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Liberty Flames head coach Turner Gill retires

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Liberty Flames head coach Turner Gill has retired. He steps away from college football to focus on his wife Gayle, who is battling a heart condition.

He was the Flames head coach for seven seasons. He went 47-35 at the school, including a 6-6 record in 2018.

Former Liberty Flames head coach Turner Gill looks on against the Baylor Bears during a football game
Turner Gill looks on against the Baylor Bears during a football game (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

The last four seasons, the Liberty team has won six games per season.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from coaching,” Gill said in a statement. “In the summer of 2016, my wife Gayle was diagnosed with a heart condition. Both Gayle and I wanted to be here to help Liberty through their transition and we are so glad to have done so. We have come to the realization that it is now time for me to step away. I can’t put into words how much this coaching staff, support staff, and the players mean to us. We are so thankful for President Falwell, Becki Falwell and Ian McCaw and their support during our time here.

“They, as well as all of those mentioned, have been and will continue to be blessings in our lives. To God be the glory!”

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This season was the school’s first season as a Division I FBS Independent program. Previously, they were in the Big South Conference in the FCS.

The Flames had a winning record in six of the seven seasons. His best season at the school was in 2014 when the team went 9-5.They lost that season in the second round of the FCS Playoffs.

“We are grateful and deeply indebted to Turner for successfully leading Liberty football from the FCS to FBS,” Athletic Director Ian McCaw said. “He’s had a transformational impact on the football program and our student-athletes over the past 7 years. We wish him and his family the very best as the Lord leads them into the next stage of their life.”

Besides the 47-35 record as the Flames head coach, he is 72-84 as a college football head coach. He went 5-19 in two seasons as the Kansas Jayhawks head coach. He also went 20-30 in four seasons as the Buffalo Bulls head coach.

Prior to accepting the Bulls head coaching position, he spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers. He spent the 2004 seas as the Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receivers coach.

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He was the Cornhuskers Assistant Head Coach during the 2003 season. He was the team’s Quarterbacks Coach from 1992 through 2002.

The 56-year-old Fort Worth, Texas native spent the 1991 season as the SMU Mustangs wide receivers coach. He was a graduate assistant with the North Texas Mean Green in 1990.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1989 with the Cornhuskers.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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