UAB fell to disappointing 1-4 after losing 37-23 in Saturday's conference opener. The Blazers are giving up close to 500 yards on defense, and that has prompted a change from head coach Garrick McGee. "After five games of the season we are giving up 481 yards per game, we are last in defense in Conference USA and those numbers are not acceptable," McGee said on Monday. "Effective immediately Jimmy Williams, our assistant head coach, is going to take over responsibility of defensive coordinator. I have a lot of faith in Jimmy."
"They're a lot of people that say that there's no way that we can pull this off, that there's no evidence that this place is going to be a successful program." "It was a massage to them (players) that I'm not ever going to give in, if I don't see things going well, I'm going to make changes."
Still though, McGee believes his program is moving in the right direction. "So many people who are really down about us losing games. When we lost to Vanderbilt, an SEC team that has been to bowl games, I felt our fan base was down. That showed me that the expectations of the program are growing. We don't expect to lose games like we lost to Vanderbilt. We definitely don't expect to lose games on our home field against FAU regardless of what has happened with our past record against FAU. We expect to do well, and our fan base expects to win."
Will the defensive changes make a difference? We'll find out on Saturday when the Blazers head south to play Florida International at 6:30 p.m. on CSS.
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