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Barber Withdraws from Consideration at LSU
Barber's name was part of a select list a national search committee released last week for consideration for the soon-to-be vacant position.
"I have withdrawn my name from any further consideration for the position of Director of Athletics at Louisiana State University," stated Barber. "I am honored by the interest expressed to me by a quality institution like LSU, but even more, I am excited that the growing foundations of academic and athletic excellence which characterize Liberty Athletics are being recognized on the national level.
"The reasons for my decision today are simple. I am blessed to serve as Director of Athletics at this wonderful University. Two years ago, at the request of Dr. Jerry Falwell, my family and I came to Lynchburg to do our part to help build this athletics program into something special. I believe great strides have been made in this area over the past 24 months.
"My desire is to continue building the platforms of excellence and integrity that exemplify our department and Liberty University. In that regard, I look forward to the challenges, opportunities and successes that lie ahead of us as we move toward fulfilling the dream Dr. Falwell set before us."
Barber has just started his third year at Liberty, since he was named as the 10th Director of Athletics at the University on Jan. 23, 2006.
Since his arrival on Liberty Mountain, Barber has spearheaded a thriving Athletics Department. He has secured the hires of such nationally renowned coaches as Ritchie McKay (men's basketball) and Jim Toman (baseball). He just directed the program through the most successful fall season in Liberty history, which included five conference championships and an individual national champion.