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    Default How the Football game ended up in Birmingham

    Why Birmingham became a refuge for teams affected by Hurricane Irma

    AB athletic director Mark Ingram says there are hardly any photos of him from before the age of 22, because a hurricane destroyed them.Florida International and Georgia Southern have both moved home games this weekend to Legion Field in Birmingham Ala., because Ingram wanted to do anything he could to help schools in the path of Hurricane Irma. When Ingram was a player at Tennessee in the mid-1990s, his parents lost nearly everything after their home in North Carolina was hit by two hurricanes.
    “Helpless, I was nine hours away,” Ingram told The All-American of that time. “They’re trying to move out their possessions, I’m not there to help, school had just started. It’s a lot going on.”
    Upon seeing a similar possibility this week in Florida, Ingram leapt at the opportunity to help. After a Conference USA athletic directors teleconference on Tuesday, Ingram texted FIU counterpart Pete Garcia. FIU had been looking at relocating all of its athletes to Atlanta. Instead, they’ll go to Birmingham and play a football game Friday night. The opponent, Alcorn State, bussed over from Mississippi. Other FIU sports teams will practice in the area, as well.

    Legion Field is owned by the City of Birmingham, so Ingram called the mayor’s office, UAB’s president, Ray Watts, and UAB football coach Bill Clark. Everyone was on board. Ingram’s staff found 150 hotel rooms for everyone coming in from FIU.
    Garcia said believed playing the game instead of cancelling it would help the spirits of everyone involved.
    “(Ingram) and his staff have been unbelievable,” Garcia told The All-American. “The University of Alabama-Birmingham has been unbelievable, and the city of Birmingham, to do everything they can to make us feel welcome. It’s not just one team.”
    Georgia Southern called for help next. Athletic director Tom Kleinlein quickly discovered Atlanta wouldn’t work for the Eagles, with so many people already heading to the city. Troy and Samford also offered help, but Ingram and his staff at UAB helped find another 150 hotel rooms in Birmingham. With FIU playing on Friday night, Georgia Southern’s game against New Hampshire will be played on Saturday.
    “Our team wanted to play it, our coach wanted to play it, and New Hampshire wanted to play it,” Kleinlein told The All-American. “They wanted to play this game, so I felt it was important to play it, if we could.”

    Although FIU’s and Georgia Southern’s athletes and staff have a place to go, they’re not sure when they’ll get to go back. When Rice’s football team left for Australia three weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey wasn’t on the radar. They couldn’t get back to Houston, and instead flew to Dallas to stay in Fort Worth and work out at TCU. Garcia says FIU is scheduled to stay in Birmingham through Monday.
    Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that devastated several Caribbean islands this week, is expected to directly hit South Florida as soon as Saturday afternoon.
    “The challenge is they don’t know how long they’re going to be here,” Ingram said. “It could be two days a or a month. I pray it won’t be a month, for everybody’s sake. It’s whenever the National Guard lets them back. There are a lot of unanswered questions. People are going to have to have flexibility. If their teams are practicing, it gives them something to do. I think it’s good all-around. We’re happy to do it.”

    https://theathletic.com/96528/2017/0...urricane-irma/
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    Default Re: How the Football game ended up in Birmingham

    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyBoy View Post
    Why Birmingham became a refuge for teams affected by Hurricane Irma

    AB athletic director Mark Ingram says there are hardly any photos of him from before the age of 22, because a hurricane destroyed them.Florida International and Georgia Southern have both moved home games this weekend to Legion Field in Birmingham Ala., because Ingram wanted to do anything he could to help schools in the path of Hurricane Irma. When Ingram was a player at Tennessee in the mid-1990s, his parents lost nearly everything after their home in North Carolina was hit by two hurricanes.
    “Helpless, I was nine hours away,” Ingram told The All-American of that time. “They’re trying to move out their possessions, I’m not there to help, school had just started. It’s a lot going on.”
    Upon seeing a similar possibility this week in Florida, Ingram leapt at the opportunity to help. After a Conference USA athletic directors teleconference on Tuesday, Ingram texted FIU counterpart Pete Garcia. FIU had been looking at relocating all of its athletes to Atlanta. Instead, they’ll go to Birmingham and play a football game Friday night. The opponent, Alcorn State, bussed over from Mississippi. Other FIU sports teams will practice in the area, as well.

    Legion Field is owned by the City of Birmingham, so Ingram called the mayor’s office, UAB’s president, Ray Watts, and UAB football coach Bill Clark. Everyone was on board. Ingram’s staff found 150 hotel rooms for everyone coming in from FIU.
    Garcia said believed playing the game instead of cancelling it would help the spirits of everyone involved.
    “(Ingram) and his staff have been unbelievable,” Garcia told The All-American. “The University of Alabama-Birmingham has been unbelievable, and the city of Birmingham, to do everything they can to make us feel welcome. It’s not just one team.”
    Georgia Southern called for help next. Athletic director Tom Kleinlein quickly discovered Atlanta wouldn’t work for the Eagles, with so many people already heading to the city. Troy and Samford also offered help, but Ingram and his staff at UAB helped find another 150 hotel rooms in Birmingham. With FIU playing on Friday night, Georgia Southern’s game against New Hampshire will be played on Saturday.
    “Our team wanted to play it, our coach wanted to play it, and New Hampshire wanted to play it,” Kleinlein told The All-American. “They wanted to play this game, so I felt it was important to play it, if we could.”

    Although FIU’s and Georgia Southern’s athletes and staff have a place to go, they’re not sure when they’ll get to go back. When Rice’s football team left for Australia three weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey wasn’t on the radar. They couldn’t get back to Houston, and instead flew to Dallas to stay in Fort Worth and work out at TCU. Garcia says FIU is scheduled to stay in Birmingham through Monday.
    Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that devastated several Caribbean islands this week, is expected to directly hit South Florida as soon as Saturday afternoon.
    “The challenge is they don’t know how long they’re going to be here,” Ingram said. “It could be two days a or a month. I pray it won’t be a month, for everybody’s sake. It’s whenever the National Guard lets them back. There are a lot of unanswered questions. People are going to have to have flexibility. If their teams are practicing, it gives them something to do. I think it’s good all-around. We’re happy to do it.”

    https://theathletic.com/96528/2017/0...urricane-irma/
    Ya see? How else could someone so 'not connected' with the other programs know so much...unless he was a double-naught spy. Your cover is blown, VB!


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    Quote Originally Posted by eagle#58 View Post
    Ya see? How else could someone so 'not connected' with the other programs know so much...unless he was a double-naught spy. Your cover is blown, VB!
    FINALLY!
    Quote Originally Posted by half-n-half View Post
    Atleast 7-5 with a legit shot at 8-4.

    Only chance of this team winning less than 6 games is if it's ravenged by injuries. Anybody predicting 4 wins or some crap like that is clueless. Post Arkansas St game is going to be fun around here to watch the crow being eaten. Heck, even post UNH is going to provide some fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagle#58 View Post
    Ya see? How else could someone so 'not connected' with the other programs know so much...unless he was a double-naught spy. Your cover is blown, VB!
    Just doing my part. Saw where story was posted on UAB's messageboard an just knew that I needed to share it with Eagle Nation. If that makes me a spy so be it.
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    Default Re: How the Football game ended up in Birmingham

    And who says we don't have a good AD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyBoy View Post
    Just doing my part. Saw where story was posted on UAB's messageboard an just knew that I needed to share it with Eagle Nation. If that makes me a spy so be it.
    He's triggered now... lol
    Quote Originally Posted by half-n-half View Post
    Atleast 7-5 with a legit shot at 8-4.

    Only chance of this team winning less than 6 games is if it's ravenged by injuries. Anybody predicting 4 wins or some crap like that is clueless. Post Arkansas St game is going to be fun around here to watch the crow being eaten. Heck, even post UNH is going to provide some fun.

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    Default Re: How the Football game ended up in Birmingham

    Thanks to Troy and Samford for also offering assistance.


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