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LU Finishes Third-Straight Year Inside Top 25

January 12, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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LU Finishes Third-Straight Year Inside Top 25

FCS Coaches Poll

Sports Network/ FCS Top 25

Following a fourth-straight Big South championship season, Liberty's football program finds itself inside the final FCS Top 25 rankings for the third year in a row.

Liberty finished the year ranked No. 19 in the final FCS Coaches ranking and No. 21 in the last Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 listing. Both organizations released their final listings earlier this week following the conclusion of the FCS national championship game, where Eastern Washington rallied to defeat Delaware, 20-19.

Liberty ended the 2010 campaign with an 8-3 record and shared the Big South title with Coastal Carolina and Stony Brook, with all three programs posting 5-1 league marks.

The Flames have just completed the most successful four-year run in program history, having posted a combined 34-11 record during the span.

Liberty is one of three FCS programs in the country to have won eight or more games each of the last four seasons, joining Dayton and Appalachian State.

This year's final FCS rankings are the Flames' second best under head coach Danny Rocco. After posting a program-record 10-2 mark in 2008, Liberty finished the season ranked No. 14 in the Sports Network poll and No. 15 in the FCS Coaches listing. Last year, the Flames finished the season No. 21 in the FCS Coaches poll and No. 22 according to the Sports Network.

After claiming the program's first-ever national championship, Eastern Washington finished atop both FCS national polls. The Eagles were the unanimous No. 1 pick in the FCS Coaches poll and garnered all but one No. 1 vote in the Sports Network listing.

Rounding out the top five in both rankings were No. 2 Delaware, No. 3 Villanova and No. 4 Appalachian State, while Wofford was No. 5 according to the FCS Coaches poll and Georgia Southern had the same listing by the Sports Network.

The next three big dates on Liberty's football schedule are national signing day (Feb. 2), the beginning of spring practice (March 24) and the annual spring game (April 16), with the spring game kicking off at 1 p.m., at Williams Stadium.