Friday, December 16, 2011

Liberty University introduces Turner Gill as coach

Kansas head coach Turner Gill and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops have a laugh prior to kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas head coach Turner Gill and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops have a laugh prior to kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Kivisto Field.


Former Kansas coach Turner Gill was introduced as the new coach of Liberty University on Thursday. And he might not be the only member of the 2011 KU coaching staff that ends up there.

Gill was asked Thursday about which of his assistants might end up with him at Liberty — an FCS school in Lynchburg, Va.

“There will be some people from the staff there at the University of Kansas,” Gill said during his introductory news conference. “So I want to take my time just a little bit more to get that all right, because that’s going to be very, very important.”

NCAA rules state that if college players transfer from an FBS school to an FCS school, they are eligible to participate without sitting out a year. That means if any KU players were to follow Gill to Liberty, they would be able to play for him next season.

Liberty’s website describes the school as “the largest private non-profit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world.”

Gill wasn’t afraid to talk about faith during Thursday’s news conference, where he was greeted with a standing ovation.

“It will be our mission to this program to build championships through Christ by preparing young men academically, athletically and spiritually,” Gill said. “It is a great time to be a Liberty Flame, and it is time to leap forward to have an unparalleled future.”

Gill replaces Danny Rocco, who was announced as Richmond’s new coach on Dec. 6.

“I really believe Turner Gill is a perfect fit for Liberty,” LU chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said. “His Christian faith is exactly what new recruits would expect to see at Liberty, and his background, his experience is at the level where we want to go.”

Gill, who finished with a 5-19 record during his two seasons as KU before being fired on Nov. 27, enters a program that is accustomed to success. Liberty finished with a 7-4 record this season, which was actually the team’s lowest win total since 2006.

The Flames won four straight Big South conference titles from 2007 through 2010.

Falwell Jr. also announced Thursday that the school would be conducting a feasibility study to determine if LU should jump from FCS to FBS. That study should be completed in February or March.

More on Weis contract

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis, who joked about having nose-bleed seats at Allen Fieldhouse last year, won’t have to worry about that problem as long as he coaches at KU.

As part of his contract, Weis will be given, at no cost, six tickets to each men’s and women’s basketball home game. Those seats, according to his contract, “will be located on the lower level of Allen Fieldhouse between the free throw lines.”

Weis also will receive up to six complimentary tickets for each KU conference tournament game and NCAA Tournament game.

Some other benefits in Weis’ contract include:

• The use of two automobiles;

• A $2 million life-insurance policy;

• Reasonable travel expenses for his wife and two children while attending KU road football games;

• Up to 50 tickets for home KU football games, with seats required to be between the 35-yard lines on the west side of Memorial Stadium;

• Up to 10 tickets for road games and 20 for bowl games;

• A scholarship suite in Memorial Stadium;

• A membership to Lawrence Country Club.


ahpersecoachingexperience 6 years, 5 months ago

I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-shirt. 'Cause it says like, I wanna be formal but I’m here to party too. I like to party, so I like my Jesus to party.

Gary Wirsig 6 years, 5 months ago

I think man was made in God's image, not the other way around. Know you're joking, but seriously...

Arthur Hess 6 years, 5 months ago

Let's hope he remembers to focus on academics this time.

TwistedFish31 6 years, 5 months ago

The picture caption should read "Hey Gill, see that scoreboard, we're going to light that sucker up!"

Hawk007 6 years, 5 months ago

No, it's "Turner, see that person way up there? He actually BELIEVES you have a chance."

nuleafjhawk 6 years, 5 months ago

Or - " Your next employer is going to be about 1,000 miles that way "

Mike Ardis 6 years, 5 months ago

At $400-$450K Gil's probably more in his pay range this time, although you throw in what KU's paying him and overall he's making Charlie money. First sign of worry, noticed Gil may switch to the 4-3 defense even though Liberty had success (15-7) with 3-4, 3-5-3 over the last two years. Can his players make the switch?

garyr 6 years, 5 months ago

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KStoCAHippie 6 years, 5 months ago

The title should read: "Pretend Football coach hired by pretend university to work beside other pretend 'professionals' like now 'Professor' (disbarred) Phil Kline."

Eh, I guess it's not as catchy...

Bangkok_Jayhawk 6 years, 5 months ago

Classy... I love how you found a way to bash on Christians and Republicans on a sports site.

KStoCAHippie 6 years, 5 months ago

I mentioned neither religion nor political affiliation there buddy, YOU added that. For all you know I might be both christian AND a Republican (you know, there were once these people called 'fiscal conservatives' before "W", Sarah Palin and Co. showed up...).

If I have no respect for Liberty "University" (a low ranking joke of a school) or Phil Kline and consider Gill a thief... welp, those are my opinions to express.

Randy Bombardier 6 years, 5 months ago

Wow. Since they do not have to sit out, I imagine quite a few players will at least think about it.

kellerman411 6 years, 5 months ago

I hope that a lot of the KU players who should have been FCS all along, follow Turner Gill to wherever the he#! it is he's going. We have some people who belong in the Big 12, but many who don't. I would rather CW fill it with whatever he can scrounge together last minute.

ltownatrain 6 years, 5 months ago

Well apparently Jordan Webb is probably gone if this statement from the South Bend Tribune is correct

"As for Kansas redshirt sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb, essentially a two-year incumbent starter, Weis reportedly told the 6-foot, 195-pounder he didn’t fit into the Jayhawks’ new offensive system and advised him to transfer."

So if that's true there's 1 of the 10 that Weis said would likely transfer.

ltownatrain 6 years, 5 months ago

Also I forgot to add that liberty from what I remember is pretty strict....stricter than even Gill was during his time at KU, so I'm not sure how many current players will follow him given the schools stance on many issues and their rules and policies.

kellerman411 6 years, 5 months ago

Heres an update on Dayne Crist. Sounds like a decision could come out tonight or tomorrow morning. CW went to South Bend again wednesday to follow up on the visit last weekend.

Brian Conrad 6 years, 5 months ago

Really do wish Gill well.. sounds like good match. Does this not effect how much KU has to pay out? many coaching buyouts have an option / buyout? where if the coach finds another job .. the university helps in the process and for a lower payout.. would think KU would recieve something on buyout.. if not why pay in full ?

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