Boise St. and UAB football

Why is Boise State able to run a football program, but UAB is a complete joke? Here is something interesting to consider about Boise State.

According to the AP, “Founded as a junior college in 1932 by the Episcopal Church, Boise State only received full university status in 1974 and has long been overshadowed in these parts by the more established University of Idaho. While enrollment is climbing and Boise State is making a name for itself in research, most of its 20,000 students commute and more than 40 percent are 25 or older.

“Its campus is as scenic as it is compact, with the Boise Foothills in the background, the Boise River running along the northern edge of campus and the city’s rose garden and zoo just across the Friendship Bridge. Those who don’t ride skateboards or bikes to class can hop on an old-fashioned red-and-green trolley car, part of the campus shuttle service.

“Despite a student body that is largely nontraditional — or maybe because of it — the school is full of passionate Broncos fans. Hats, T-shirts, shorts, sweat pants — name an article of clothing that could be emblazoned with the Boise State logo, and it’ll be seen on campus. …It is not a typical football factory. Its budget for the entire athletic department is $32 million, with Petersen making $1.2 million. Alabama’s athletic department budget was $82 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Tide coach Nick Saban makes $4.7 million alone. Bronco Stadium may as well be the Not So Big House, seating less than 34,000.” (see the entire profile story on Boise State below)

There are some similarities between Boise State and UAB as both have a large core of nontraditional students and both are urban universities. What is the difference?