UAB's Bill Clark stepping down due to health concerns

CoolBreeze

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I've been an admirer of Bill Clark for quite a while. Dude can flat out coach and really hate to hear he had to step down due to health concerns. Not sure UAB can continue to compete at the same level without him. Sad day. Prayers to Coach and his family.
 

jabcmb

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Wishing Coach Clark a rapid recovery. Before Clark, UAB was not only a blah football program but was shut down for two years. They have winning records every year since and multiple bowl games—an incredible coaching job. It’s hard to measure what an accomplishment that is; but when SMU football was shut down (different era, different circumstances) they never really recovered, much less got better. I think Clark is a great coach who deserves a lot of respect.
 
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edwd58

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We have been Bill Clark fans and believers since his Prattville days. Wishing the best for him and his family.
 
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rolltide_21

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Man, this bums me out. I enjoy watching the Blazers primarily because of him. Hopefully he can make some kind of comeback after he recovers.

ETA- I like the fact he was straight up about his issues. I understand some wanting privacy on matters like this. But he was honest and this isn’t one of UM’s “health concerns.” A breath of fresh air in the modern coaching world. Also, I bet he’s around the program especially if they hire within.
 
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4Q Basket Case

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Really stinks for Clark, and for UAB football. He must be in a ton of pain, with no letup, to resign at this point in the year.

I’m guessing Clark and the AD are hoping he’ll be healed enough to resume duties after this coming season. If not, they’ll be forced to move in a different direction, reluctantly, I’m sure.

Meanwhile, if I‘m in the AD’s shoes, I’m finding an off-field position for Clark. He presents a great public image, and has unquestioned UAB bona fides.
 

deliveryman35

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Have followed him since his days at Prattville when my kids went to HS there. I’ve admired what he has accomplished everywhere he’s been, but also wondered why he never took a major job. He will likely become special assistant to the AD where he will basically deal with boosters and help fund-raise and still pull down a 6 figure salary—good for him. He inherited a complete mess at UAB and made it into something that it had never been.
 
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lowend

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The UAB message board crowd is a jaded, skittish bunch. They don't doubt the health issues, but think the retirement now, as opposed to a leave of absence, is a way for him to leave a legend and pursue a P5 job when healthy.
 

Joefus

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As someone who had back surgery last year and at some point will have to have the surgery he’s gonna have I can honestly say this is the right move. The pain is total and inescapable. Good for him for making it as long as he did but once they fuse that’s a wrap for any kind of mobility and/or normal life. I hope once he recovers he can be an analyst somewhere if he so chooses.
 

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