It's the Monday after Thanksgiving, and Alabama won the battle, Auburn lost the battle, and UAB may have lost the war – but we're not sure about the latter just yet...
Weather: Some rain. Cloudy skies today with a 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon, and highs near 70. Rain chances continue around 20 percent tonight with lows in the middle 50s. More scattered showers in store for Tuesday with highs in the upper 60s.
The end for UAB football? Former Gardendale Rockets standout Jordan Howard set a new Blazers team record for most rushing yards in a single game and a single season by a running back, as UAB became bowl eligible with a 45-34 win at Southern Miss on Saturday. But it appears that Howard's records may stand permanently, as multiple media reports stated Sunday that the UAB football program may be shut down by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. ESPN quoted coach Bill Clark as saying the program would not likely survive through next week – a statement Clark later walked back via a Twitter message – while Sports Illustrated reported that athletic director Brian Mackin would be fired. Both reports sparked an impromptu rally by hundreds of of supporters on Sunday night organized via online social media, with another one to follow this morning at 8:30 in front of the school's administration building.
Pinson park project begins. Along with representatives of the contractor and architects, the mayor and council of Pinson officially broke ground Sunday on a new park, the largest municipal project by far in the city's short history. The new park will include a splash pad, amphitheater, meeting house, walking trail and disc golf course. If weather cooperates, Mayor Hoyt Sanders said the park should open by the end of next April.
Sports: Johnson canned. After Auburn's defense allowed 55 Alabama points in Saturday's record-breaking comeback Iron Bowl win by the Crimson Tide, Tigers defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was fired on Sunday. Johnson had been under fire for the latter half of the season, as Auburn lost four out of their last six SEC games and allowed 39 points and 483 yards per contest. ESPN reports that head coach Gus Malzahn has an eye on recently-fired Florida head coach Will Muschamp to take over the job.