It’s not hyperbole to say that perhaps no athletic director in the country has had a more eventful first few weeks on the job than Mark Ingram, UAB’s current Athletic Director. Hired to be the new head of the Blazers’ athletic department on May 2nd of this year, Ingram had been on the job less than three weeks when the school announced on June 1st that it would be reinstating football, reversing its prior decision in December of 2014 to disband the program. Almost immediately, Ingram became the face of a herculean, virtually unprecedented task: rebuilding an FBS football program almost entirely from the ground up.
Naturally, we at College AD were extremely excited when Mark Ingram agreed to a conversation with us concerning his time at UAB thus far. Candid and engaging, Ingram projects a palpable excitement about the prospect of UAB’s football future and his leadership role in this endeavor. We invite you to listen to our discussion with Ingram, as he addresses such topics as the questions he had while interviewing for the UAB job; some misconceptions regarding how UAB will fund the football program going forward; the Blazers’ future in Conference USA; and why the timeline of UAB’s return to the gridiron must be guided by what’s in the best interests of the student athlete.
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Mark Ingram Interview Transcript
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