Before leaving UAB for greener pastures (no pun intended) and an increased salary at Missouri, Mike Anderson created a sense of nostalgia within the Blazer men's basketball program.
Anderson's "Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball" produced four-straight postseason appearances (three NCAA berths and a berth in the NIT), which had not been done since the days of the late legendary Gene Bartow.
Mike Davis, an Alabama native and former University of Alabama basketball player, took over the program after Anderson's departure.
Davis brought Robert Vaden with him from Indiana and later gained a host of other transfers from Division I programs, but the team only ended up with three NIT appearances. The Blazers did, however, shockingly get in the NCAA tournament last year based off of winning the Conference USA regular season championship. UAB lost to Clemson in a "First Four" game.
This season, the Blazers finished 15-16 (9-7, C-USA).
UAB athletic director Brian Mackin recently decided to let Davis go due to "poor ticket sales and attendance."
Mackin will not be able to lure a big-name coach to Birmingham even with the C-USA and Mountain West merger mainly because he does not have the funds available to make it a reality.
So I have compiled a list of candidates who they can not only afford, but those who could possibly be a good fit and get the program back on track.