Today marks two weeks since UAB President Ray Watts announced his decision -- and apparently his decision alone, with no support or input from anyone at UAB -- to kill UAB football, rifle and bowling. Since that time, the voices calling for him to step down, step aside and/or revisit his decision have grown exponentially.
Watts, however, refuses to budge and continues to double-down on his decision. He was a colossal embarrassment at Saturday's graduation ceremonies, refusing to fulfill is mandated role as University president, and despite being listed as a participant in the programs, sat with his head hung in shame while surrounded by body guards. Hell, he didn't even show up for the doctoral ceremony at noon. If that's not the sign of a spineless leader, I don't know what is.
That said, here's a partial list with links to people condemning Watts and/or demanding his resignation:
UAB Faculty Senate considers no confidence vote for President Ray Watts
Past USGA presidents call for Watts to resign
19 past Mr. and Ms. UAB winners say Ray Watts' decision will destroy UAB
Nursing students call for vote of no confidence
Taking a stand on UAB - again: Birmingham City Council passes another resolution, councilwoman rips Watts
UAB decision reflects troubling secrecy trend at universities
Developers concerned over UAB football decision
Elements of Guile: Ray Watts tells UAB that 'mistakes were made'
Hoover mayor, council call for continuation of UAB football program
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)