College football coach retires due to health issues

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A top college football head coach has just made a surprising announcement. Friday, UAB head football coach Bill Clark announced his retirementstarting August 1. The 53-year-old has revealed he is stepping away from the game due to health and wellness issues caused by back problems which will require spinal fusion. Offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Bryant Vincent will serve as the team’s interim head coach.

“It’s time. Knowing that doesn’t make it any easier,” Clark wrote on his Twitter account. “Retiring as head coach of UAB is the most difficult decision I have ever had to make, but my future health and well-being depend on it. I made this decision after consulting a number of world-class medical experts and much family discussion, reflection and prayer.Due to long-standing back issues that have become increasingly debilitating over the past year, I have been told that I needed a spinal infusion.

Clark has served as UAB’s head coach since 2014. The team did not play in 2015 and 2016 because school president Ray L. Watts shut down the program to save money. During his six seasons at UAB, Clark posted a 49-26 record and led the Blazers to five bowl games. Additionally, Clark led UAB to two USA West Conference titles and two Conference USA championships. He was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2017 and won the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award in 2018.

“As for me, I’m resigning, but I’m not leaving,” he said. “UAB football, the university and the city of Birmingham mean too much to me. My roots and my heart are here, and they will stay here. My future is not entirely clear, but I will remain active in causes that things I hold dear, including the Children’s Harbor football game and the CoachSafely Foundation.I will be a champion for UAB and Birmingham, doing what I can to advance their incredible progress.

Prior to landing the UAB job, Clark was Jacksonville State’s coach in 2013 and led the team to the FCS quarterfinals after going 11-4. From 1999 to 2007, Clark was the head coach of Prattville High School in Alabama and led the team to back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 2007.

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