- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are supporting a $25 fee to help fund the reinstatement of UAB football.

The once-a-semester fee approved by students Wednesday also will help bankroll the resumption of the school’s bowling and rifle programs.

Students agreed to the fee hike in a campus election. About 84 percent of the undergraduate voters supported the new charge.

The fee increase will provide about $700,000 annually for football and the other two sports.

School administrators cited budget problems last year in killing the programs, but they reversed themselves following campus protests. UAB President Ray Watts remains in office despite no-confidence votes that followed his decision to end the programs.

UAB football resumes playing games in 2017.

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