BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - U-A-B hired Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway -- a one-time assistant at Alabama and Auburn -- as its head football coach today.
The 51-year-old Callaway is the third head football coach in U-A-B history. He succeeds Watson Brown, who left December ninth after 12 seasons to run the program at Tennessee Tech.
Georgia practiced twice yesterday in preparation for its Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance. Callaway attended both practice sessions before traveling to Birmingham.
At an afternoon news conference today, interim athletics director Richard Margison said Callaway brings a "hard-nosed attitude, both on the field and in the classroom." He said Callaway also "knows how to win," and he expects the coach will move the Division One-A Conference U-S-A Blazers forward. Callaway said U-A-B has a solid foundation in creating and developing a football program.
Callaway said -- quote -- "I'm looking forward to building on what exists and taking it farther than people can imagine. There are many people who are dedicated to this team, and that is so important in building championships.
We have some work to do to get where we want to be, and where we expect to be in the very near future."