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Game On Feature: Gill Discusses FBS Plans Inside Practice Facility

March 15, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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A few weeks removed from Liberty announcing the NCAA had approved its FBS reclassification waiver, Game On's Matt Warner had a chance to visit with Flames Head Coach Turner Gill.

Warner conducted the interview inside of Liberty's new $29 million indoor football practice facility. The building, set to open in June, will give the Flames a full-size indoor football practice field, plus end zones, with a 70-foot ceiling clearance.

During the interview, Warner and Gill discuss what the future holds for the football program following the Feb. 16 announcement that allows Liberty to begin the two year FBS reclassification process.

Liberty University submitted the waiver with the NCAA in January, requesting relief to enter into the two-year FBS reclassification process without an invitation to join a FBS conference.

The NCAA waiver approval was based upon Liberty providing substantial information demonstrating its readiness to begin the reclassification process, Liberty's ability to follow current FBS institutions who have demonstrated viability without a conference affiliation and the university's ability to satisfy FBS requirements.

Starting with the 2017-18 academic year, Liberty's football program will begin the two-year FBS reclassification process.

Liberty will compete as a FBS independent during the 2018 season, which includes having three FBS home games. The football program will be bowl eligible starting with the 2019 season and will be required to play at least five home FBS opponents.