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RE: Barber resigns
Now that the dust has settled, and the public statement of why Barber left, other than the PR thanks for the great job release, why did he leave? He seemed entrenched with JFJr and the school. Personal, professional, bad judgment family or other. Any ideas?

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I'm guessing he promised to get Liberty to FBS and it became obvious he couldn't deliver. We missed our shot with the Sun Belt and there aren't any other conference lining up. I imagine Jerry gave him a deadline and it passed. Jerry gave him the money for the facilities, the coaches, and more and it wasn't in the cards.

Women's basketball is worsening lately, hockey missed the playoffs for the first time in a while (I think), baseball went south and fired their coach out of nowhere, basketball recently changed head coaches and is in the middle of a complete rebuild, and football is on the razor's edge between being competitive and also needing a complete rebuild.

We got passed by Coastal Carolina for the open Sun Belt slot, James Madison and Richmond (with Liberty's former head football coach) are doing well, and attendance is down seemingly in all sports. Time to make a change before it gets too bad.
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(12-04-2016 08:09 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  I'm guessing he promised to get Liberty to FBS and it became obvious he couldn't deliver. We missed our shot with the Sun Belt and there aren't any other conference lining up. I imagine Jerry gave him a deadline and it passed. Jerry gave him the money for the facilities, the coaches, and more and it wasn't in the cards.

Women's basketball is worsening lately, hockey missed the playoffs for the first time in a while (I think), baseball went south and fired their coach out of nowhere, basketball recently changed head coaches and is in the middle of a complete rebuild, and football is on the razor's edge between being competitive and also needing a complete rebuild.

We got passed by Coastal Carolina for the open Sun Belt slot, James Madison and Richmond (with Liberty's former head football coach) are doing well, and attendance is down seemingly in all sports. Time to make a change before it gets too bad.
Good capsule of what likely are the reasons. I was hoping that someone may have some inside info about the resignation/release/termination. I know from a big booster/alumni peer that Gill was making a bundle with his salary and that he had/has high expectations, as yet to be fulfilled with marginal success.
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I listened to the podcast with McCall on the air and I have to say I am optimistic for y'all. I know he has a checkered past but he sounded the part.
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I think McCaw is a good athletic director, maybe even great. The problem is his baggage and Liberty allegedly forcing out Barber to hire McCaw. Liberty loves hiring on the cheap and saw a deal with McCaw and are banking on everyone just forgetting anything that happened. Let's hope nothing else is compromised
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(12-15-2016 07:42 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  I think McCaw is a good athletic director, maybe even great. The problem is his baggage and Liberty allegedly forcing out Barber to hire McCaw. Liberty loves hiring on the cheap and saw a deal with McCaw and are banking on everyone just forgetting anything that happened. Let's hope nothing else is compromised

I agree, he is definitely a great AD. The interview I felt he said the right things so I think it will work out. It is a tough blow PR wise.
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(12-15-2016 09:39 PM)Ewglenn Wrote:  
(12-15-2016 07:42 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  I think McCaw is a good athletic director, maybe even great. The problem is his baggage and Liberty allegedly forcing out Barber to hire McCaw. Liberty loves hiring on the cheap and saw a deal with McCaw and are banking on everyone just forgetting anything that happened. Let's hope nothing else is compromised

I agree, he is definitely a great AD. The interview I felt he said the right things so I think it will work out. It is a tough blow PR wise.

Just a guess, but I think he was hired to over see us going FBS independent in football.
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(12-16-2016 06:22 AM)Liberty Fan Wrote:  
(12-15-2016 09:39 PM)Ewglenn Wrote:  
(12-15-2016 07:42 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  I think McCaw is a good athletic director, maybe even great. The problem is his baggage and Liberty allegedly forcing out Barber to hire McCaw. Liberty loves hiring on the cheap and saw a deal with McCaw and are banking on everyone just forgetting anything that happened. Let's hope nothing else is compromised

I agree, he is definitely a great AD. The interview I felt he said the right things so I think it will work out. It is a tough blow PR wise.

Just a guess, but I think he was hired to over see us going FBS independent in football.

How would going Indy FBS even happen? Realistically speaking there is no mechanism for a school to go FBS Indy from FCS anymore.
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(12-16-2016 06:22 AM)Liberty Fan Wrote:  
(12-15-2016 09:39 PM)Ewglenn Wrote:  
(12-15-2016 07:42 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  I think McCaw is a good athletic director, maybe even great. The problem is his baggage and Liberty allegedly forcing out Barber to hire McCaw. Liberty loves hiring on the cheap and saw a deal with McCaw and are banking on everyone just forgetting anything that happened. Let's hope nothing else is compromised

I agree, he is definitely a great AD. The interview I felt he said the right things so I think it will work out. It is a tough blow PR wise.

Just a guess, but I think he was hired to over see us going FBS independent in football.

Yes, he didn't say much about FBS but I'll be shocked if he doesn't get y'all there. He is intelligent just has a ton of baggage. He was asked about the stadium expansion and didn't say too much but I think that's going to happen pretty soon. He didn't shut down the opportunity of expanding before the move to FBS so I think it will happen sooner rather than later
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(12-16-2016 07:49 AM)Curtisc83 Wrote:  
(12-16-2016 06:22 AM)Liberty Fan Wrote:  
(12-15-2016 09:39 PM)Ewglenn Wrote:  
(12-15-2016 07:42 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  I think McCaw is a good athletic director, maybe even great. The problem is his baggage and Liberty allegedly forcing out Barber to hire McCaw. Liberty loves hiring on the cheap and saw a deal with McCaw and are banking on everyone just forgetting anything that happened. Let's hope nothing else is compromised

I agree, he is definitely a great AD. The interview I felt he said the right things so I think it will work out. It is a tough blow PR wise.

Just a guess, but I think he was hired to over see us going FBS independent in football.

How would going Indy FBS even happen? Realistically speaking there is no mechanism for a school to go FBS Indy from FCS anymore.

This is correct... for now. There is no way currently for Liberty to move up as an FBS independent. What Liberty could do is either get rules changed or get an exemption that would allow them to move up as an independent. The only other option that I can think of is to get a two year football-only membership to a conference which gives Liberty time to move up to FBS through the transitional process.
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