By Associated Press - Friday, December 5, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Protests over the shutdown of UAB’s football program have moved to the basketball court.

Students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham dressed in black to show their disapproval of the decision during UAB’s basketball game against Morehead State on Thursday night.

The football team walked on to the floor during halftime to chants of “We want football.” And bumper stickers calling for the firing of UAB President Ray Watts were handed out by some.

Students with signs also filled the court after the game.

Watts says the school will save $49 million over five years by eliminating football. He says that will allow UAB to concentrate more on academic priorities and other sports including basketball.

The women’s rifle and bowling programs also are being eliminated.

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