As closing the barn door after the horse is seen in the next county-type decisions go, this one’s first-rate:
Facing intense scrutiny from his faculty, University of Alabama at Birmingham president Ray Watts announced Friday an independent reexamination of financial figures from a study used to justify the elimination of the football, bowling and rifling programs.
CBSSports.com found several discrepancies in the full report produced by consultant Bill Carr. Watts, who would not discuss specifics about the report, said at a news conference he still believes the initial study’s data is as accurate as when he eliminated football last month.
So he’s going to study a study that he still thinks is right. And in the end, what difference will it make if the same people on UAB’s Board of Trustees still have to be mollified?
Bill Clark was selected as UAB’s coach and led the Blazers to bowl eligibility for the first time in 10 years. Mackin said on the recordings that he initially favored hiring South Alabama coach Joey Jones, a former Crimson Tide player, in part because of his relationship with Bryant.
“So Paul Jr. is probably a fan of his,” Mackin said on the recording. “But Paul Jr. does nothing for me. We’ve just got to tolerate him. No coach is going to make him change his position on UAB football.”
He’s UAB’s Mr. Potter. And Bryant’s not the only one.
After a local business owner pledged money last spring to pay for the installation of artificial turf on one of UAB’s football practice fields, UA System trustee Finis St. John shot down the plan, according to two UAB boosters.
The money was part of a $1 million pledge.
I’d call it a mess, except guys like Bryant and St. John are getting exactly what they want. That sounds more like a plan to me. Tough luck for UAB supporters. Maybe they’ll be interested in buying Alabama season tickets now.