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Football 2014 Mid-Year Review: Coach Gill
During the Flames' annual bye week, the Liberty Flames Sports Network has review the first half of the 2014 football season, concluding today with head coach Turner Gill's comments.
During the first half of his third season at Liberty, Gill led the Flames to the program's second shutout in as many years and the 23rd overall in program history with a 17-0 victory at Norfolk State on Sept. 6.
Two weeks later on Sept. 20, Liberty won its third game in a row, knocking off No.25 Bryant at Williams Stadium. The win was the Flames' third under Gill against a top 25 ranked program and the 14th overall in program history.
Gill also helped the Flames face a pair of FBS programs, including the school's first-ever matchup against a ranked FBS team (No. 23 North Carolina to open the season on Aug. 30).
Liberty closed out the non-conference portion of its 2014 schedule with a 55-48 overtime victory against Appalachian State, last Saturday, at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The win was the third in program history over an FBS programs (also Eastern Michigan in 1989 and Ball State in 2010), as the Mountaineers are in their first full season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
In two seasons with the Flames, Gill has led Liberty to back-to-back shared conference titles and a 9-2 overall record in Big South contests.
Gill's first Big South victory came against Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, 2012, when Liberty rallied for a 42-35 win over the Runnin' Bulldogs at Williams Stadium.
During its last seven Big South opening games, Liberty is 6-1 and has outscored opponents by an average of 21.4 points per game (46.3 average points scored per game/24.9 average points allowed per game).
The Flames' lone Big South opening loss during the last seven games was a 55-52 double overtime setback to No. 4 Coastal Carolina, last year, on Oct. 19.
Liberty had its last full practice of the week yesterday afternoon, followed by days off for the players today and tomorrow. Liberty will begin its game week preparation for next week's contest against Gardner-Webb with a light practice on Sunday afternoon and a full practice on Tuesday.