UAB Blazers

Column: UAB celebrates its return, but tough issues remain

Welcome back, UAB.

Now, the real work begins.

For the Blazers, and so many other programs on the fringes of supposedly major-college football, it's hard to envision a scenario where this all works out in the long run. There's a dark cloud that still looms somewhere off in the distance, a tab that will come due — and some schools, inevitably, won't be able to pay up.

In Birmingham, at least, those are issues for another day.

This is a time of celebration, sort of like the honeymoon for a second marriage. The Blazers were extinguished after the 2014 season, a seemingly rash decision that set off a firestorm of protest. A few months later, the UAB administration...