John F. Rhodes, Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Garrick McGee is trying to give UAB's football program a big makeover.
The former Oklahoma quarterback and Arkansas offensive coordinator is preparing for his first season leading the Blazers. They have only three winning seasons since moving up to Division I-A, now the Football Bowl Subdivision, in 1996.
UAB has already renovated the football offices with fresh paint, carpet and a new player's lounge.
McGee says he's in the process of trying to change the program's culture. He's made the rounds of the state with numerous speaking engagements the past seven months.
His presence has already helped boost fan interest. UAB said Monday that season ticket purchases are up 54 percent from last year, and club level ticket sales have jumped 42 percent.
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