Liberty University is reportedly heading to the FBS level after competing in college football’s FCS division.
This news was revealed earlier this afternoon. Once it was made public, the opinions poured in on Twitter from media members and fans alike.
You see, Liberty brings baggage along with it. Namely, the school’s AD is Ian McCaw. McCaw presided over Baylor athletics during the football program’s sexual assault scandal, the fallout of which is still ongoing.
Because of this, many people are unhappy with Liberty making the leap. To top things off, the Flames and Bears open up the 2017 season against each other.
As you can see, this is not a popular move. Liberty, a non-profit Christian university, has its hands full from a PR standpoint in the coming months.
On the field, Liberty has been successful under head coach Turner Gill. The former Buffalo and Kansas coach has led the program to a 35-35 record in his five seasons. Under Gill’s tutelage, the Flames have tied for first place in the Big South Conference four times and reached the FCS playoffs once.