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Digging into the UAB athletics announcement: the historical role of the Southeastern Conference in all of this

01.21.2015 by André Natta · No Comments


Last week’s passage of new NCAA Division I governance rules didn’t come without some concern from student-athlete representatives from the Southeastern Conference and Big 12. The concern from the SEC is interesting considering its role in getting to this point in college sports. Continue reading

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Digging into the UAB athletics announcement: All eyes shift to Ohio and Kent State University

01.20.2015 by André Natta · 0 Comments

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Kent State University announced it will be conducting an exhaustive assessment of their entire athletics department. They are the first NCAA FBS school to make such an announcement since UAB discontinued three athletic programs in early December 2014. Continue reading

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Digging into the UAB athletics announcement: A look at C-USA and SEC athletic budgets, subsidies and state appropriations

01.19.2015 by André Natta · 3 Comments


A busy weekend at the NCAA Convention and proposed legislation in Virginia led us to do a comparison of the UAB Blazers 2013 athletics budget against other Conference USA schools and the Southeastern Conference — with interesting results. Continue reading

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Digging into the UAB athletics announcement: The Joseph Volker equation

01.17.2015 by André Natta · 6 Comments


As we begin to look at the larger issues affecting the UAB athletics announcement, one of the best places to start is by understanding the mindset and experiences of its founding president (and the first chancellor of the University System of Alabama), Joseph Volker. Continue reading

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Digging into the UAB athletics announcement: A timeline of interest emerges

01.16.2015 by André Natta · 0 Comments

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A timeline developed as part of a recent presentation to the state chapter of the Public Relations Society of America by this website gains more meaning as a result of minutes from a UAB athletics financial analysis committee meeting in December. Continue reading

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The reason behind the UAB athletics announcement

01.15.2015 by André Natta · 2 Comments

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One of the biggest stories of the last two months — the elimination of the football, bowling, and rifle teams at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) — has involved the Board of Trustees and the state legislature. It’s just not in the way (or for the reasons) that many have been referring. Continue reading

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No confidence votes don’t always translate to resignations

01.12.2015 by André Natta · 0 Comments


The voices calling for no confidence votes in UAB president Ray Watts this week are assuming the votes will automatically lead to his removal. While it could happen, it’s not a guarantee — at all. There’s a database that shows us when and why it doesn’t too. Continue reading

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