Friday, December 5, 2014

Morning Wrap: UAB Student Blackout Dominates Hoops Game


The #FreeUAB movement in Birmingham continued Thursday night as students and the Football team were featured attractions at the mens basketball team beat Morehead State at Bartow Arena.

Chanting Free UAB and holding signs saying Fire Ray Watts, the students were very visible, dressed entirely in black.

The football players were overwhelmed with the support received and took to the court during the first half of the game to express their gratitude.

While the students said this is only the beginning, they plan continuing the protests as long as they are able.

The Blazers football team was dissolved just four days earlier in what the school termed a "Financial Decision". The team finished the season 6-6 and bowl eligible for the 1st time in 10-years though it appears they will not get a bowl opportunity. Conference USA has more teams that finished bowl eligible than bowl spots.

UAB's only chance would be as an at-large choice and no bowl game seems to be willing to take them on and the publicity that may go along with it.

More on Thursday night's protest from WIAT-TV in Birmingham:

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