UAB football to resume play in 2017

UAB football can take the field again in 2017 and remain an FBS program.

Athletic director Mark Ingram said Tuesday that rifle will return in the upcoming season, while bowling will compete in 2016-17 and football in two years.

UAB dropped all three sports in December to cut costs and announced six months later they would be reinstated.

Ingram says the NCAA has told UAB that football can resume in 2017 and remain in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

UAB supporters pledged enough money to cover the projected $17 million cost to operate football over the next five years.

The NCAA won’t subject UAB to FBS requirements for three academic years beginning with 2015-16.

The Blazers would be eligible immediately for postseason play and a Conference USA title.

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