Bill Clark: Flattered by fan interest in UAB job, but focus is on JSU
by Al Muskewitz
amuskewitz@annistonstar.com
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Bill Clark went 11-4 at Jacksonville State. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Bill Clark went 11-4 at Jacksonville State. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
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JACKSONVILLE – Bill Clark was just coming out of a recruiting visit to a high school in the southern part of the state Thursday when his cell phone started buzzing off the hook. It kept buzzing and buzzing throughout the night and into the day Friday, even after he quit answering.

Clark, who just completed a successful first year as Jacksonville State’s head coach, has been mentioned on numerous fan and news websites as a potential candidate for the head coaching job at UAB.

The Blazers’ job opened Thursday when head coach Garrick McGee bolted after two seasons to become offensive coordinator at Louisville.

Clark said Friday he is flattered with the consideration, but at this time is committed to building the JSU program. He said there has been no contact between him and UAB officials.

“I don’t have anything to say about it,” he said. “I’ve had a hundred calls because somebody put something on a message board. Everything is going great here. We’re working our butts off.

“It’s flattering people think about us … for doing a good job … but I don’t know anything but what we’re doing here – and from our standpoint it couldn’t be going any better.”

It would understandable that Clark would be mentioned. He built a nationally recognized high school program in Prattville and just took Jacksonville State to the FCS quarterfinals in his first year as a college head coach.

The Gamecocks went 11-4, set numerous school, conference and national records, and finished as high as No. 10 in one of the final major polls. All indications are the team is having a strong recruiting season, which includes the addition of three Southeastern Conference transfers.

Clark just completed the first year of a five-year contract that at $175,000 annually makes him the third-highest paid head football coach in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Under the terms of the contract, his buyout in 2014 is $400,000. He would not be subject to the buyout only if he didn’t take another job in athletics or its promotion during the term of the deal, but he can resign without penalty only between the end of the season and Feb. 1.

Al Muskewitz covers Jacksonville State sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.

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