A little less than three weeks after getting axed after just two seasons at Kansas, Turner Gill is about to take a step down to get back up on the head-coaching horse.
Gill interviewed for the vacancy at Div. 1-AA (FCS) Liberty University Wednesday and, after being offered the job, accepted it late last night. The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that Gill was the only candidate to actually visit the campus.
The school, founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971, confirmed Gill’s hiring in a press release, announcing a 1 p.m. ET press conference today to officially introduce their new coach.
“Liberty is tremendously blessed to welcome Turner Gill as our new head football coach,” athletic director Jeff Barber. “As we conducted this search during the past nine days, his name was recommended to us over and over from coaches and athletics directors from around the country as the right man to lead our football program. Turner embraces all that Liberty is and stands for and it will be a privilege to work alongside him as we continue to move our football program forward.”
Gill spent two seasons with the Jayhawks after seeing his coaching stock rise during a five-year stint at Buffalo of the MAC. The 49-year-old Gill has a 25-49 career coaching mark, including a 5-19 record at KU.
It appears, though, the kind of person Gill is off the field was as important as just about anything he’s done on the football field.
“In our search for a new head football coach, almost every advisor recommended Turner Gill,” Liberty president and chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said in a statement. “Every indication is that he is a perfect fit for Liberty University. His experience is at the level where we would like to take our football program. His Christian faith is strong and sincere and what any new recruit would expect to see in a Liberty University head football coach. I think Liberty University and Turner Gill were made for each other.”
Gill will be charged with replacing the most successful head coach in the history of the Flames football program. Danny Rocco, who left earlier this month for the head-coaching job at Richmond, was 47-20 in six years at the school, winning four Big South Conference titles to his credit.