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Rise With Us: Robert Wimberly

April 24, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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2018 Football Season Tickets

With the spring football season now behind the Flames, the Liberty Football program has turned its full attention to the 2018 season, the program's first at the FBS level.

During the next several weeks, LibertyFlames.com will run a series of interviews with coaches, players and school administrators talking about Liberty's FBS transition process.

Robert Wimberly is no stranger to Liberty, as his addition to Turner Gill's coaching staff in January 2012 marked the beginning of his second stint as an assistant coach with the Flames.

Wimberly previously worked on Liberty's staff for five seasons (2004-08) before he joined Gill's at Buffalo in 2009 to coach the Bulls' linebackers. He also followed Gill to Kansas for two season (2010-11) before returning to Liberty.

Since his return to the Flames, Wimberly has had 30 players receive all-conference accolades and the program's first-ever conference Defensive Player of the Year award in Chima Uzowihe in 2015. Additionally, the defensive lineman was also named a finalist for the 2015 STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year award and STATS FCS and Associated Press All-America second teams.

Since joining Gill's staff, Wimberly has been instrumental in helping Liberty win four Big South titles (2012-14, 2016) and earning the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2014, setting the stage for Liberty's FBS transition process.

Rise With Us: The Process

On Feb. 16, 2017, the NCAA approved Liberty's waiver request to begin the two-year FBS reclassification process. Liberty completed its final season as a FCS program in 2017, playing as a member of the Big South Conference.

During the 2018 season, Liberty will compete as a FBS independent program and will not be eligible for postseason competition. At the conclusion of the two-year transition process, Liberty will be a full-fledged FBS program in 2019, which will include the opportunity to compete for bowl game appearances.

The Flames will host their first FBS home game against Old Dominion on Sept. 1, 2018, the first of four FBS teams to visit Williams Stadium in 2018 to meet the FBS reclassification criteria. The 2018 home schedule also features FBS matchups against North Texas (Sept. 22), Troy (Oct. 13) and New Mexico State (Nov. 24).

Fans who purchased season tickets by the priority deadline of May 15 will have priority for seat assignments. For more information about becoming a season ticket holder, please contact the Flames Ticket Office at (434) 582-SEAT (7328) or tickets@liberty.edu.

Fans can support Liberty Football and enjoy special game-day privileges by joining the Flames Club. The Flames Club exists to underwrite Liberty Athletics' three-fold mission to train Champions for Christ, provide a world-class student-athlete experience and achieve victory with integrity.

Flames Club membership starts at just $60 and members can enjoy preferred parking, seating and pregame hospitality benefits, based upon membership level.

For more information about west (red) reserved benchback seats, west (blue) premium chairback seats, west club seats or future loge box seats, call 434-582-CLUB (2582), email FlamesClub@liberty.edu, or visit www.LibertyFlames.com/FlamesClub.

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