Liberty Flames football

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Liberty Flames Football
2014 Liberty Flames football team
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First season 1973 (1973)
Athletic director Jeff Barber
Head coach Turner Gill
3rd year, 14–9  (.609)
Home stadium Williams Stadium
Stadium capacity 19,200
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Lynchburg, Virginia
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Big South
All-time record 211–203–4 (.510)
Postseason bowl record 0–0 (–)
Conference titles 6
Colors

Navy and Red

          
Fight song Fan The Flames
Mascot Sparky
Marching band Spirit of the Mountain
Rivals Coastal Carolina
Website LibertyFlames.com
For information on all Liberty University sports, see Liberty Flames

The Liberty Flames is a college football program that competes in NCAA Division I-FCS, in the Big South Conference.

History[edit]

Liberty Flames football in 2007

Liberty's football program is headed by Turner Gill who took over in December 2011 after previously being head coach at Kansas and Buffalo. Liberty plays their home games at Williams Stadium which has a capacity of 19,200.

Year-by-year results[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013-14 college football season
NCAA Division I champions NCAA Division I FCS champions Conference Champions Division Champions Bowl Eligible Undefeated Season
Year NCAA Division Conference Conference Division Overall Conference Coach Final Ranking
Games Win Loss Tie Pct. Games Win Loss Tie Pct. Standing
1973 NAIA NAIA Independent N/A 6 3 3 0 .500 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Lee Royer -
1974 NAIA NAIA Independent N/A 9 5 4 0 .556 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A John Cartwright -
1975 NAIA NAIA Independent N/A 9 4 5 0 .444 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A John Cartwright -
1976 NAIA NAIA Independent N/A 10 5 4 1 .550 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A John Cartwright -
1977 NAIA NAIA Independent N/A 10 3 7 0 .300 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Tom Dowling -
1978 NAIA NAIA Independent N/A 10 4 5 1 .450 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Tom Dowling -
1979 NAIA NAIA Independent N/A 11 9 1 1 .864 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Tom Dowling -
1980 NAIA NAIA Independent N/A 10 7 3 0 .700 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Tom Dowling -
1981 II Division II Independent N/A 10 1 9 0 .100 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Tom Dowling -
1982 II Division II Independent N/A 11 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Tom Dowling -
1983 II Division II Independent N/A 11 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Tom Dowling -
1984 II Division II Independent N/A 11 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Morgan Hout -
1985 II Division II Independent N/A 8 3 4 1 .438 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Morgan Hout -
1986 II Division II Independent N/A 10 1 9 0 .100 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Morgan Hout -
1987 II Division II Independent N/A 10 3 7 0 .300 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Morgan Hout -
1988 II Division II Independent N/A 11 8 3 0 .727 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Morgan Hout -
1989 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 10 7 3 0 .700 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1990 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1991 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1992 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 7 4 0 .636 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1993 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 6 5 0 .545 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1994 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1995 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 8 3 0 .727 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1996 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1997 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 9 2 0 .818 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1998 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
1999 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 4 7 0 .364 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Sam Rutigliano -
2000 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Ken Karcher -
2001 I-AA Division I-AA Independent N/A 11 3 8 0 .273 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Ken Karcher -
2002 I-AA Big South N/A 11 2 9 0 .182 3 1 2 0 .333 3rd Ken Karcher -
2003 I-AA Big South N/A 12 6 6 0 .500 4 3 1 0 .750 2nd Ken Karcher -
2004 I-AA Big South N/A 11 6 5 0 .545 4 3 1 0 .750 2nd Ken Karcher -
2005 I-AA Big South N/A 11 1 10 0 .091 4 0 4 0 .000 5th Ken Karcher -
2006 FCS Big South N/A 11 6 5 0 .545 4 2 2 0 .500 T-2nd Danny Rocco -
2007 FCS Big South N/A 11 8 3 0 .727 4 4 0 0 1.000 1st Danny Rocco -
2008 FCS Big South N/A 12 10 2 0 .833 5 5 0 0 1.000 1st Danny Rocco #14
2009 FCS Big South N/A 11 8 3 0 .727 6 5 1 0 .833 T-1st Danny Rocco #22
2010 FCS Big South N/A 11 8 3 0 .727 6 5 1 0 .833 T-1st Danny Rocco #21
2011 FCS Big South N/A 11 7 4 0 .636 6 5 1 0 .833 2nd Danny Rocco #25
2012 FCS Big South N/A 11 6 5 0 .545 6 5 1 0 .833 T-1st Turner Gill
2013 FCS Big South N/A 12 8 4 0 .667 5 4 1 0 .800 T-1st Turner Gill
Totals 414 211 203 4 .509 55 40 15 0 .727

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Conference Championships[edit]

Liberty has won six Big South Conference championships.

Conference affiliations:

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
2007 Big South Conference Danny Rocco 8-3 4–0
2008 Big South Conference Danny Rocco 10-2 5–0
2009 Big South Conference (Co-Championship) Danny Rocco 8-3 5–1
2010 Big South Conference (Co-Championship) Danny Rocco 8-3 5–1
2012 Big South Conference (Co-Championship) Turner Gill 6-5 5–1
2013 Big South Conference (Co-Championship) Turner Gill 8-4 4–1
Total conference championships 6

2007 Big South Conference Champions[edit]

The Liberty Flames captured their first Big South Conference Football championship with a commanding 31-0 victory over Gardner-Webb University. The Flames capped off their second year under head coach Danny Rocco with an 8-3 record and an unblemished 4-0 Big South record to claim the title. The same week, The Liberty University Men's Soccer team beat Radford University 2-1 to capture the Big South Conference soccer title and their first appearance in the national tournament. Also that same week, the Liberty Women's Volleyball team shutout Winthrop in the finals of the Big South Volleyball tournament. it was the first conference championship for the volleyball team since 2001. The Liberty Men's and Women's cross country teams also won the Big South Championship with Josh McDougal, Jordan McDougal and Jarvis Jelen sweeping the top 3 positions in the men's race for the third straight year.[3][4]

2008 Big South Conference Champions[edit]

Topping its 2007 performance, Liberty ran its unbeaten Big South streak to 11-straight games, finishing back-to-back conference championship seasons with a 30-10 victory over Gardner-Webb. The Flames finished with a 10-2 record on the year and finished the conference slate unbeaten at 5-0. Liberty’s victory allowed the Flames to become the first team in Big South history to win five conference games in a season and to join Gardner-Webb as the only two teams to post consecutive unbeaten seasons. Liberty finished ranked 15th in the FCS Coaches Poll and 14th in the Sports Network Poll.[5][6][7]

2009 Big South Conference Co-Champions[edit]

Undefeated in Big South play for 2009, the Flames just needed to capture a win over Stony Brook in the season finale to secure a 3rd straight Big South Conference Championship. Stony Brook who had only lost one game in Big South play (a 30-27 overtime loss to Charleston Southern the previous week) for 2009 could claim half of the Big South Championship with a win over Liberty. The Seawolves didn't back down from the challenge and won the game 36-33 to share the 2009 Big South Championship with the Liberty Flames.[8]

2010 Big South Conference Co-Champions[edit]

Liberty again became conference co-champions in 2010. They were looking to beat Stony Brook in the season finale to win the 2010 Big South Championship but they first had to beat rival Coastal Carolina. Coastal beat Liberty for the first time since 2006 then the Flames bounced back the next week to secure a win over Stony Brook and a share of the conference championship (3 way tie with Coastal Carolina and Stony Brook).

2012 Big South Conference Co-Champions[edit]

Liberty became the conference co-champion for the fifth time in 2012. After starting off 2-0 in conference play, Liberty traveled to Coastl Carolina, where they lost to the Chanticleers 36-12, bringing their overall record to 3-5. Liberty would then play then ninth ranked Stony Brook, beating them 28-14, also extending their at home conference win streak which dates back to 2006. In order to win a share at the Big South title, they would have to beat the Virginia Military Institute Keydets. Liberty won the game 33-14, and won a share of the title along with Stony Brook and Coastal Carolina with a record of 6-5 (5-1 in conference play).

2013 Big South Conference Co-Champions[edit]

Liberty became the conference co-champion for the sixth time in 2013. Liberty opened up conference play at home against Coastal Carolina, where they let a 19-point lead slip away in the second half as the Chanticleers rallied to win in double overtime, 55-52. The Flames would rebound with a shutout victory at Gardner-Webb which was the first shutout in Turner Gill's eight seasons as a head coach. After victories at home over VMI and Presbyterian, the Flames captured a share of the Big South title with a 56-14 victory at Charleston Southern who has previously beaten Coastal Carolina. Liberty shares the title with Coastal Carolina with identical 4-1 conference marks.

Liberty vs Coastal Carolina Rivalry[edit]

CCU Leads Series 6-5

  • 2013 - Coastal @ Liberty - L, 55-52 (2 OT)
  • 2012 - Liberty @ Coastal - L, 36-12
  • 2011 - Coastal @ Liberty - W, 63-27
  • 2010 - Liberty @ Coastal - L, 45-31
  • 2009 - Coastal @ Liberty - W, 58-13
  • 2008 - Liberty @ Coastal - W, 43-38
  • 2007 - Coastal @ Liberty - W, 37-24
  • 2006 - Liberty @ Coastal - L, 38-26
  • 2005 - Coastal @ Liberty - L, 27-21 (3 OT)
  • 2004 - Liberty @ Coastal - L, 33-6
  • 2003 - Coastal @ Liberty - W, 38-21 (First Meeting)

Liberty vs. FBS schools[edit]

Year FBS Opponent Result Opponent's Conference Opponent's Head Coach Liberty's Head Coach
2013 Old Dominion L, 21-17 Independent Bobby Wilder Turner Gill
2013 Kent State L, 17-10 MAC (East) Paul Haynes Turner Gill
2012 Wake Forest L, 20-17 ACC (Atlantic) Jim Grobe Turner Gill
2011 North Carolina State L, 43-21 ACC (Atlantic) Tom O'Brien Danny Rocco
2010 Ball State W, 27-23 MAC (West) Stan Parrish Danny Rocco
2009 West Virginia L, 33-20 Big East Bill Stewart Danny Rocco
2007 Toledo L, 35-34 MAC (West) Tom Amstutz Danny Rocco
2006 Wake Forest L, 34-14 ACC (Atlantic) Jim Grobe Danny Rocco
2005 Connecticut L, 59-0 Big East Randy Edsall Ken Karcher
2004 Kent State L, 38-10 MAC (East) Doug Martin Ken Karcher
2003 Bowling Green L, 62-3 MAC (West) Gregg Brandon Ken Karcher
2003 Toledo L, 49-3 MAC (West) Tom Amstutz Ken Karcher
2002 Akron L, 49-21 MAC (East) Lee Owens Ken Karcher
2002 UCF L, 48-17 MAC (East) Mike Kruczek Ken Karcher
2001 South Florida L, 68-37 Independent Jim Leavitt Ken Karcher
2001 UCF L, 63-0 Independent Mike Kruczek Ken Karcher
1999 Marshall L, 63-3 MAC (East) Bob Pruett Sam Rutigliano
1992 Northern Illinois L, 27-21 Independent Charlie Sadler Sam Rutigliano
1989 Eastern Michigan W, 25-24 Mid-American Conference Jim Harkema Sam Rutigliano
Liberty 2 - FBS Schools 17

Former players[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Title Position Coach
Turner Gill Head Coach n/a
Dennis Wagner Offensive Coordinator Offensive Line
Aaron Stamn Co-Offensive Coordinator Tight Ends
Joe Dailey Assistant Coach Quarterbacks
Jamaal Fobbs Assistant Coach Running Backs
Juan Taylor Assistant Coach Wide Receivers
Robert Wimberly Defensive Coordinator Safeties
Carl Torbush Assistant Head Coach Linebackers
Vantz Singletary Co-Defensive Coordinator Defensive Line
Marshall Roberts Recruiting Coordinator Cornerbacks
Josh Bookbinder Special Teams Coordinator Special Teams
Charlie Skalaski IV Defensive Quality Control Defense
Kyle DeArmon Offensive Quality Control Offense
Paul Rutigliano Assistant Athletics Director For Football Administ Football Operations
Dr. Ed Gomes Director of Spiritual Development Football Operations
Chris Brown Equipment Manager Football Operations
Danny Wenger Video Coordinator Football Operations
Barry Finke Senior Assistant Athletic Trainer Football Operations
Bill Gillespie Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Football Operations
Dave Williams Associate Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Football Operations
Bev Cole Administrative Assistant Football Operations
Adam Godwin Assistant Director of Operations and Recruiting Football Operations

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Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
8/30 at North Carolina at West Virginia 9/3 at Virginia Tech at Baylor
9/6 at Norfolk State 10/3 at Georgia State
9/13 vs. Brevard vs. Montana
9/20 vs. Bryant
9/27 at Indiana State
10/4 vs. Richmond
10/11 at Appalachian State

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/teams/direct645.htm
  2. ^ "Liberty Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  3. ^ Football - News - LibertyFlames.com
  4. ^ ESPN - Liberty 31, Gardner-Webb 0 - NCAA College Football Recap
  5. ^ "Football - News". Liberty Flames. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ The Sports Network. "Football Championship Subdivision". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  8. ^ "BigSouthSports.com—Official Web Site of the Big South Conference". Bigsouthsports.com. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  9. ^ "Football 2012 Season Coaching Staff". libertyflames.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Game Day Central: James Madison". libertyflames.com. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  11. ^ "Liberty Releases 2012 Football Schedule". libertyflames.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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