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Gill's Hire as Coach Draws National Attention

December 16, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Gill's Hire as Coach Draws National Attention

Liberty's announcement of Turner Gill as the program's eighth head football coach not only drew attention from the greater Lynchburg and Central Virginia area, but it also helped to put the Flames in the national sports spotlight.

National sports web sites like and were quick to pick up the story about the former Nebraska standout quarterback and Buffalo and Kansas head coach taking over the reins on Liberty Mountain.

In additional, several well-known collegiate and professional football coaches and administrators from around the country took the time to tell their personal thoughts on Liberty's decision to hire Turner Gill to lead the Flames' football program.

Below are a few of those comments:

Congratulations on a terrific hire at Liberty University!
Ian McCaw
Baylor Athletics Director

Turner Gill is a quality human being. He will fit the mission and goals of Liberty University perfectly. He relates very well to his players and will develop men of character that fit the unique mission of your institution. I am delighted that Liberty University has showed confidence in Turner Gill and given him the opportunity to lead the program to greater heights.
Tom Osborne
Former Nebraska Head Football Coach
Current Nebraska Athletics Director

When the athletics director from Liberty University explained the goals, plans and commitment for the institution and then the desire to implement those values through football, for me, there was only one candidate who fit perfectly and that is Turner Gill. I have known Turner since he was in high school, through the time he has been a player and coach and throughout all the success he has enjoyed in the game of football. He has a great approach to dealing with young people and teaching them how to be men of character. Without question, Coach Gill will take Liberty University where they want to go.
Grant Teaff
Executive Director, American Football Coaches Association

I love Turner Gill! His integrity, class and leadership will bring success to Liberty University. He has a great football mind, is a great leader of young men and he leads by example which is what you are looking for in a head coach at Liberty. I am thrilled for Turner and Liberty University!
Tony Dungy
Former Super Bowl Champion coach of the Indianapolis Colts
Current television analyst for NBC's Football Night in America