This underscores the reality in Division I-A college football in 2009. There are the haves (Alabama, for example) and the have-nots (UAB). Even though UAB is classified a I-A team, it's not.
As Tim Stephens pointed out last week in the Orlando Sentinel's College Gridiron 365, UAB is one of 32 non-Bowl Championship Series teams that spent less on its entire program in 2007-08 ($5.3 million) than Alabama will spend on its coaching staff this season ($6.5 million).
Stephens writes: "The richest conferences don't want to share their loot; the poorest ones are more desperate for it than ever. That means two agendas that cannot coexist as current economic trends go.
"A showdown is coming, as I told you about this time last year. The only questions are how far both sides are willing to push and what they are willing to risk."
More photos from UAB scrimmage are below. To see all of Greg's images, click here.