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This is truly a shocking situation to those close to Liberty. The AD Jeff Barbet just announced he was resigning immediately. Just this week he was on a podcast talking about future plans at Liberty and in no way sounded like he was leaving. I don't want to speculate, but this can't be good on either side.

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11-17-2016 02:08 PM
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I agree. This is out of the blue. Wonder what's going on at LU. This announcement caught me completely off guard.
11-17-2016 04:17 PM
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Wow. That is really an unexpected action. And it is highlighted with his son joining the basketball team. Or will he still?
11-17-2016 06:55 PM
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This is a little surprising, though not entirely the more I think about it.

During Barber's tenure, he hired Rocco and Gill for football. Rocco did well to elevate the football program out of the lowest of lows and made them competitive and top 25 caliber. Gill took that program that had stagnated and reach the playoffs for the first time before crashing and burning the following two seasons. If Barber is gone, it likely means Gill is as well. And I even think attendance is down this year.

Barber fired Dunton, hired McKay, hired and fired Layer, and rehired McKay. Layer is all Barber's doing but so is McKay so I think it is argued for mixed results and trending upward. How has attendance been lately? I know it was awful for Layer's last couple years. I'm sure it had to pick up since McKay took over.

Baseball has been rocky as well. As someone else mentioned, Toman was forced out after being rather successful but in a down period. Barber hired a new coach and won't be able to see how that turns out.

Overall, Liberty's complete athletic package is alright as evidenced by winning the Sasser Cup most years. However, our big revenue sports of football, men's basketball, and baseball have all had very underwhelming years lately and only basketball is showing signs of life. To be fair, baseball has a new coach this year so it could return to winning. I don't know if it is a good idea to let Barber go or not. I do know that we aren't where we want to be but I don't know that he isn't the one to lead us to where we want to go. But now we have an opportunity to get a new AD who can take us to where we want to go.

Does President Falwell hire someone before he leaves (if he leaves)? I would think that if he were to temporarily join Trump's team then he'd want to hire his new AD for when he'd return. If he won't be around, then I'd think the new president would want a fresh start with the AD of his/her choosing. I hope we continue our path to FBS and I hope the new AD reflects that. Thank you Jeff Barber for your contributions to Liberty University and good luck on your future endeavors.
11-17-2016 07:37 PM
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If you read a sea of red there's some claims that the v athletic budget is going to be scaled back from an FBS type budget to a high FCS budget. I think that means Gill is fine as well. The thing I don't get about this is the timing. Really strange that Barber new nothing about this yesterday. We'll learn more in the coming days.

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11-18-2016 12:12 AM
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(11-18-2016 12:12 AM)Libertygrad01 Wrote:  If you read a sea of red there's some claims that the v athletic budget is going to be scaled back from an FBS type budget to a high FCS budget. I think that means Gill is fine as well. The thing I don't get about this is the timing. Really strange that Barber new nothing about this yesterday. We'll learn more in the coming days.

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If true, that is disappointing. It probably means we are giving up on FBS and accepting a long FCS tenure. I guess Jerry was wrong when he said we'd be FBS in a couple of months.
11-18-2016 06:34 AM
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If true, that stinks. What else can I say? I haven't given up the dream of FBS.

It appears there are turbulent times ahead with all this uncertainty surrounding JB, JFJ, HCTG.
11-18-2016 09:00 AM
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I don't buy the scaling back theory. You don't spend 25 million dollars on an indoor practice facility to then scale back. I see this more about a stagnant athletic department. The Charleston Southern game was probably the nail in the coffin for both Barber and Gill. You can't use 3 years in a row to a team you outspend 4 to 1. I think change can bring new excitement, so I'll take a wait and see approach.

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11-18-2016 11:09 AM
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Any names to be thrown around for new AD?
11-19-2016 03:56 AM
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Without knowing how they would fit into Liberty, I'm impressed with how Louisville and Baylor have transformed their athletic departments over the past eight years or so. However, we now know that it has come at the cost of cutting corners and each have had major NCAA investigations.

Barber was from the University of South Carolina and it wouldn't surprise me to hire someone from an SEC athletic department.
11-19-2016 07:47 AM
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