UAB has had just two season of bowl eligibility in their FBS history. This season is their first under Bill Clark and a guy who has just two seasons of college head coaching experience got the Blazers back to the promised land. Clark is suddenly available after today's news that UAB will be shuttering their football program.
Clark made his bones at the high school level: His first head coaching job was at Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama. During his tenure at Prattville, Clark compiled an overall record of 106 wins to only 11 losses (106–11), in the process winning back-to-back Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) state championships for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
In 2008, Clark made the jump to college when South Alabama brought him in as a defensive coordinator. He stayed in that role through the 2012 season when he was hired as head coach at Jacksonville State.
During his only season as head coach at Jacksonville State, Clark led the Gamecocks to their first playoff victories, 49 school records, 13 OVC records and three NCAA records.
Then last January in early 2014, Clark was hired to serve as the fifth head coach at UAB following the resignation of Garrick McGee. All was going well this year but the politics of Alabama football and the state trustees, which had always made UAB an outsider, finally seems to have destroyed the Blazers.
This puts a young successful coach with a lot of recruiting connections in the south on the market.
It's a bit outside of what anyone has been considering but should Danny White try to temp Bill Clark from UAB to U@B?