News that the University of Alabama in Birmingham would reinstate the UAB Blazers football team allowed fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Now the fine print is sinking in. As APR’s MacKenzie Bates takes a look at the price tag of saving the UAB Blazers from the perspective of someone who’s seen the team from the inside out…
“Given the broad base of support never before seen, as of today, we are taking steps to reinstate the football, rifle and bowling programs.”
Football, Bowling and Rifle are coming back to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
President Doctor Ray Watts decided Monday morning to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters went through the weekend.
Doctor Watts announced six months ago the University could not support the football, bowling and rifle programs due to financial reasons. UAB commissioned a report saying it would cost $49 million over five years to field a competitive program.
Engineering students from Alabama are helping NASA design ways to dig for minerals on other planets. The agency’s Robotics Mining Competition begins this morning at the Kennedy Space Center. Students from the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College have built a robot digger for the competition.
Dr. Kenneth Ricks is an associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. He says this is robotics mining competition puts his team up against some of the best programs on the planet…
NFL Charities is awarding more than $1.5 million in grants for sports-related medical research at 15 organizations, with nearly two-thirds of the money going to study concussion prevention and treatment. This year's grants include research on stem cells and nervous system injuries; MRI methods after concussions; and the effect of temperature on the severity of potential brain injuries.
It's football season and for many young athletes that means lots of practices and training to get in shape for the big game every week. It's also a prime time for these players to get injured. Drew Ferguson is a licensed athletic trainer and Director of Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital of Alabama. Ferguson says extra care needs to be taken at youth levels to keep players safe because they lack the resources of the older counterparts.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from its football program for violating school and team rules. The junior defensive back, who was nicknamed Honey Badger, was a surprising Heisman Trophy candidate last season. He was suspended for a game last year for failing a drug test. Coach Les Miles would not specify the reason Mathieu was kicked off the team. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, citing an unidentified person close to the player, reported that Mathieu failed another drug test.
Anniston AL – The football season starts this weekend for many colleges and universities in our state, including the University of Alabama. This morning, commentator Lisa Davis tells us about her introduction to football in this state.
Commentator Lisa Davis is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Anniston. She writes occasional commentary for Alabama Public Radio.