BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Georgia offensive coordinator Neil
Callaway was hired Sunday as the football coach at UAB, which went
3-9 this season under Watson Brown.
Callaway, the third football coach in UAB history, received a
five-year contract and returns to the state where he once worked as
an assistant at Alabama and Auburn. Brown left Dec. 9 after 12
seasons to coach Tennessee Tech.
Georgia (8-4) practiced twice Saturday in preparation for the
Chick-fil-A Bowl. Callaway attended both sessions before traveling
to Birmingham. He will stay with Georgia through the bowl game.
UAB interim athletic director Richard Margison said at a news
conference Sunday that Callaway brings a "hard-nosed attitude,
both on the field and in the classroom." He added that Callaway
"knows how to win," and he expects the coach to strengthen the
Conference USA school.
Callaway said UAB has a solid foundation in creating and
developing a football program.
"I'm looking forward to building on what exists and taking it
farther than people can imagine," Callaway said. "There are many
people who are dedicated to this team, and that is so important in
building championships. We have some work to do to get where we
want to be, and where we expect to be in the very near future."
Callaway has been the offensive coordinator at Georgia the past
six seasons. He was the offensive line coach at Alabama in 1997 and
line coach and offensive coordinator from 1998-00.
Before joining the Crimson Tide, he was an assistant at Houston
from 1993-96. He was the longtime offensive line coach at Auburn
under Pat Dye from 1981-92.