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UAB announces five-year contract for Bill Clark


At long last, Bill Clark has his contract.

The program announced a five-year extension for its head football coach Tuesday afternoon. The school's Board of Regents is expected to formally approve the contract over teleconference Wednesday.

The move is an important one the school needed to make in its efforts to revive its program in time for the 2017 season.

"The university looks forward to the next phase of UAB Football. We will continue raising philanthropic support needed for facilities and will move forward with our plan to play a complete FBS schedule as a full member of Conference USA in 2017," UAB AD Mark Ingram said in a statement. "I am as happy as our fans, alumni, donors and community that Bill Clark will continue to be our coach. This is another day of celebration for UAB, with many more to come."

Said Clark: "My family and I want to thank UAB, Mark Ingram, Dr. Ray Watts and the Board of Trustees for their commitment to me as UAB's head football coach. We are doing this and doing it right - today's announcement sends that message loud and clear."

Clark led UAB to a 6-6 mark a year ago in his first season at the school, before the program was cancelled in December and then resurrected in June. The program will sit out the 2015 and 2016 seasons before rejoining Conference USA in 2017.