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Rise With Us: Scott Downing

May 1, 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.

Liberty's coaching staff gained another member with vast levels of experience when Scott Downing was named the program's special teams coordinator and running backs coach on Feb. 1, 2016.  Following his first season with the program, Downing's coaching staff responsibilities shifted when he was named the special teams coordinator and tight ends and fullbacks coach for the 2017 season.

Downing has coached a pair special teams All-Americans during his first two seasons at Liberty. Long snapper Hunter Winstead earned All-America honors both on the field (STATS FCS All-America in 2016 and 2017 and in the classroom (CoSIDA Academic All-America in 2017), while kicker Alex Probert was named to the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America honorable mention listing in 2016.

Downing brought over three decades of NCAA coaching experience with him to Liberty, including seven years as a head coach and 14 years as a coordinator. He has worked at the FBS level for 26 years, helping coach his teams to 17 bowl appearances.

Downing helped Liberty kicked off its two-year FBS transition process in grand style when the Flames posted a 48-45 win at Baylor on Sept. 2, 2017. The stunning victory was ranked as the seventh biggest upset in college football over the last 25 years in an article on ESPN.com (Sept. 6, 2017).

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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