Busted brackets: UAB inspires fans looking for something to cheer about

The football program was shut down over three months ago

UAB guard Denzell Watts acknowledges the fans as he and his team celebrate their win over Iowa State in an NCAA tournament second round college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, March 19, 2015. UAB won the game 60-59. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (MEDIA GENERAL/WIAT/AP) – They did it with just one point to spare. And, in locking up with first big upset of the NCAA tournament, the UAB Blazers showed that every last bit of effort counts.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham came into the tourney as a 14 seed. They beat ninth-ranked Iowa State 60-59 Thursday afternoon and busted many a fans’ bracket. Lots of people had Iowa State well past the Sweet Sixteen.

UAB fans drove hours to see their team play and to support a movement called Free UAB. They want UAB to bring back football. The program was shut down more than three months ago.

Before Thursday’s game, Blazers’ coach Jerod Haase said, “We can be a source of positive feelings and maybe a unifying source right now, at a time when there’s been a lot of divisive things going on.”

Former UAB basketball players chimed in: 

Support also came in from former UAB football players as well:

Even the “Voice of the SEC” had nothing but kind words for the Blazers:

And an NFL Insider summed up what the UAB win meant to most of the country:

Other UAB athletic and academic accounts gave a shout-out to the team:

And gave you a glimpse at what people were doing in class today:

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