UAB football coach Bill Clark is like many fans who are waiting for a clear sign that the college football season is on the horizon this year.
With less than 90 days until the start of the season, that sign will be next week when UAB players report for voluntary individual workouts and training. Clark said that will progress into the more familiar pre-season camp between now and August.
“I’m excited to get them back, even in small numbers right now,” Clark said.
It’s been a challenging few months for everyone because of the COVID-19 pandemic and football was not immune. It eliminated the normal spring training and spring football scrimmages for all collegiate teams, and officials from all schools and conferences have been weighing whether and how to proceed with preparations for a season that at one time seemed uncertain.
Clark said he is confident the plan UAB has in place is a good one and he has one of the premier institutions to draw on for medical expertise.
“Rule No. 1 has always been athlete safety, so this is not something new for us,” Clark said. “Obviously, the COVID crisis was something new for us to deal with. The support of our athletic trainers obviously being at UAB with the medical school helps.”