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Liberty Football Announces FBS Feasibility Study, Turner Gill Hire

Liberty football is eying a move to the big time.

Not only did the Liberty Flames, recent terror of the Big South Conference, announce former Kansas Jayhawks and Buffalo Bulls coach Turner Gill as their new frontman on Thursday, they're also unveiling the first step of a journey to Division I-A. A "FBS Feasibility Study," it's called, and it's the sort of thing that's not exactly often undertaken without a destination already in mind, if you follow.

Here's video of the press conference on the matter. A statement by chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. -- yes, that Jerry Falwell, Jr.:

Since Coach (Danny) Rocco's departure, we have spoken with many potential head coach candidates before offering the position to Turner Gill, yesterday.

Liberty greatly values its membership in the Big South Conference, but given the unexpected turn of events, we believe the time is right to conduct this study. Due to the changes we have all seen in the college football landscape, we need to thoroughly evaluate the future of Liberty University football.

During our discussions with these head coaching candidates, it quickly became clear to us that the future of Liberty's football program was their primary concern. The candidates were particularly interested in whether Liberty had plans to move to the Football Bowl Subdivision level (FBS) at some point. In order to determine what course Liberty should pursue for its football program, including when Liberty should attempt to move to the FBS level, Liberty has commissioned an FBS Feasibility Study by Carr Sports Associates. The study should be completed in February or March. 

Fun fact about Liberty University: Christian music trio DC Talk met on the Lynchburg, Virginia campus. Did you know that?