembroke and its first regular season game on the 15th against Louisiana Monroe. The women play an exhibition game Nov. 5th against Truman State and then open the regular season on Nov. 14th at Florida State.

Hoops on the Haasephalt
The Third Annual Hoops on the Haasephalt was held last week and I trust that everyone who came out had a great time at what has become an outstanding event. It was once again a great way to get the season started and we appreciate those that attended to support the event.

Go Blazers!

Brian Mackin
Director of Athletics

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