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RE: Gill - does Gill go or stay
(11-22-2017 11:12 PM)army56mike Wrote:  What is good enough? Now that we have a 12 game Independent schedule.
Must a coach win a minimum of 8 games a year to retain his job? 10 games? 7 games? Win 75% of bowl games played?
As important as wins and losses are, it's more. It's about being prepared and motivating and keeping focused 18-22 year olds. It's about winning a game ever now and then not expected. It's about winning most games one is expected to win. The highs and lows have been too great. The inconsistency to much the rule rather than the exception. Consecutive and multiple 6-5 seasons is the indicator.

Few fans nowadays are excited or content with the coaching. More are excited with LU now being FBS. The time is now to make the change. Gill was the best fit at the time of his hire. He's not the best fit now.

A new coach would bring renewed interest in hope for the ability of the staff to improve the defense. Something that's lacking now. LU will turn things around quicker with an infusion of change rather than a continuation of the present.
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RE: Gill - does Gill go or stay
(11-22-2017 11:12 PM)army56mike Wrote:  What is good enough? Now that we have a 12 game Independent schedule.
Must a coach win a minimum of 8 games a year to retain his job? 10 games? 7 games? Win 75% of bowl games played?

In my opinion, progress is the benchmark at the moment. I need to see that the team is improving each year, and that doesn't necessarily mean more wins each year. Liberty doesn't have the football pedigree to expect 10-win seasons, NY6 bowls, or top 10 finishes.

When the new coach comes in, he will be judged on how far the team improves. I'd be willing to let him have the first two years as safe so he can recruit some of his players and install his offense and defense before I'd really need to see progress into a team that is consistently bowl-eligible. Liberty needs to get the talent level up to FBS standards but we may not be as far off as our record indicates based on some small sample sizes. Our offense was unstoppable at times and our defense was a brick wall at times, but they rarely coincided and therefore we finished 6-5. Getting more consistency will help, as will better recruits with a better coach/recruiter and being FBS.

We'll see where the new coach takes us and where he plateaus. Rocco plateaued by sharing a Big South Conference title but losing on tiebreakers. Gill had a better season but did worse overall after that year which more and more looks like a fluke. 6-6 and bowl eligible is the target to get to in my mind as we will have a harder schedule than most G5 schools but ideally that will get old as we blow that out of the water.
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