Bill Clark retires as UAB football coach due to back injury

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UAB Blazers head football coach Bill Clark announced his retirement on Friday, June 24th. Unlike most coaching changes that seem to happen this late in the offseason, this had nothing to do with rumors or scandal, etc. Instead, Coach Clark has had a back injury since his high school playing days, and it has gotten substantially worse over the years.

Clark stated he has exhausted every other option to try and relieve the pain of a pinched nerve, but his doctors explained to him that he is going to need a spinal fusion, and that surgery will keep him down and out for at least 6 months. Since there’s no way to know how recovery will go, Clark opted to retire & resign his post as coach of the football team, rather than ask the university to wait for him to heal up.

The Blazers’ entire staff has remained intact, and offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent, who has been the OC since 2018 and helped win 2 C-USA championships, has been named interim head coach for the 2022 season.

How good has Clark done at UAB? In the 6 seasons with Clark, the Blazers have enjoyed a 65%+ winning percentage. In all the seasons without him, only about 38%.

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Gary began his first website in 1998 as a sophomore in high school, writing reviews of cds and live shows in the Memphis area. He became editor of his college newspaper, then moved towards a career in music.He started the infamous blog during the 2006 football season, and was lucky enough to get into blogging just before the coaching search that landed Nick Saban at Alabama. The month and a half long coaching search netted his site, which was known for tracking airplanes, over 1 million hits in less than 90 days. The website introduced Gary to tons of new friends, including Nico and Todd, who had just started the site diving into more than just Alabama news, Gary started up his first installment of in 2012. After keeping the site quiet for a while, it was started back up in April 2016. Gary then joined forces with high school friend Chris Giannini and began a podcast during the 2016 football season that runs at least 2 times a week, focusing on college football, NFL football, and sports wagering, and diving into other sports and pop-culture topics.E-mail: Twitter: @GaryWCE