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He won't be leaving anytime soon

An analysis of Clark's contribution to UAB


Payton Parrish
Senior Staff Reporter


Over the years, head coach Bill Clark has built a name for himself in the world of college football. Since the return of the UAB Football program in 2017, Clark has taken the program to a new level. 

Since 2017 the Blazers have finished each season with a winning record, won their first conference championship, and gone to a bowl game every season. Before his arrival in 2014, the Blazers had only been to a bowl game once in program history. 

With all of this success in such a short span of time, it is easy to see why other schools are interested in Clark and everything he brings to the table. Most recently, Mississippi State was looking for a new head coach after firing Head Coach Joe Moorhead.Iwas no secret that many believed Clark would be the perfect hire. 

While UAB fans love seeing the Blazers win games, conference championships, and bowl games; that is not the only reason they love Clark. His loyalty to the program and to the city of Birmingham is unmatched. When the program was cut, Clark stayed through it all and brought the program back to life. He was put in a situation where it would have been so easy to leave and get another job. Clark was put in the worst position possible as a head coach, but he took it and ran with it.

Looking forward, only time will tell how much longer UAB will have Clark leading the Blazers. UAB Football is continuing to grow and become increasingly competitive each season. In the future, the potential is there for UAB to join the Atlantic Coast Conference as the university continues to grow. This would give Clark and his team the chance to compete on a higher level each week and make a name for themselves in a Power Five Conference. This would be big, as it would allow Clark to grow and lead the team in a bigger conference without having to leave UAB. 

As of now, Clark is here to stay and lead the Blazers in the upcoming 2020 season. The future is bright for Clark and this program. Looking back onthese last three seasons, what Clark has accomplished is special and no easy task after re-establishing a program. Every UAB student and fan should be excited about the future of this program with Clark leading the way. If UAB is lucky, he won’t be leaving anytime soon.