Sometimes a tweet says it all. Heading into Game 23 under Garrick McGee, this is the state of UAB football with a nationally televised game versus Rice on Thursday night:
Sure, the Blazers play in an antiquated cavern of a stadium, but they were talking championships in Birmingham this offseason.
UAB is 5-17 in McGee's nearly two full seasons at the helm, and 2-8 this season. After Rice, UAB closes at home with Southern Miss so a 3-9 finish is likely, but a win on the final day of the season to match last year's 3-9 campaign does jive with the dictionary's definition of "progress."
"Regardless about what anybody says about our program, we're able to go out and getting kids that are preforming, that are able to perform as well as anybody in Conference USA," McGee told AL.com.
UAB ranks 75th or lower nationally in six of the eight major offensive and defensive metrics. The Blazers have one win against FBS competition this year, a 27-24 Oct. 12 win over Florida International, who itself needed a 24-23 victory over Southern Miss the week prior to earn its only win of the season. That doesn't come close to dampening McGee's outlook, though.
"Give us an offseason," McGee said. "We're going to continue to push forward. Our kids will be bigger, faster stronger and we're going to add another recruiting class plus about 17 guys that are injured and not able to play and will help us next year. I think the future is bright for us."