UAB dodges Finebaum

UAB’s disgraceful showing on the APR released Tuesday was followed up by a disgraceful performance Wednesday as UAB’s athletic director declined an invitation to appear on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network.

With Pat Smith and Ryan Haney filling in for a tardy Finebaum, the duo announced the show had invited UAB on to discuss the academic disaster. UAB declined and sent over a series of lame quotes.

UAB lost nine scholarships in football, and two scholarships in basketball. Even UAB’s men’s golf program was hit with sanctions.

What a joke.

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UAB should shutter its football program. Stop pouring money down the rat hole, and invest in projects worthwhile. UAB students don’t care about football—unlike students at UA and Auburn, UAB students are more interested in their studies than campus life.

When most UAB students have never attended a basketball or football game then you have a serious marketing problem. You can’t make a business case for UAB athletics when the market you should own is already dominated by your competitors.

Alabama and Auburn are like Pepsi and Coca-Cola. UAB is the RC Cola of the state’s athletic scene. Only it sucks more.

I’d like UAB to make a reasonable argument for keeping its football program. Unfortunately, I’m sure they’ll dodge that challenge too.

A sidenote on taxation for education
Ever noticed how politicians always say the solution to educational woes is to raise taxes? Of course, the only reason they believe that is on display in the two-year college corruption scandal, but the NCAA president just said something worth noting about resources and education:

Brand acknowledged there is a correlation between money and APR scores although he called on athletic directors and university presidents to set better priorities.

“It’s not as much about how many resources you have, as it is about where you put it,” he said. “If you have a problem, you should put it more toward academic development and not as much toward suites or new facilities, for instance.”

Wow. I’ve said that for years. Buying new laptops for a classroom isn’t anywhere near as important as buying the right textbooks and hiring the right teachers. Of course, there is much less graft doing those things than throwing money around buying play things.

But cheers to Myles Brand for making the case against throwing money at educational problems.