"Rumors are buzzing about significant changes in Athletics. Please do not pay heed to rumors. The
Athletic Department, as every other department, is going through their strategic plan process to reach for excellence. As in every other department, we are utilizing data-driven strategic processes to discuss which areas we want to invest in. We would like to focus on 1 or 2 programs to grow to be nationally competitive and to have a balanced budget. We appreciate what Athletics brings to the table; we are proud of our athletics and do not consider them a lower priority. No decisions have been made yet as the department has just begun their process."
Ray L. Watts to UAB Faculty Senate, 11 November 2014
UPDATE: More evidence has emerged that Watts is lying, and the decision to eliminate UAB football was premeditated, not the result of a study:
From SACS Principles of Accreditation:
From SACS Principles of Accreditation: 3.2.11 The institution’s chief executive officer has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over, the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program. (Control of intercollegiate athletics)