UAB expected to hire Trent Dilfer: Super Bowl-winning QB a surprising target to lead Blazers, per reports


According to multiple reports, UAB is expected to hire former Super Bowl winning quarterback Trent Dilfer as its next coach. Dilfer recently completed his fourth season as the head coach of Lipscomb Academy, a private high school in Nashville, Tennessee, which has a 38-8 record under his leadership.

Dilfer played 14 years in the NFL for five different franchises from 1994 to 2007. He won a Super Bowl as quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 and earned a Pro Bowl nomination while leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1997. Prior to the NFL earned Dilfer the Sammy Baugh Trophy as the best passer in America after throwing for 3,799 yards, 30 touchdowns and five interceptions as a signal caller at Fresno State.

After his NFL retirement, Dilfer entered the media as an analyst for ESPN and Fox. He is also heavily involved in the annual Elite 11 quarterback competition, which brings together the top high school quarterback recruits in the country each year.

While Lipscomb Academy is a highly competitive team developing numerous FCS prospects, Dilfer has no experience coaching at the collegiate level. In fact, his four-year stint with Lipscomb is his only experience coaching organized team football at any level.

Dilfer has worked closely with players as a quarterback coach, but only as an individual coach. If Dilfer gets the UAB job, convincing two-year starter Dylan Hopkins and Baylor transfer Jacob Zeno to stay out of the transfer portal would net him a talented group of signal callers he could work with in Year 1.

Different was criticized in 2021 after a video went viral of him shoving a player. He later apologized for the incident. FootballScoop first reported that he and UAB were discussing the position.

Should Dilfer be hired, he would be stark under contract with UAB’s last full-time coach, Bill Clark. Prior to joining South Alabama in 2008 as a defensive coordinator, Clark had 18 years of experience as a high school football coach in Alabama and Georgia.

Clark went 11-4 in a single season at Jacksonville State in 2013 before being hired at UAB, where he led the Blazers to a 6-6 record before the program shut down. Clark then led an effort to revive UAB football, which succeeded when the program was reinstated in 2017. Despite almost completely rebuilding the program, Clark led the Blazers to five consecutive winning seasons and two Conference USA championships (2018, 2020). He was also named the CBS Sports Coach of the Year twice and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year in 2018.

Clark, 54, resigned before the 2022 season because of back problems. His offensive coordinator, Bryan Vincent, took over as interim coach and led UAB to a 6-6 record.

After the season, Blazers players wrote a letter to UAB president Ray Watts in an effort to get him to keep Vincent as permanent coach. Watts declined to meet with players for their input while seeking coaching.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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