UAB coach fears for program

UAB coach Bill Clark said Sunday he believes the school's football program is about to be shut down.

"I think it's going to happen," said Clark, who led UAB to a 6-6 record in his first season at the school. "Unless something changes before the weekend ends, I think it's over. I think the odds are very high it ends this week. To shut the doors? That's sad."

Clark has been in contact with school and Conference USA officials as recently as Sunday. UAB commissioned a university-wide strategic planning initiative to evaluate things like fiscal feasibility.

Discussions have also taken place between athletic director Brian Mackin and the school on a separation agreement, sources told ESPN.

UAB exceeded expectations and improved dramatically on the field and in the NCAA's academic ratings. Clark had also succeeded in getting financial pledges from independent resources to help with much-needed improvements in areas like facilities.

But UAB wanted to move slow on any future commitments, including any contract extension for Clark.

"I feel for these players," Clark said "They committed to this school. And the fans. We've had some great support."

While UAB is hopeful to play at least one more time, a bowl game is not guaranteed.