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UAB Football Program Set To Return In 2016 After Controversial Termination

A formal announcement from UAB is expected at 4 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - OCTOBER 25: Head Coach Bill Clark of the UAB Blazers claps for his team as the run onto the field during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Blazers 45-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - OCTOBER 25: Head Coach Bill Clark of the UAB Blazers claps for his team as the run onto the field during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Blazers 45-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) will announce the return of their football program on Monday, according to ESPN.

Last December, UAB president Ray Watts had declared that he would disband football, rifle and women's bowling teams, citing troubling financial projections for the athletic department. The decision was then met with substantial public outcry from shocked fans and students, who in response demanded more transparency behind UAB's athletic operations in "Free UAB" protests.

A formal announcement from UAB is expected at 4 p.m. Monday.

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