Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Expected to Take UAB Job Despite Players Urging Current Interim Coach to Stay: Reports
According to multiple reports, Trent Dilfer, who quarterbacked the Baltimore Ravens during their Super Bowl run in 2000, is expected to be hired as the next head coach of UAB, despite players wanting the school to keep Bryant Vincent.
Dilfer has coached Lipscomb Academy in Tennessee for the last four years, leading the school to three state championship games, including one against Christ Presbyterian Academy on Thursday night. He has no prior experience as a college coach.
UAB was first reported to be interested in Dilfer by Football Scoop. According to ESPN, a deal has yet to be finalized, but the two parties are expected to reach an agreement within the next few days.
Dilfer has spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco 49ers. In his lone season with the Ravens, he went 7-1 as a starter. He was a Buccaneers Pro Bowler in 1997.
The potential move comes months after Bill Clark resigned due to health issues. Vincent took over as interim coach and guided UAB to a 6-6 record. Earlier Tuesday, UAB players wrote to the president, criticizing the coaching search and urging Vincent to stay.
— Fish McWilliams (@fish_mcwilliams) November 29, 2022
Blazer’s defensive lineman Fish McWilliams tweeted the letter to school president Ray Watts.
“As players and as a team, we want our voices to be heard. We are entitled to be heard! We have represented this program and University by creating something unique here. Coach Vincent has our support and we want him to be our head coach “In part, the letter was read.
“President Watts and I are extremely proud of our UAB Football program and the hardworking student-athletes, coaches, and staff who have led us to our seventh consecutive season of bowl eligibility,” the statement said.
“To find our next head football coach, I am leading a national search with a committee representing the UAB community. I’ve been aware of the team members’ desires and appreciate their perspectives, which have been taken into account as we work to complete the search.”