While most of Liberty's football focus is on the future direction of the program, this past weekend the athletics department celebrated the program's history with a football alumni weekend.
During a dinner on Friday night and Liberty's home opener against Morehead State on Saturday, former players and coaches were honored for the groundwork they have laid for Flames Football.
On Friday night, the Flames Club sponsored a football alumni weekend banquet on the Club Pavilion of the Williams Stadium Tower. Nearly 100 former players, coaches and administrators attended the event. Those in attendance represented all five decades of Liberty's football program, including members of Liberty's inaugural team in 1973.
Special recognition was given to Morgan Hout and Liberty's 2007 team. When Hout arrived as Liberty's head football coach in 1984, the team was a member of NCAA Division II. After four years of building the program, Hout ushered the team into the NCAA Division I ranks for his fifth and final season as head coach. That 1988 team posted an 8-3 record and finished the season as the 18th-ranked team in the nation.
Hout was named as the Virginia Sports Information Directors Coach of the Year and the Richmond Touchdown Club tabbed him as the Bobby Ross Coach of the Year. For laying the foundation that has allowed Liberty to move to the highest level of competition in the land, Liberty recognized Hout with the inaugural Foundation Award.
The Flames Club also recognized members of the 2007 team, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their 2007 Big South championship season. The 2007 team recorded a 4-0 mark in Big South play to post the program's first-ever conference title. The season culminated with a 31-0 victory over Gardner-Webb on Nov. 17 in Boiling Springs, N.C., sealing the program's first of eight Big South titles.
Coach Hout and members of the 2007 team were also honored during Liberty's 58-17 victory over Morehead State, Saturday evening, in front of 17,118 fans at Williams Stadium.
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