UAB President Ray Watts speaks during a news conference, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. Watts is bringing the football program back. He told The Associated Press that he decided on Monday, June 1, 2015, to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters continued through the weekend. He says donors have pledged to make up the estimated $17.2 million deficit over the next five years if football is restored. Monday, June 1, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back as early as 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive.

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