UAB's Brown gives up AD duties to focus on football

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB football coach Watson Brown is
giving up his duties as athletic director.

University president Carol Z. Garrison said Tuesday that she and
Brown decided "football needed his undivided attention" after he
had served more than three years in a dual role.

"This allows Watson to focus solely on recruiting, evaluating
where the football program stands and putting into place the
elements necessary for a successful season next year," Garrison

Richard Margison, UAB's vice president for finance and
administration, will take over the responsibilities of running the
athletic department on an interim basis.

Garrison said the arrangement will last several months,
at least.

The Blazers, who made their first bowl game in 2004, had
expected to contend for another this season. But they finished 5-6
in Brown's 11th season as head coach.

Margison oversees all of the university's business operations
and facilities, and has worked closely with the athletics
department's leadership.

"I plan to be involved in the management of the athletic
department on a regular basis and to immerse myself quickly in this
role so that all of our coaches and staff have the support they
need to be successful," Margison said.