I caught something interesting on the news this morning. John Rogers was on Fox 6 talking about a series of bills he's going to introduce in the next Legislative session in order to separate UAB from the UA system. Now normally UAB isn't worthy of discussion around here, but the idea of actually separating UAB from UA has consequences beyond just sports. Obviously, the catalyst for all this is the UA system denying UAB an on-campus football stadium. The people over there seem to think they are being held back. There's video in the link below of the interview with Rogers and he says that the UA system "player hates" UAB. It makes you wonder how some of these people from the Bham area keep getting elected, but I digress....
Anyway, do you think this all has a realistic chance of coming to fruition and even if it doesn't do you think it's a good idea? I won't pretend to know all the ins and outs of this, but I'm not so sure this wouldn't be the best thing for UA itself. I think UA officials have wanted to build an on-campus medical school for a while now and I think that's one of the reasons they were interested in buying the Bryce property. That could also do wonders for the prestige of UA itself and lead to a lot of new grant money and new students. That could also be a very good thing for Tuscaloosa and that just happens to be my hometown so I might be more interested in this than others.
And if UAB can separate themselves and fund their own stadium(at some point into the next century of course) then maybe we'll hear a lot less whining over there. Birmingham has been on its way down for quite some time and its possible a lot of their jobs and resources dedicated to the medical school could get shifted to UA itself and by proxy Tuscaloosa. They've pretty much screwed up everything else that they have going for them up there already so why not that too?