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Booster show up to support the ‘Change in Direction’
In a sea of Green and Gold, it’s not hard to pick out some major players from UAB’s sports program. That was surely the case Wednesday night as Coach McGee gathered his fans and staff into Bartow’s Green and Gold room to announce his new recruits for the upcoming season. Waves of fans poured in, young and old, to see who made the cut as the UAB band played away and Blaze danced to the beat. But something was different as the coaches and players entered the room.
Coach McGee, with a smile on his face, strutted to the front of the room before making the band stop playing altogether. It was time for the team to “change directions”, said McGee, “We’re at a fork in the road.” At this point the ever positive coach told the band to begin playing again, and this time to put more intensity into the sound, “as if it were the last time you’d be blowing that trumpet.”, he seemed to command to them.
The feeling that then came from the shining instruments can be described as the true spirit of UAB. With loud blaring trumpets and a beating drum to match, everyone in the room, the colorful fans and coaches were all connected mentally for the time that the UAB fight song rung throughout the room. This is exactly what Head Coach Garrick wanted. This is what he would describe this season to be, an intense and booming Blazer fire interconnected throughout the entire programs outlets, much more than just a game, and the fans could feel it. That energy that was present in the room wasn’t really the same energy from the Blazers’ last 3-9 season, but that’s a good thing. From the looks of it, Coach McGee is intent on taking some, if not all, of the wins this upcoming season.
McGee’s positivity could be seen in his comparison to other teams in recruitment. He told the room that he was proud of where the football program stood when it came to morals and that he was proud of his staff because they “never compromised our [the teams] principles. We don’t want to play like that,” spoke the fearful, but fair Coach. That is what Coach McGee hopes is the team’s outlook for this season.
“We were looking to get taller, more athletic, and much faster as a football team, and our guys did a good job of going after that,” was how Coach McGee described the team for this season, once again smiling to the crowd. He evidently truly believes in the program.
Though football’s past has not always been bright for the university, McGee doesn’t seem to allow those losses to enter his winning stream. They only stick around in his mind as something he hopes to avoid this season. This is the most positive side of McGee we’ve seen yet, and he knows that the only direction for this team to head is up.