NCAA after UAB?

The University of Alabama at Birmingham could face an NCAA investigation of its men’s basketball program, according to the Legal Schnauzer blog. According to the report, “the inquiry dates to the end of Coach Mike Anderson’s tenure (he’s now at Missouri) and the arrival of current coach Mike Davis. NCAA investigators reportedly have visited with one of Davis’ close personal associates.”

UAB’s basketball program has been its crown jewel‚ sparkling amidst the garbage of the athletic department like the joke that is UAB football. Unlike the football program, the basketball program was something the school and community could take pride in. NCAA problems could taint that too.

You can thank UAB’s leadership over the last twenty years for all these problems. President after president has failed the university, and now Carol Garrison is presiding over a sinking ship.

UAB football has been a rat hole where dollars were wasted, and students weren’t making academic progress. Last year, the football program lost eight scholarships and the basketball program lost two scholarships because of the school’s pathetic Academic Progress Rate (APR).

UAB was once known for its academics. It was a place where students attended college with the purpose of getting a degree—they weren’t interested in college sports, or the distractions of campus life. UAB students were a mix of adults returning for further education and dedicated undergraduates with a focus on academics.

The APR fiasco stained that positive reputation. UAB administrators in an attempt to irritate the University of Alabama betrayed its rich history to become a football factory—a failed football factory.

UAB is a football school where 10 people show up to watch a game. UAB is a football school that has done nothing in its existence to warrant continuation of Blazer football. It should be closed and those resources diverted to other University projects.

It would be nice to say those resources should go to the basketball program—for years the basketball program brought honor to the school (despite the inane ramblings of Gene Bartow and his crackpot conspiracy theories.) That honor has evaporated through incompetent leadership at the highest levels.

The University of Alabama System should fire UAB president Carol Garrison before it is too late. Everyday new revelations emerge of trouble on Southside. To quote that great philosopher, it is time to “Nip it” before any more damage is done. Fire Garrison. End the football program, and if things don’t improve, end the basketball program. With a deep economic recession this is no time to waste money. Save UAB before it is too late. It is too important to the state to let it languish.

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  1. 1
    Edward Blackwelder

    I think UAB should concentrate its efforts and resources on academics and research. They have been, and are, excellent at both.

    As far as sports go, UAB just doesn’t have it. Football, especially, should stay at Tuscaloosa. Basketball for UAB, maybe.

    I have fond memories of my days at UAB. It was strictly academics at that time and, one must admit, this is where the institution really stands out.

    UAB has had strong leadership in the past, lets hope this great institution of higher learning will “see the light” at return to what it does best.

  2. 2
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    Is it obvious enough that your trying to deflect some attention from Tuscaloosa ? I dont wanna hear squat about us being obsessed with bama. You must be obsessed with U.A.B.

    If I were you , I would be looking toward T-town.

  3. 3
    E. G. White

    There you go again inbred. Sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong and most definitely is not welcome. Making snide remarks about something you know nothing about and that doesn’t concern you. And you wonder why I castigte you stupid bastards with the most vile, low class words possible. Believe me dipshit it is intentional. You don’t deserve to be conversed with in a civil manner. You’re a pestilence. Go play with the other turds on one of your barner sites red headed step child.

  4. 5
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    What time did big yellow drop you off from school ? 3:45 ? Mommy doesnt know you are using bad language on the computer. Be careful, or she will ground you. Now go play in the road.

  5. 7
    T

    First of all, I think the fact that UAB hold its student-athletes to the same academic standards as its regular students is in UAB’s favor.

    Second, the UAT campus has absolutely no room to throw stones at someone in regards to NCAA violations of any sort. (Textbooks anyone? Affairs with secretaries?)

    Third, UAB has had football for less than 20 years. How can you possibly expect a school that is in the middle of two SEC schools, who have built up their fan bases over the past 100 years, to have overnight success?

    Finally, UAT is a sess pool of dirt road road alumni and students who care more about getting drunk at a football game than they do about their future careers (working for UAB grads, of course).

  6. 8
    Pluto

    Look here. Get off your stack of pallets with your Willie Stark preaching Cappy. You know damn well that in order to have D-1 Basketball in a mid-major conference – you must have D-1 Football. You cannot have Basketball only to stay in any respectable D-1 Conference. I will say that C-USA is not worth a damn and is essentially a Memphis – Texas geographic bastard child – it enables the Basketball Program. Until all hell breaks loose and realigns Conferences – this is the damn deal . Just tell the truth and quit bullshitting.

  7. 9
    E. G. White

    Don’t know if it would be a ghost town, but it would definitely be less for lack of the experience. I did my first 2 years at UAB before transferring to Bama. I really enjoyed the tranquillity in comparison to a large school. At that time there were no athletic teams at all. Purely education and a feather in the cap of the UA educational system. I’m not about to say how long ago that was. Also both of my children were born at the medical center. Bama has their football, so I’ve always been proud of UAB basketball. A few years back I was sweating bullets when it appeared that Bama and UAB could possibly meet for the national championship after Bama beat #1 Stanford and UAB beat Kentucky. That would have been both fantastic and hell at the same time! I hate that it’s evolved into a back biting relationship. It’s almost like Bama – Auburn.

  8. 10
    Anon

    Legal Schnauzer? The hack that can’t even rabble rouse on anti-UAB message boards, and you use him as a source? Jesus Christ, tell you what, here’s a story for ya, “Capstone Report is front for Scientologist Nazi Zombies, to be raided by FBI soon.” Dime’ll getcha a dollar that it’d get more readers than this garbage.

  9. 11
    Paul Shapiro

    Shane…this article is garbage. The crap magazines that post stories about aliens abducting people have better sources than you.

  10. 12
    capstonereport

    Dumbass, Shane’s name isn’t on the article. Anything he writes, has his name on it.

    If you don’t like the source of the report fine, but it might lend credibility to your position if UAB’s leadership wasn’t a train wreck.

  11. 13
    36-0

    Barnies, what’s worse: free class credits or free textbooks? Is it obvious you guys are trying to “deflect some attention away from Opelika”?

    And what exactly is UAB? Isn’t that UA’s sisterly extension school, originally created for the retards who couldn’t make it at UA?

    36-0!

  12. 14
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    36-0……….Isnt it obvious ? Free textbooks appear to be worse as the NCAA is investigating you and not Auburn. Or didnt you know that ?

  13. 15
    E. G. White

    Of course they’re not. Why would they want to investigate one of their narc schools? Additionally, boosters that had no qualms about bribing Jene Jelks to lie and incriminate Bama, would certainly be more than willing to ante up for a bribe to make the NCAA go away. Not making unsubstantiated accusations you understand. Just making an educated guess based on past performance! rtr!

  14. 16
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    Eggwhite, you are on crack. Narc school? I thought we were the 3rd most penalized team ever ? I think you get us and Tennessee confused.

  15. 17
    Elliot Brindley

    Thanks for making Alabama’s losses in football and basketball even sweeter for me! I especially enjoyed watching Utah’s QB light up Alabama’s defense in the Sugar Bowl this year…

    27 of 41 (65.9%) for 336 yards, 3 TD’s and 0 INT’s

    I also enjoyed watching Utah’s defense hold Alabama to 31 net yards rushing and sacking J.P. Wilson 8 times!

    Good luck with your season opener against Virginia Tech. Well, at least you have Florida International and North Texas to look forward to after getting your butt handed to you by the Hokies.

  16. 18
    Bob Smith

    Under the direction of UAB president Carol Garrison the veterans V.A. education fund has been charged twice for courses that the veterans have already taken and passed sometimes with as high as a 4.0 average. This university scam that Garrison has been pushing defrauds money from Federal grants, Veterans Administration and the state education funds. Her rule is that credits transfers but student’s grade point averages are subject to being altered by UAB professionals?? If you have transferred credits from accredited colleges to UAB you may have been a victim. By falsifying the grade point average on a per subject basis students have only two choices: The first one is to accept the low grade point average and go ahead and proceed toward a degree from UAB. The second option is to retake the same courses a second time at UAB to have a decent grade point average at graduation. According to Garrison’s office staff there hasn’t been any earth shattering problems doing this until now. The state is now in pro ration and the Federal government is prosecuting university chief officers who are abusing state, and federal programs such as the state education fund, Veterans Administration education funds, state/federal grants and federal college loans made for the purpose of paying UAB for these unplanned semesters.

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    Bob Smith

    Under the direction of UAB president Carol Garrison the veterans V.A. education fund has been charged twice for courses that the veterans have already taken and passed sometimes with as high as a 4.0 average. This scam that Garrison has implemented defrauds money from Federal grants, Veterans Administration and the state education funds. Her rule is that credits transfers but student’s grade point averages are subject to being altered by UAB professionals?? If you have transferred credits from accredited colleges to UAB you may have been a victim. By falsifying the grade point average on a per subject basis students have only two choices: The first one is to accept the low grade point average and go ahead and proceed toward a degree from UAB. The second option is to retake the same courses a second time at UAB so that students have a decent grade point average at graduation. According to Garrison’s office staff there hasn’t been any earth shattering problems doing this until now. The state is now in pro ration and the Federal government is prosecuting university chief officers all over the country who are abusing state, and federal programs such as the state education fund, Veterans Administration education funds, state/federal grants and federal college loans made for the purpose of paying UAB for these unplanned semesters.

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