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Jefferson Co. commission hasn't given up on UAB football

The Jefferson Co. Commission. (Source: WBRC video) The Jefferson Co. Commission. (Source: WBRC video)
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Jefferson County commissioners are disappointed UAB has dropped football. 

A consulting report determined UAB football would be too expensive for the school to continue to run and the university shuttered the program, along with the rifle and bowling teams, on Tuesday.

 Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight is a UAB alumnus and isn't pleased with the decision.

"I think it was a blow to Birmingham. I think it was a blow to UAB. Certainly to the morale of the kids that played here and in the Birmingham area," Knight said. 

On Thursday, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington announced he would write a letter to UAB President Dr. Ray Watts on behalf of the commission to see if the program can be salvaged. 

"I would like to see Dr. Watts convene a meeting of city, county and state as well as many in the business community and the Alabama Sports Foundation to see if in any way we can save UAB football working together," Carrington said. 

The Watts decision has sparked heated demonstrations by UAB students and supporters across campus. Commission President Jimmie Stephens said the program is important to adding to the quality of life for the area. 

"Does it create jobs? Yes. Does it create a sense of well being? Yes. Does it create a sense of pride? I believe you can say affirmative to all of those," Stephens said. 

Commissioners believe a group coming together can come up with a plan to possibly make UAB football work in the Magic City. 

"I think that it is important. I think UAB football, the quality of life around football particularly on the Douthside merits at least a look by a larger group," Carrington said.

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