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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%.