UAB season ends after South Carolina withdraws from bowl game, no other opponent found


HUNTINGTON, WV – DECEMBER 18: UAB Blazers players celebrate after defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd 22-13 in the Conference USA Championship at Joan C. Edwards Stadium on December 18, 2020 in Huntington, West Virginia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (12/22): UAB’s football season has come to an end after their opponent for the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl dropped out and no other matchups could be made.

The Blazers finish 2020 with a 6-3 record and winning the Conference USA Championship for the second time in three years.

“The current environment has presented many challenges,” said Union Home Mortgage Executive Director Scott Glaser. “We looked into a number of options for UAB, but ultimately could not identify any opportunities for them to play at this time. We are appreciative of the many supporters in the community, including our new title sponsor – Union Home Mortgage, and look forward to staging the game in 2021.”

Tickets that were purchased for the game will be automatically refunded.

ORIGINAL (12/22): South Carolina’s 2-8 football team won’t be going to a bowl game after pausing team activities due to the novel coronavirus.

The Gamecocks were set to play UAB in the Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa, Florida on Saturday. Instead, the school announced Tuesday it was ending its season.

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner had contacted the bowl and the Southeastern Conference office about the Gamecocks not being able to play. Tanner said the combination of positive COVID-19 tests plus necessary contact tracing made it impossible to compete.

UAB Athletic Director Mark Ingram released a statement on the Blazers chances of playing abowl game this season.

“ESPN and Conference USA are actively working to find a new opponent. Our team has earned the opportunity and privilege to play,” Ingram said.

UAB had four games canceled due to COVID-19 this season. The team finished 6-3 and won the Conference USA title for the second time in three years.

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