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Liberty’s defense stifles NJIT, 65-38 – WSET

  1. Liberty's defense stifles NJIT, 65-38  WSET
  2. Homesley leads Liberty to 16th win, a 65-38 rout of NJIT  ABC NEWS 4
  3. Liberty opens ASUN play 2-0 following win at NJIT  A Sea of Red
  4. Cuffee, Liberty shut down NJIT  Lynchburg News and Advance
  5. Liberty wins another one on the road in ASUN  Augusta Free Press
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New York Liberty to reveal new head coach on Wednesday morning – Elite Sports NY

The New York Liberty have announced that they will reveal the eighth head coach in franchise history on Wednesday morning.

The reveal will be made through a press conference in the GEICO Atrium of the Libertys new Brooklyn home, the Barclays Center. General manager Jonathan Kolb will speak alongside the new coach. The conference is not open to the public but can be seen via streaming on Facebook Live.

New Yorks last head coach was Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Katie Smith. She held the position for just two years. The title has also been previously held by Richie Adubato (1998-2004), Anne Donovan (2009-10), and Bill Laimbeer (2013-17). They currently have the only head coaching vacancy in the WNBA.

The new decade is the start of a hopeful era for New York Liberty basketball. After two years of franchise limbo at Westchester County Center in White Plains, they will now play their games within city limits again. January marks a full calendar year of ownership under Joe Tsai, who also owns the NBAs Brooklyn Nets. Tsai became the full-time owner of both the Nets and the Barclays Center in September.

WNBA offseason developments have been mostly stagnant due to ongoing labor negotiations. The New York Liberty have nonetheless enjoyed several positive developments since wrapping up the 2019 season. In addition to Brooklyn permanency, New York also emerged with the top overall pick in the upcoming WNBA Draft. The consensus top prospect is Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon.

Ionescu is the all-time leader in double-doubles in NCAA basketball history. She took home the 2019 John Wooden Award as the nations most outstanding player.

As for returnees, the New York Liberty will likely welcome back 2019 All-Stars Tina Charles and Kia Nurse, as well as last seasons second overall pick Asia Durr.

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Liberty boys basketball doesnt beat buzzer, but does beat Whitehall in OT – lehighvalleylive.com

The Liberty High School boys basketball teams back-and-forth showdown with Whitehall ended up being a game so nice, the Hurricanes were forced to win it twice.

Liberty, ranked No. 6 by lehighvalleylive, defeated No. 10 Whitehall 60-51 in overtime of an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference cross-divisional matchup, after having a game-winning 3-pointer from Ish Gonzalez waved off because it didnt beat the buzzer in regulation.

The end of that game was crazy, Liberty coach Chad Landis said. I thought we had a bunch of things that we did well, but then we couldnt finish. Every time offensively we sputtered, we were able to get another stop. Probably, for the first time all season, we have to give most of the credit to our defense.

A layup from Whitehall forward Dylan McGinley tied the game at 47 with 1:40 to go and, after a Liberty turnover, the Zephyrs held the ball for the final minute of the game. With 13 seconds left, Whitehall took a timeout and inbounded the ball to Tyler Holubowski.

The senior guard tried to whip a low pass into the key from half-court but Rondell McNeill jumped forward and intercepted it before the Hurricanes called a timeout of their own with 5 seconds left.

We knew in that stretch that we were going to have to pick our spots, Landis said. (Whitehall) is not the type of team you can just turn over a lot, but we were trying to pick our spots to use our pressure when it could be helpful. At the end of the game, the whole game really, we tried to do that. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didnt; but it was a great game.

Liberty worked the ball to Rahamd Ali who was swarmed by Whitehall defenders, so the senior dished out to Gonzalez. Gonzalez had to take crucial time to create space for the shot, which was on target but 1 second after the clock hit zero.

Quick buckets in overtime from Dallas Holmes and Will Harper gave the Hurricanes a 51-47 lead. Then, McNeil picked off another pass and fed Ali an assist.

We struggled to guard in a couple of our recent games. I thought tonight we needed to step up and defend and I thought we did, Landis said. We showed a lot of toughness in the half-court and full-court defense. (Whitehall) is good. They run great offense; they stick to it. Theyre hard to get out of sync. It was just one of those back-and-forth games all night.

Two foul shots from Holubowski and a bucket from Joseph Lisicky were not enough for the Zephyrs as Harper converted on four shots from the charity stripe and Gonzalez added another two to keep the Hurricanes ahead by multiple possessions throughout overtime.

Harper paced Liberty with 22 points. Gonzalez added 10 and Holmes contributed nine.

The Hurricanes had twice as many players score as the Zephyrs, who had four players get on the board. Both Holubowski and McGinley finished with 18 and Lisicky put up 10.

The loss drops Whitehall to 7-4 and the Zephyrs will hope to get back in the win column when they host Stroudsburg on Tuesday night.

Liberty (7-4) aims to extend its win streak to three in a row when it hosts Emmaus on Tuesday.

Now as we get into the new year, January is the time where teams identify themselves, Landis said. The good teams in our league will identify themselves, the mediocre teams will identify themselves. I think both teams out here played good tonight and tried to take an early stand. There are a lot of games to play.

Desmond Boyle may be reached at dboyle@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @DesJBoyle. Find Lehigh Valley high school sports on Facebook.

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Liberty Women To Open New Year with Meets At Florida, FGCU – SwimSwam

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LYNCHBURG, Va. The Liberty swimming & diving team will cap off its annual New Years training trip to Florida with meets at No. 7 Florida and FGCU on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The Lady Flames will compete in a quad meet hosted by the seventh-ranked Gators on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Stephen C. OConnell Center Natatorium in Gainesville, Fla. Liberty will take on Florida, Vanderbilt and North Florida at that meet.

On Saturday at noon, the Lady Flames will take on CCSA rival FGCU along with Tulane and Illinois State in a meet held at FGCU Aquatics Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

Liberty will be meeting Florida, Illinois State, North Florida and Tulane in dual-meet action for the first time, while the Lady Flames are 1-6 all-time against FGCU and 2-0 versus Vanderbilt.

Libertys CCSA Award Winners this Season

So. Abigail Egolf-Jensen CCSA Womens Diver of the Week (Oct. 15)

So. Lauren Chennault CCSA Womens Diver of the Week (Nov. 26)

Team Notes

Student-Athlete Notes

Meet Highlights

Order of Events

Florida Quad Meet

Friday, Jan 3, 2020

Stephen C. OConnell Center Natatorium

Gainesville, Fla.

200 Medley Relay

1000 Freestyle

200 Freestyle

100 Backstroke

100 Breaststroke

200 Butterfly

50 Freestyle

100 Freestyle

200 Backstroke

200 Breaststroke

500 Freestyle

100 Butterfly

200 IM

400 Freestyle Relay

FGCU Quad Meet

Saturday, Jan 4, 2020

FGCU Aquatics Complex

Fort Myers, Fla.

200 Medley Relay

5-minute break

200 Freestyle

400 IM

50 Freestyle

100 Butterfly

3-Meter Diving

100 Freestyle

500 Freestyle

100 Backstroke

100 Breaststroke

1-Meter Diving

400 Freestyle Relay

Up Next

Liberty will send its divers to the Navy Diving Invite, held Jan. 17-19 in Annapolis, Md. The Lady Flames final regular-season meet will be the TYR Senior Celebration, as Liberty will host Campbell and James Madison on Jan. 25.

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Liberty Mutual Insurance Selected by Uber to Cover Drivers in New England, South Carolina and Puerto Rico – PRNewswire

BOSTON, Jan. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Liberty Mutual Insurance will provide coverage for Uber drivers and passengers throughout New England, South Carolina and Puerto Rico as part of the company's 2020 auto insurance programs, which became effective on Dec. 31, 2019.

"We're pleased to have been selected by industry leader Uber to join its auto insurance programs," said Liberty Mutual Insurance Sharing Economy & New Mobility Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer David Blessing. "We drew on our competitive advantage of vast commercial and personal lines expertise, including our best-in-class claims and service organizations, to meet the specific risk management challenges facing the company's ride-hailing and delivery operations."

Under the program, Liberty Mutual provides specific coverages from the timeUber drivers open the app and are waiting for a trip or delivery request through the completion of the trip or delivery. The program covers all of South Carolina, Puerto Rico and New England, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

"Our dedicated sharing economy and new mobility practice allows us to continue successfully insuring ride-hailing, vehicle-sharing, car subscription, delivery services, and autonomous vehicle companies," said Liberty Mutual Insurance Product Technology Solutions Vice President Nicholas Grant. "The unit blends dedicated underwriting, claims and service with deep industry experience to develop custom risk solutions that both protect companies and attract customers."

"At Uber, we want both drivers and riders to have peace of mind during trips, and Liberty Mutual helps fulfill that obligation," said Uber Vice President of Safety and Insurance Gus Fuldner.

About Liberty Mutual Insurance

LibertyMutual'spurpose is to help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow.The promise we make to our customers throughout the world is to provide protection for the unexpected, delivered with care.

In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, Mass., today we are the fifth largest global property and casualty insurer based on 2018 gross written premium.We also rank 75th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2018 revenue.As of December 31, 2018, we had $41.6 billion in annual consolidated revenue.

We employ nearly 50,000 people in 30 countries and economies around the world. We offer a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, specialty lines, reinsurance, commercial multiple-peril, workers compensation, commercial automobile, general liability, surety, and commercial property.

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Liberty Hill woman accused of beating that sent son to hospital – Austin American-Statesman

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ROUND ROCK A Liberty Hill woman is accused of causing a head injury to her 6-year-old son and also of beating him over an extended period of time.

Tanya Lopez, 45, was charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Police were notified Dec. 17 that the boy was at McLane Childrens Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple undergoing surgery for an ear injury, according to an affidavit released Monday.

The boy told medical staff and police he had injured his ear falling out of the shower, the affidavit said. It said the staff thought the injury was not accidental but was caused by the boy being hit in the head.

The staff also saw many other injuries on the childs body that were in various states of healing, the affidavit said. Doctors said it appeared as if the child had been struck by a cord, police said.

The boys 8-year-old stepbrother later told police he had seen Lopez make the 6-year-old boy take his clothes off and then beat him with a cell phone cord all over his body on multiple occasions, the affidavit said.

The 6-year-old boy could not tell police how he got the injuries on the rest of his body, according to the affidavit. When police tried to interview Lopez to discuss the injuries to her 6-year-old son, it said, she declined to comment, saying she had contacted her attorney who had advised her not to speak.

Lopez was released from the Williamson County Jail on Friday after posting bail set at $15,000.

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Liberty Vittert: Got a resolution for the New Year? Here’s a statistician’s advice on how to keep it – Fox Business

Higher Minds co-founder Noah Berman shares tips he has for people to stay on track in 2020.

New Years resolutions have served as the bane of my existence for some time now. Thankfully, I am getting old enough to mostly forget the ones I made the previous year and not feel quite as bad about myself.

I inevitably never accomplish them and fortunately or unfortunately, I am not alone. Over 80 percent of New Years resolutionsfailby February, and almost 95 percent will bite the dust by March 1.


So does this mean that I should just give up and not make resolutions at all?

Well, considering that one of my resolutions this year is to be more positive, I wouldnt be doing a very good job of it if I decided to skip those resolutions this year.And neither should you.

If your resolution is to read more books, which given our information above, should be to read one book in January, then try getting a buddy to do it with you.

Heres the problem, our resolutions are way too broad. With thetop resolutionsbeing Save money (50 percent), Lose weight (45 percent), have more sex (25 percent), Travel more (24 percent), andread more books(23 percent), it is almost impossible to succeed for one reason: these resolutions are too broad. What does save money really mean? Is that $100, or $1,000 or $10,000? And how do you save it? By eating out less, by shopping less or working more?

Research shows that making broad sweeping resolutions, simply doesnt work, but dont despair. What the researchdoes showis that by making very specific resolutions, or rather, goals, people have a significantly increased chance of succeeding.


So, how does that work? Well, instead of saying you are going to lose weight, you would say you want to lose 50 lbs. Or instead of saying you want to have more sex, you would say you want to have sex at least 3 times per week. This greatly increases your chance at a successful resolution.

Further to that, those chances of success increase even more if the goals are small. That doesnt mean you cant move the goal post once you achieve that goal, and keep going, but you move that goalpost by small increments.

So instead of saying you want to lose 50 pounds, you would say you want to lose 5 pounds. Then when you lose 5 pounds, you would say you want to lose 5 pounds more and shift the goal post each time you lose those 5 pesky pounds.And losing 5 pounds doesnt sound all that hard right? I mean, come on, if you work out and intermittent fast for two days you can do that. Resolution achieved!(P.S. Believe me, I know the first 5 pounds are the easy ones and the rest are like climbing Mount Everest, but in the vein of my thinking positive resolution, Im saying go for it).

Now, the only other big tip that I could find serious and significant statistical research on that will help you succeed in your New Years resolution is the buddy system.

Now, when it comes to a resolution like having more sex, that is pretty much a given, but some of the others have a bit more leeway.


If your resolution is to read more books, which given our information above, should be to read one book in January, then try getting a buddy to do it with you. You dont even need to read the same book, but when you are held accountable by someone it greatly increases the chances of success.

But, on a personal note, make sure it isnt too good of a friend, or youll end up calling each other on January 30th and just getting together for a few drinks to laugh over the fact that you never got around to reading that thing.

The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Years resolutions some 4,000 years ago. Who are we to say we should stop this long-held tradition?

Bottom line: Resolutions are a chance to move forward with some positive change in your life but if youre going to do it be one of the people that succeeds. Make a specific resolution, make it a small resolution and if possible, get a buddy (but not too good of a buddy!) to do it with you.

Liberty Vittert is a professor of the Practice of Data Science at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and an ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society. Follow her on Twitter @libertyvittert.


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Liberty, Equality, and Identity – The Bulwark

Hand-in-hand with my grandchildren11-year-old Lucia and 9-year-old WilliamI recently walked out of the Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., filled with gratitude and a deeper understanding of what it means to be an American. Museums hold our personal and collective histories. The photographs and artifacts, the paintings and panoramas, the documents and maps, the uniforms and tattered textiles from lives long gone not only show us where we came from, but they help us understand who we are. Although I am white, I left the African American Museum with a deepened appreciation of the fact that my understanding of myself as an Americanindeed, my very identity, the sum of all the things that make me who I amowes a great deal to the African American experience.

We began our visit in the museum basement, in the bowels of the slave ships with the shackles and sickness, recoiling at the cruelty but also bearing witness to the indomitable human spirit. My granddaughter, Lucia, was visibly moved by both the suffering and the resilience. She lingered by an exhibit of one of the oldest and most influential books written by a slaveThe Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789). She asked her mother to take a picture of a line from the book quoted on the wall: We are torn from our country and friends, to toil for your luxury and lust of gain.

Equianos book recounts his perilous journey from a Nigerian village to the Caribbean to Virginia to England; from being sold by one slaveholder to another, to eventually buying his freedom from a Quaker; from becoming that same Quakers business partner to joining an abolitionist group in England. So gripping that it went through nine English-language editions in his lifetime, Equianos bestseller helped spur the British to pass the 1807 law abolishing the African slave trade. More than two centuries later, Equianos words still carry a strong punch. Lucia summarized her visit to the museum simply, I thought the exhibits and this quote were powerful and moving.

We ambled our way through four centuries of not only toil and trouble, but also of extraordinary achievement by African Americans in every field of human endeavor, from science, medicine, and technology to the creation of much of the most important literature, art, and music that informs our culture. The music and sports sections of the museum captured the imagination of my grandson, William. He stood mesmerized below a giant screen that streams videos of famous African American athletes. It was impressive, he said, that even though African Americans suffered so much, they were determined to play sports and play music and become heroes.

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Like my grandchildren, I was awed by the triumphs of individual African Americansbut what inspired me most was the persistent, unwavering faith of an oppressed people in the American ideal of equality, an ideal best and most famously expressed by a slave holder: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. Year after year, decade after decade, century after centurydespite very grim objective realitiesAfrican Americans held tight to the American founding rhetoric of equality and liberty. They have believed in the promise of America and, in their fights for liberty and rights and respect and dignity and equality, struggled relentlessly to realize that promise.

African Americans are not alone in treasuring the promise of America. Immigrants and refugees, representing every faith and ethnicity on earth, have fled famine, violence, political repression, religious discrimination, and economic hardship to build new lives here. Tearing themselves from families and friends, they headed for an alien shore that offered the hope of equality and opportunity. These immigrant communities, many of which have fully assimilated, have contributed enormously to our economy, politics, and culture.

As we wandered from gallery to gallery in the African American Museum, I thought about the alchemy that gives a nation its identity. The notion, popularized a century ago, of America as a melting pot in which various metals combine to form a durable alloy has lost credence. More recently, the metaphor of a salad bowlin which different cultures retain their distinctiveness, like ingredients tossed together and splashed with oil and vinegarhas been in vogue. Pollsters and pundits crudely pigeonhole us into groups, magnifying our differences and minimizing our commonalities.

Standing in the museums hall highlighting African American achievements in science, medicine, and technology, it occurred to me that we are not asking ourselves the essential question: Subtract from the grand total of America the contributions of our racial, religious, and economic minorities and what would we have left? Take just one statistic: Of the 919 individuals who have been awarded Nobel Prizes, more than 40 percent have been Americans. These men and women, recognized for their consequential advances in science and their profound impact on our culture, represent every major ethnic group in the United States. Their discoveries have led to better health care, spawned new businesses, reduced poverty, and ended wars. Where would we be without them?

And behind the famous few, awarded prizes and immortalized in biographies, are the nameless legions who came to America from all over the world and put down new roots here. Their labor went into just about every farm, every road, every bridge, every mine, and every factory in this country. And they contributed to every corner of our high culture and popular culture. Who would any of us be without the richness of our music and dance, our literature and art?

I walked out of the museum thinking about the enormous debt I owe to African Americans, not only for their forced labor that fueled our economy for centuries or their incredible forbearance in the face of ongoing discrimination, but also for all the ways they have enriched our common culture. And, I thought about the debt I owe to my fellow Americans of every race, religion, and national origin who have individually and collectively created our unique American civilization. Let us not forget our national motto: E pluribus unum, out of many, one. We would not be who we are without each other.

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Josh Richardson and others are right to call out Sixers’ effort – Liberty Ballers

The Philadelphia 76ers ended 2019 in true Sixers fashion. Following an impressive Christmas Day win over the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBAs best team, the Sixers went on an uninspiring three-game losing streak. While issues on offense and late game execution have produced some problems, a lack of consistent engagement has hurt the Sixers as well.

Following the Sixers latest defeat, a rough 115-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers on New Years Eve, Josh Richardson expressed his thoughts on whats wrong.

I dont think there theres enough accountability in our locker room right now, honestly, Richardson said after the game, per Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. I think that we got some new guys, who dont want to step on toes, including myself. I feel like we kind of go play and dont compete as much.

Theres been games that we have [competed], and its been great, Richardson added. But when its not going good, we got to hold each other accountable. I think thats where a lot of our problems start... Going forward, we got to talk to some people about it, and we got to do it. We talk about playing hard every day. We talk about, you know we break the huddle down with chip every day, and we got a long way to go before we actually start competing for that. I think our locker room has some growing to do.

Richardson isnt the only one to address the Sixers lack of engagement. Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons also talked about the team needing to rally and find consistency after the Pacers game, with Simmons mentioning effort as an issue after the last loss to Miami as well.

We were right there, said Simmons, per Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire. It starts in the first quarter. Weve got to carry the same energy all the way through. We cant wait for the last minute to pick it up.

Meanwhile, head coach Brett Brown sounded about as frustrated as hes ever been with his team following the latest loss to Orlando on December 27.

I dont even care about it, Brown said when asked about his thoughts on the Sixers late comeback to nearly steal a win, per NBC Sports Philadelphias Serena Winters. I really dont even care about it. I dont believe that we should have been in that position. And I think its hollow praise to go there. Im not going there. Its a physicality issue that we lost. And in fact, itll probably end up serving us well. Like it was a playoff-type of movement as far as the physical side of it. And I thought that we responded with a D-minus.

When questioned on the subject, Brown also admitted that its concerning that the Sixers play to the level of their opponent.

These comments are all fair. The Sixers have slipped to 8th in defensive rating largely due to spells of poor effort. And as simple as it may sound, theyve let some leads slip late in games due to taking their foot off the gas. With a dead average offense (currently ranked 15th), the Sixers need quality defense to carry them. Any lackadaisical play at that end of the floor is too costly when they dont have the offensive firepower or late-game execution to make up for slipping defensively.

The top of the Eastern Conference is close, as teams like the Celtics, Raptors and Heat have surpassed expectations to start the season. Games against weaker opposition cant be taken for granted. Home court advantage is important for everyone, especially a Sixers team that has played so differently at Wells Fargo Center. At home, the Sixers have a league-best 16-2 record (tied with Milwaukee) and rank 15th in offensive rating, 2nd in defensive rating, and 4th in net rating with an impressive mark of +9.7. On the road, their record is only 7-11 thanks to ranking 16th in offense and only 12th in defense. The result is a measly -1.8 net rating, which ranks just 12th.

That said, its important not to lose sight of the grand scheme of things. Of course, the Sixers still have offensive issues to correct and will always be limited there with the current roster. And yes, the short slump after Christmas is discouraging and highlights some of the teams season-long weaknesses. But it hasnt suddenly lowered their ceiling.

Theyre still an extremely talented team, they have a great defense whenever theyre locked in, and theyve performed well against the top teams in the East. The Sixers are 2-0 against Boston, 1-1 against Toronto, and just rolled past Milwaukee. Some of Philly's best basketball has come against elite opposition. Combined with their size, the difficult physical matchups they create for opponents, and defensive potential, this bodes well for the playoffs.

The sky isnt falling. Theres still a long way to go this regular season. Increased intensity on a more consistent basis and improved chemistry alone can help address the issues that Brett Brown and several of his players have talked about.

Next, the Sixers have to act accordingly. They just need these changes to start coming together sooner rather than later to maximize their chance of getting a top seed in the East. This team isnt good enough or proven enough to establish bad habits in the regular season and rely on flipping a switch when the time comes.

All statistics courtesy of NBA.com.

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This Week in Mid-Major: Liberty takes a page from UVa’s playbook, Bryant’s shot-swatter, the top 10 and more – The Athletic

Tony Bennett built Virginia from a mediocre program into a dominant team in the ACC before finally breaking all the way through with a national title last season. The Cavaliers have done it, of course, mostly on the strength of their pack-line defense. So what would it look like if a mid-major program followed the Virginia model?

The answer to that question can be found about an hour south of Charlottesville in Lynchburg, Va., home of the Liberty Flames. They lost, 74-57, at LSU on Sunday but had gotten off to a school-record 14-0 start. They also beat Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last March and boast a 33-4 record since beating UCLA last Dec. 29. They do it by playing what coach Ritchie McKay calls a shadow version of Virginia basketball.

Sure, lots of teams now use the pack-line defense or at least some elements of it. McKay himself was a longtime admirer of Bennetts father, Dick, and incorporated that style of play during...

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YEAR END: Liberty County baseball coach and wife electrocuted, son injured at baseball field – The News Herald

The accident happened around 12:45 p.m. and in full view of the students, team members and parents at the field. When EMS arrived, both adults were pronounced dead at the scene and their son was taken for treatment.

BRISTOL In a tragic accident that shook the community in March, a coach and his wife were electrocuted while their son was injured during a volunteer workday to clean the Liberty County High School Baseball Field.

Head Baseball Coach Corey Crum, 39, and his wife Shana Crum, 41, were killed and their son Chase Crum, 14, was injured in the accident.

The story was among The News Heralds top most-viewed in 2019.

According to Liberty County Sheriffs Office Chief Deputy John Summers, the team, along with other students and parents, were having a workday at the field to repair damage from Hurricane Michael. Corey Crum was operating a boom lift and unloading items from a trailer when the lift touched the overhead power lines, electrocuting him.

His wife Shana Crum then ran to his aid and in her attempts to help him, was electrocuted as well. Their son then attempted to help them both and was injured.

The accident happened around 12:45 p.m. and in full view of the students, team members and parents at the field. When EMS arrived, both adults were pronounced dead at the scene and their son was taken for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

After the accident, students who were at the field were taken to the Liberty County High School gym to wait for their parents. Summers said many of the students and the community were in shock at what theyd witnessed. Grief counselors were made available, according to Summers.

"Its terrible," Summers said. "Its just terrible."

Liberty County School Board member Kyle Peddle posted on his Facebook page the night of the accident about the communitys loss.

"Coaches have special places in the hearts of each one they coach," he wrote. "Coach Crum invested in our boys daily. They are better men because of it. We will recover we trust the Lord, and we are Bulldogs!"

Numerous school districts and baseball programs expressed sympathy and support for Liberty County following the tragedy.

"We join educators everywhere in expressing our deep sorrow for the loss of their coach and his wife," Bay District Schools posted on their Facebook page. "We hope for a speedy recovery for their son and for peace for all of the friends and family members who have suffered such a great loss. #WeAreAllLiberty."

This was Corey Crums first year as the head baseball coach after coaching junior varsity. According to the Democrat, Shana Crum was a health aid with the school district.

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Donald Trump, Jerry Falwell Jr., and Liberty Universitys Football Vision – The Ringer

Ill tell you a funny story, Jerry Falwell Jr. says.

Its about his school, Liberty University, and about its football team, the Flames, and about his friend, the most powerful man in the world. My wife and I attend a lot of Friday-night dinners with recruits, says Falwell, the president of Liberty, the conservative Southern Baptist university that ascended in 2018 from FCS to FBS football and will play in its first-ever bowl game this Saturday. Were talking last August, a few days before Libertys first FBS game.

Were sitting around a table like this one, Falwell continues, gesturing to our table in a conference room high above Libertys Lynchburg, Virginia, campus. Its me and my wife, and its the recruits father and his son, whos a running back.

He leans forward. He has a gray beard, blue eyes, and a charmed bluster. He smiles. The story is just getting good. And then my phone rings, he says. Its an unknown number. And I answered it. His eyes brighten.

It was the president.

Donald J. Trump, calling Falwell right in the middle of a recruiting dinner. He grins, remembering the moment. Hey, Jerry, he remembers Trump saying, I just wanted to tell you that you did a great job on CNN the other night. Falwell often appears on cable news to defend Trumps decisions and to bolster his connection with evangelical Christians.

We talk politics for a minute, he says, and he asks about BeckiFalwells wifeand he says hes glad she and Melania are becoming friends. And then, Falwell remembers, after a few minutes of small talk, Trump had a question:

So, hows the football team looking?

I went to Liberty to write about football. I went twice, once last year, for the programs very first FBS game, and again this July, to talk with the schools new head coach, Hugh Freeze. But thinking about Libertys football team is impossible without also thinking about the university at large, and any consideration of the university is colored by the legacy of its founder, Jerry Falwell Sr., and the public impact of its president, Falwell Jr., both giant figures in the history and present of politicized American evangelicalism; and all of this leads, inevitably, from thinking about football to thinking about God.

The difference between Liberty and other schools, says Turner Gill, Libertys coach until he resigned last winter to care for his wife as she deals with a heart condition, is that at Liberty, everywhere you go, you pray. Professors pray with you. Staff prays with you. If youre talking about something serious with someone, theyll say, Hey, lets pray about this. Liberty is the largest nonprofit Christian university in the country, a place where students and faculty enter most every conversation with an expectation that theyre talking to someone who shares their Christian faith. Prayer opens many classes and meetings. Casual conversation, even among strangers, is often peppered with evangelical slang. I was really on fire for the Lord, senior Ivory Edosomwan says of first arriving on campus as a first-year student, and Id never been surrounded by 15,000 Christians before. I was amazed.

Walk around Libertys campus, and it can feel at first glance like any other university, with gleaming facilities and cranes for new construction and students shuffling between classes, some in sweats and sandals, a few in Yeezys and Supreme. I graduated from another evangelical university, and the first layer of Libertys culture felt familiar: aggressively and startlingly nice. People are so happy and excited to talk with you, says Jake Page, the former student government association president, who graduated this spring. Whether youre passing in the hall or just walking outside, theyll welcome you, give you directions. Theres a spirit in Liberty students thats contagious. Theres a genuine joy.

Just underneath that first layer, though, the campuss culture reflects an assumed ideological sameness. Just like Harvard is known as a liberal institution, but you dont have to be a liberal to go there, says Falwell, you dont have to be a Christian here. But we attract Christians for the most part, and we attract conservative students for the most part, because everyone knows what Liberty stands for. Liberal students have to go searching for like minds. Students describe the English and religion departments as home to more liberal professors, and say social-justice-oriented ministry organizations are more liable to attract liberal students. Online, private Facebook groups serve as havens for LGBTQ students. For students who are a little more on the woke sidequote unquotefinding a community can be a struggle, says Hannah Hartsook, a student who helped start a group called LU for #MeToo. Ive definitely found that community, but its small.

Each student arrives on Libertys campus for their own personal reasons. Hartsook faced pressure from her parents. Edosomwan chose LU because it had a mechanical engineering program and the distinction of the worlds largest Christian university (though it has since been passed in enrollment by Arizonas Grand Canyon University). A number of football players say they chose the school for the same reason recruits choose any other school: They wanted playing time.

All arrive with their own personal mission, their own ambitions and desires. In 2019, though, its difficult to understand exactly what the universitys mission is. Though his father founded the Moral Majority, the Reagan-era movement that solidified the alliance between evangelicals and the Republican Party, Falwell Jr. is a lawyer, not a minister. His public comments focus far more on a Trumpian brand of conservative politics than on any expressions of faith. He has built the once-modest university into a national brand, using revenue from online education to fund a building boom on campus. It is a university founded on evangelical Christian theology, led by a president spreading nativist politics, expanding with the money of online students, most of whom live many miles away.

Libertys football players compete for themselves and their teammates. Its a family-like atmosphere, says Juwan Wells, who played defensive line for the Flames from 2015 to 2018. Like in any college football program, though, their play also serves to draw attention to their school. This Saturday, Liberty will play in the Cure Bowl, perhaps the biggest game in the programs history. All around the country, college football fans starved for games will flip to the CBS Sports Network and watch the Flames play Georgia Southern. Some might be learning about Libertys existence for the very first time.

In 2019, Liberty continues growing in size and stature, Falwell in influence and notoriety. The reputation of the university and that of the man who runs it are bound up together, intertwined. And lately Falwells personal conduct has drawn more scrutiny than ever before. In September, Politico published an investigative piece by Liberty alumnus Brandon Ambrosino, outlining a university culture that one administrator called a dictatorship. The piece also detailed university financial dealings that appeared to enrich people close to Falwell, including his son Trey, and anecdotes about Falwells loud and enthusiastic descriptions of his own sex life to subordinates on campus.

Students staged a protest against Falwell in September, a few holding signs that said We Want Change and calling for an independent investigation into Falwells leadership and conduct. (As of December, no investigation has been announced.) Falwell has threatened to sue Ambrosino and has called for the FBI to investigate an alleged criminal conspiracy by former board members who may have participated in the story. On campus, some students feel a certain tension. They love their classmates and many professors, but feel uneasy about what their university and its leader now represent. Says Hartsook: Jerry kinda sucks, but the school itself does not. Theyre pretty good people here.

Falwells father, Jerry Falwell Sr., founded the university in 1971, its football program two years later. He spoke then about building Liberty football into a national power, a program to compete with the likes of Alabama and USC. The idea, then as now, was that Liberty could represent for evangelicals what Notre Dame does for Catholics and Brigham Young University for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsa cultural unifier, a team and an institution in which members of the faith could feel a sense of investment, whether or not they attended the school. My dads goal, says Falwell Jr., was to create for evangelical young people a university that had all the facilities, the NCAA Division I sports, and the academics that any major secular university would have. That was the goal. It took decades for the university to build the resources necessary to compete anywhere near that level. Now, though, Falwell Jr. says the move to FBS is sort of the realization of that.

Just ask the coach. Here we are, getting to walk in that vision, says Freeze. Pretty neat.

Freeze is talking to me this July, sitting in a press box in Libertys stadium, a few weeks before his first season kicks off. I love a challenge, he says. If we can take this program to a bowl game in the first two, three, even four years, that would be pretty neat. Five months later, hes done it in year one. Im just overjoyed, he said after the Flames bowl matchup was announced. To stand here today knowing its a reality and that we are achieving something thats never been done before is really, really special.

Freeze has led his program to new heights and brought national attention, sometimes for reasons that have little to do with its play on the field. Early this season, he coped with a health scare in ways that became one of the strangest story lines in college football. In August, weeks after I interviewed Freeze, he underwent surgery for a debilitating staph infection. As he recovered, Freeze coached from a hospital bed and Skyped into a postgame press conference.

The images of Freeze coaching from a bed seemed to perfectly capture the beautiful ridiculousness of college football. Here was a man so committed to coachingor perhaps to giving the appearance of coachingthat he would lie prone on a mattress, shouting calls into a headset from beginning to end of a blowout loss.

This is Libertys coach. Offensive whiz, talented recruiter, man willing to coach from any surface, prone or upright, that his body allows. Freeze has also long been one of the sports most outspoken evangelical Christians. When we meet, Freeze looks healthy. He sounds confident. He talks about the opportunity before him. Freeze says he was drawn to Liberty by the schools faith-based mission, but admits, I wouldnt say thats the biggest thing.

The primary draw? It was the one school, he says, that offered me the opportunity to step back in as head coach.

You may have heard why.

The light was soft and warm, the stage massive and spare. Freeze stood before 13,000 students one morning in January 2018, his wife and his hometown pastor seated behind him, and started talking about sin. Freeze had been invited to speak at Libertys convocation, the thrice-weekly services held in the Vines Convocation Center, to tell the story of how he had lost his job.

Well, kind of. Freeze spent much of his time telling stories of others whove come back from failures, before eventually offering vague references to his own personal shortcomings. Can you have a genuine faith, he asked, and have a season in your life when you struggle with a sin?

Six months earlier, Freeze had resigned as head coach at the University of Mississippi, amid an NCAA investigation and reports of personal misconduct. Ole Miss faced 17 allegations of NCAA rules violations during Freezes tenure, most regarding impermissible benefits in the form of cash, merchandise, or food for recruits. Also in 2017, university phone records emerged showing multiple calls placed from Freezes university phone to numbers held by escort services. When Freeze resigned, the universitys statement said that he admitted to the administration a pattern of personal misconduct.

On stage, Freeze made no mention of specific ways hed failed. He kept things vague. I didnt honor my wife totally, he said. Freeze did, however, explain that hed been privately dealing with the consequences of his failures long before anything became public. He said, What I thought was a private sin I had struggled with, confessed to my wife. It became public. My world crumbled.

Libertys convocation felt like a fitting setting for a public apology. Liberty is a place where people come to get forgiveness from the public, says Edosomwan. Michael Vick has spoken there. So has Ray Rice. Forgiveness is, after all, baked into the core of evangelical Christian theology, which teaches that Jesuss crucifixion served as atonement for all of humanitys sins, and that anyone who asks God for forgiveness is saved from punishment for those sins.

During his talk, Freeze said to the crowd, I am sorry. Please forgive me. In a matter of seconds, someone called back, We forgive you! The students cheered.

In our interview, Freeze again declined to give details on his misconduct, but he said of his family, They know exactly what I did. He spoke about initial anger at the coverage of his resignation. I used to really get frustrated with that, he said. But I finally came to the conclusion, Look, if I had never done anything wrong, they couldnt write anything or get their own assumptions.

Once, a coach with Freezes rsum would have been well out of Libertys league. For years, the university barely remained afloat. I remember times when my father and I spent weekends talking to donors and lenders about loaning us money to cover the paychecks that had gone out the Friday before, Falwell Jr. says. We were that close to the edge for so long. The school turned around its finances by investing in online and distance learning, becoming a nonprofit competitor with institutions such as the University of Phoenix.

Liberty now has more than 100,000 students, about 85 percent of whom attend online. As the university found solid financial footing and the quality of its facilities rose, Liberty began exploring the possibility of finally making the jump to FBS earlier this decade. NCAA rules require a team to move up into a conference, rather than as an independent, but Liberty couldnt come to an agreement after conversations with the Sun Belt and Conference USA. (Falwell said the Sun Belt rejected Liberty because of its politics. The Sun Belt disagreed.) In 2017, the NCAA granted the school an exception, allowing it to move up with no conference.

The move has been overseen by athletic director Ian McCaw. Like Freeze, McCaw once worked in the highest levels of college sports, as AD at Baylor. And like Freeze, he resigned amid scandal. McCaw stepped down in 2016, after the university released the findings of an external investigation, in which the law firm Pepper Hamilton found specific failings within both the football program and the Athletics Department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence. The report also expressed significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylors football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of athlete misconduct.

Several students I interviewed did not even know who McCaw was, much less what had happened under his watch at Baylor. Joel Schmieg, the former sports editor of Libertys student newspaper, The Liberty Champion, followed his hire closely. I was really upset, he says. To me, that was the biggest step in Liberty putting sports above everything, just like any other school. Schmieg had followed Liberty sports obsessively since the moment he arrived on campus, traveling to road games as a fan, covering playoff runs as a student reporter. It was like, What do I do now? How do I root for this? Its my own school, and I dont even want to root for them anymore.

Falwell bristles when asked about McCaws handling of sexual assault reports at Baylor. We did a lot of due diligence, he says, and I believe in him. We looked into it and couldnt find where he had done anything wrong. And everybody we talked to on the board down there said, He will never embarrass you. Hes golden.

McCaw denies responsibility for the culture of his department at Baylor. It was a university-wide, systemic problem, he says, sitting in his office in 2018. He points to a deposition, which he gave last year as part of an ongoing lawsuit, in which he discussed the dynamics at Baylor in greater depth. In the deposition, McCaw referred to the Pepper Hamilton report and other moves by the university as an elaborate plan that essentially scapegoated the black football players and the football program for being responsible for what was a decades-long, university-wide sexual assault scandal.

I relayed all of this to Brenda Tracy, the woman who has become the most prominent activist voice regarding issues related to sexual violence in college football. Of course there was a campus-wide problem, says Tracy, who spoke to Baylors football team several months after McCaws resignation. But to say that athletics wasnt centered in all of thisthat is wrong for them to say that.

Like Schmieg, Hartsook says that McCaws hiring mostly went unnoticed by students, but among those paying attention, she says, It was politicized. In Hartsooks conversations with other students about McCaws hiring, she says, Most people took a really defensive stance on it. They either said he did nothing wrong, or they said, Were supposed to be Christians and forgive. This emphasis can feel, at times, like weaponized theology. Grace becomes the enemy of justice. As a Christian university, Hartsook says, we should be holding leadership to a higher standard. But it feels like were not.

Liberty wants to compete. This means recruiting the best players it can find, regardless of how closely they hew to the universitys professed beliefs. I dont treat it any differently from any other schools Ive been, says Freeze. I dont know if I should or I shouldnt. I dont know what the answer is. I still look for the same kind of kid I looked for at Arkansas State or Ole Miss. Number one, does he fit with our program? Is he a gym rat? Does he love to compete? I dont ask, Well, is he an angel?

Freeze says he doesnt bring up the universitys faith-based mission early in the recruitment process, but that he discusses it openly when asked. Im happy to tell them, This is a difference between this university and others. How you view that difference is ultimately going to be up to you. He tells them its a Christian school, that they will hear and see Christian teaching most every day theyre on campus. I hope it attracts you at some point, he says he tells them, but that doesnt go into me deciding whether we offer you a scholarship.

Libertys last two recruiting classes have ranked near the bottom of FBS, as expected of a program new to this level. (The current class looks to be an improvement, ranked no. 92 in the country.) When I ask players what drew them to Liberty, most say their decision was about football first. The coaches made it clear, says Wells, who chose Liberty over offers from Old Dominion and Troy, you can have the chance to compete for a starting job from the moment you get on campus. If you have the talent, youre going to get a shot. Says senior quarterback Stephen Calvert, a former three-star recruit who had offers from FIU and USF: The facilities are amazing. These are way better than at any of the other programs that were recruiting me. Bejour Wilson says that on his visit he could sense that the team felt like family, and Ceneca Espinoza Jr. explains that he felt a loyalty to the Flames for offering him a scholarship before anyone else.

But Espinoza also felt drawn to the schools religious affiliation. At home I believed in God, but I wasnt really a strong believer, said Espinoza. I felt like here I could really develop myself. Others liked what the schools culture can help to limit: I wanted no distractions, said Antonio Gandy-Golden, seeming to refer to the lack of a party atmosphere on campus. Just focus on football and school and nothing else. I love that aspect of it.

While neither Freeze nor Gill told me their players needed to be Christians, Gill emphasized the fact that once his players arrive on campus, theyd be fed a steady diet of Scripture and Christian teachingsin their classes and in convocation, at the very least. This university is evangelical, he said. That means youre trying to find the lost and bring them to Christ.

Christianity is built around a man who taught peace and nonviolence; football is among the worlds most brutal sports. I tell Falwell a story about someone I know, a high-level administrator at a Christian university, who has resisted developing a football program because of worries that the sports culture clashes with its mission. Its a challenge, Falwell says, but the positives outweigh the negatives. It brings attention to your school. That shines a light on your Christian mission.

I mention this to Schmieg. The idea of using sports to broadcast the message of Jesus is awesome, he says. But here, I think most of the time it comes off as broadcasting Liberty instead of the message of Jesus.

And these days, drawing attention to Liberty means drawing attention to Falwell. The universitys president has carved out a public identity as a Trump-promoting talking head, appearing regularly on camera to defend the president on everything ranging from charges of stoking anti-Semitism to criticisms of his personal morality after the release of an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragging about grabbing women by the pussy.

Falwell insists, time and again, that these are only his personal views, that hes not representing the university. But after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, Falwell spiked a student newspaper column by Schmieg in which Schmieg criticized Trumps defense of his words as locker-room talk. Schmieg says he felt compelled by his own faith to speak out against Trumps words and actions. After the administration killed his column, he resigned from the student paper. I wasnt fired, but if I had stayed it would have felt like I had to fall in line, or else, he says. I wasnt interested in that. By giving up his role at the paper, Schmieg says, he was giving up the scholarship money that came with it too. It sucked, he says. I loved my job. I loved being a part of that newspaper. (Falwell said that he spiked the column because the paper was already running a proHillary Clinton letter to the editor, and that running both would be redundant.)

Falwell used the same defense of Trump then that he has used so many times since, the same defense that seems to follow so many around campus. Were all sinners, he says. People say, How can you support a sinner like Donald Trump? Were all sinners. Come on now. Nobodys better than anybody else. Here, again, is the tension between the Christian compulsion toward forgiveness and the Christian compulsion toward just doing the right thing. Says Hartsook: Forgiveness is used as a manipulative tool. Its like, Forgive me because the Bible says so, even if I never have to take responsibility for anything I did wrong.

Falwell uses Jesuss words as justification for his support of Trump. Yet the core of what Jesus taught centered on embracing the stranger, caring for the poor and the sick. (On Thursday, Christianity Todays editor-in-chief wrote an editorial using a theological justification to advocate for Trumps removal from office.) How does Falwell reconcile his faith with his support of a president who has consistently spoken ill of racial and religious minorities in this country, who has drawn the support of white supremacists, who has built much of his political identity around policies of keeping those less fortunate strangers from entering our country?

Jesus never told Caesar how to run Rome, he said. He told us as his followers, as believershe told us that its our job to help those in need, to help the least of these. He never said to Caesar to take money from the rich and give it to the poor. This is a common refrain among some conservative Christians regarding social welfare policies. Caring for the poor is the job of the church, not of the government. Its very clear, he continues. And people get confused by that. They think, Oh, Jesus said to help the poor. Doesnt that mean the United States should let in anybody that wants to come? Well, the United States is not a theocracy. Its not meant to be run according to the teachings of Jesus. Im sorry, but its not.

Falwell is one of the bulwarks of the religious right, an heir to his fathers Moral Majority. His family has built its legacy on the intertwinement of faith and politics, fighting for prayer in schools and against gay marriage. Yet Falwell seems to be suggesting that his political activity is no longer guided by his Christian beliefs. So I ask how much his faith informs his political views.

Not at all, he says.

Without pausing, he rushes into an explanation. I mean, I believe what I do politically because I believe its whats best for the country. And I take to heart what Jesus said. Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars and unto God the things that are Gods. Theyre two different things. In years past, many within the religious right have seemed to equate Christian belief with conservative politicsparticularly on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Falwell, though, justifies his support for Trump by suggesting that faith and politics need not be intertwined. I think you can be a liberal, a conservative, or a libertarian, and still be a good Christian.

I refer back to what Falwell said earlier, that he sees Trump as a Christ-centered man.

Well, Falwell says, Ive never talked to him about that in particular. But I think hes a good man. I do think hes a Christian. To be clear, Jerry Falwell Jr., one of Trumps first and loudest supporters from the religious right, a man who talks to the president often, who began our conversation by bragging about getting a phone call from him during a recruiting dinner, and who has developed his own platform through his presidency of the nations best-known evangelical university, said that he doesnt talk to the president about faith.

Hartsook says that after both the Politico piece and a Reuters piece that quoted emails in which Falwell called a student retarded, support for Falwells leadership has waned, even among more politically and religiously conservative students. The rules we have to follow, he breaks them all the time, says Hartsook. According to the schools code of conduct, The Liberty Way, students can be fined for using obscene, profane, or abusive language. Says Hartsook: Its not enforced with him.

When he ran the program, Gill seemed unbothered by Falwells political outspokenness. It has never been an issue for our football team, he said. Hes speaking on behalf of himself, not on behalf of the university, and people can agree or disagree, and thats OK.

Administrators see the football program as a way to unite Libertys increasingly diverse student body, connecting students and alumni from across the country and even the world. They tell stories of students who never set foot on campus until arriving in Lynchburg to walk across the stage at graduation. Theyre just as much of a part of this school as the on-campus students, says McCaw. Athletics can give them a great way to connect to the university.

In his campaign for student government association president, Page ran on a platform of building school spirit among the student body. Were such a young school, he says, that we dont have the traditions that so many other schools do. I felt like by building those, we can build a deeper sense of pride among the student body. He worked to centralize tailgating before football games, to design and offer class rings available to students near graduation.

How much that translates into a fan base invested in the football programs success remains to be seen. Players and coaches have spoken at length about the energy they feel around campus, the excitement that has accompanied the programs ascension to the highest level. Schmieg says hes seen the administration go all in on promoting the program, but he adds, From a student perspective, though, I dont think most people care.

In 2018, Liberty had an average attendance of 17,047, which ranked 110th out of 130 FBS programs. (The schools stadium capacity is 25,000.) This year, attendance improved to 18,272, though its unclear where that ranks among FBS programs. The product on the field is improving. The energy around the program is growing, if slowly. Liberty remains far from Falwell Sr.s dream of truly competing with the likes of Alabama or Notre Dame, but Liberty football matters more now than it ever has.

Back in his office, Falwell Jr. isnt quite done with his story. The one about the recruiting dinner, about the phone call from Trump, about the time the president told Falwell he did a great job on CNN. Sitting around the table, he holds his smile and continues. After Trump asked about the football program, he says. I handed the phone to Turner.

I used to watch you play at Nebraska, Falwell says, imitating Trumps conversation with Gill, still Libertys coach at the time. You were the best quarterback they ever had!

Soon enough, Gill handed the phone back to Falwell, and Falwell traded banter with Trump for a few moments more. Finally, Falwell says, he hung up and returned his attention to the dinner, as well as to the football recruit and his family who were sitting at his table. The boys dad was just sitting over there, Falwell says, and hes just like, Oh, my God.

He shrugs. Anyway, he says, that was our last recruit. Falwell leans back and he smiles, pleased with his team and his school, his president and himself.

We got him.

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Stephen Calvert, Liberty Top Georgia Southern 23-16 to Win 2019 Cure Bowl – Bleacher Report

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The Liberty Flames won a postseason game just two years after their move to the FBS,defeating the Georgia Southern Eagles in the 2019 Cure Bowl at Orlando'sExploriaStadium on Saturday.

Quarterback Stephen Calvert led the way for Liberty. The senior wasn't perfect, as he had two turnovers, but he had 270 yards passing in the win.

The defense did a terrific job of stifling Georgia Southern's potent rushing attack. The Eagles had 154 yards, but they needed 46 carries to get there.

Georgia Southern put together a valiant effort after it fell behind 23-7, but the offense couldn't put the ball in the end zone. Only one of its four trips to the red zone resulted in a touchdown; kicker Tyler Bass did go 3-of-3 on field goalsnone longer than 35 yards.

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Big Plays, Defense Carry Liberty to First Bowl Win

The hallmark for Liberty's success in 2019 was its explosive offense, whichranked34th in the FBS with 442.5 yards per game. That group scored at least 35 points in five of its seven regular-season wins.

It wasn't a surprise, then, to see the Flames open up the playbook Saturday. Calvert didn't have a great game by completion percentage, but he still managed two touchdown passes.

Liberty's first score of the game came on a perfect play call when the Eagles were caught off guard on a play-action fake that left Johnny Huntley wide open in the middle of the field for a 57-yard touchdown.

Georgia Southern's offense is the antithesis of Liberty's. Head coach Chad Lunsford utilizes a run-heavy scheme that has produced tremendous success in his two full seasons with the program.

The Eagles entered the Cure Bowl ranked eighth in the nation with 261.5 rushing yards per game. They certainly didn't abandon their ground attack Saturday, especially early on in keeping pace with Liberty.

After Georgia Southern tied the score at seven, the Flames settled in on both sides of the ball to take control. Calvert had consecutive completions of 18 and 30 yards on the next drive, and the defense committed a pass interference penalty for 15 yards.

Those big plays set up Joshua Mack's go-ahead touchdown run from three yards out. The Flames added a field goal at the end of the second quarter to go up 16-7 at the intermission.

Coming out for the third quarter, Hugh Freeze's offense kept its foot on the gas pedal. Antonio Gandy-Golden used his 6'4" size to beat Liberty cornerbackMonquavion Brinsonin one-on-one coverage for an easy touchdown catch.

The Eagles responded with a field goal soon after. Calvert was picked off three plays after that, but his defense came up with a stop on 3rd-and-8 to force a field goal on fourth down.

Neither team could get anything going against the opposing defense over the final 18 minutes of game time. Four consecutive drives ended in punts, including a run of three straight three-and-outs between both offenses until Georgia Southern went 55 yards in 13 plays late in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles had an opportunity to get the ball back with an onside kick in the final two minutes of regulation. It initially appeared like they recovered the ball, but officials called an illegal touch because it didn't travel 10 yards.

Liberty was able to run out the clock and seal the program's biggest win in its short FBS history. Freeze and his staff have this team trending in the right direction as it builds toward 2020.

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Akron faces Liberty in Washington – WVVA TV

Akron (9-2) vs. Liberty (13-0)

, Entertainment & Sports Arena, Washington; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Akron and Liberty are set to collide in a postseason game in Washington. Liberty earned a 66-54 win over Towson in its most recent game, while Akron won 62-61 against Tulane in its last outing.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Xeyrius Williams is averaging 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds to lead the way for the Zips. Loren Cristian Jackson is also a key facilitator, maintaining an average of 14.5 points and 4.9 assists per game. The Flames have been led by Scottie James, who is averaging 9.9 points and 7.8 rebounds.WATCH OUT FOR WILLIAMS: Williams has connected on 28.1 percent of the 89 3-pointers hes attempted and has made 15 of 39 over the last five games. Hes also converted 87.5 percent of his free throws this season.

UNDEFEATED WHEN: Akron is a perfect 9-0 when the team blocks at least three opposing shots. The Zips are 0-2 this season when they block fewer than three shots.

THREAT BEHIND THE ARC: Akrons Tyler Cheese has attempted 46 3-pointers and connected on 37 percent of them, and is 5 for 15 over the last five games.

TOUGH DEFENSE: Liberty has held opposing teams to 50.5 points per game this season, the second-lowest figure among all Division I teams.


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Liberty Media Floated the Idea of Buying IndyCar Alongside its F1 Acquisition – Essentially Sports

According to some reports, Formula 1 owners Liberty Media toyed with the idea of buying American open-wheel series, IndyCar. Back in 2017, the mass media giant acquired the rights to F1, with Chase Carey replacing former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Since then, the company has been hard at work, trying to modernise the sport and one idea is, potentially expanding Formula 1 into other motorsports.

Chief executive Greg Maffei told Forbes.There are emerging sports that could be considered as well, starting with motorsports would be the most natural but thats not to say theres nothing else that could work.

Recently, Liberty Media entered a bidding war with Penske Corporation, but the latter held firm and completed a takeover of the American series. In addition to the series, Penske also bought the rights to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

According to a report from Auto Motor und Sport, the company backed out an initial asking price of $250 million. Further adding credit to this news, were claims that Sky Sports UK added IndyCar coverage to their F1 channel as part of a huge new broadcast deal.

However, nothing came of it, though Liberty is not giving up the ghost, as Maffei told Forbes that Liberty is continuing to search for mergers and acquisitions and synergistic investments.

He concluded,We think there are things we can do. We like the live event area. We like the sports area. There are things that are synergistic with F1. We bid on a bunch of assets.

Unfortunately prices remain high. We will see but there are things we think we will do over the next four years in this space and we will certainly try.

For now, though, F1 and IndyCar will continue as two separate entities, and the former enters its 70th year.

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Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 and 2 Pro true wireless buds are down to $60 and $110 ($40 off) – Android Police

True wireless earbuds are everywhere these days, and if you don't already own at least one pair, you're probably considering some. If you don't expect to receive a pair for the holidays, perhaps you'll want want to pick some up on a pretty good discount. Anker's Soundcore Liberty 2 earbuds are $40 off, bringing them down to just $59.99 for the standard model and $109.99 for the Pro version.

We reviewed the Liberty 2 Pro and came away with a really good impression of the audio quality, especially with the HearID technology, and a good design for controlling the audio and assistant with the buttons. You should be able to get 8 hours of listening per charge, with a total of 32 hours with assistance from the case, which also happens to support Qi wireless charging. Here's the product page with additional details.

Amazon's price has held pretty steady at $109.99 for the last few days, and it's unclear when it will be returning to MSRP, but you may not want to wait too long if you're interested in the higher-end model.

The lower-priced Liberty 2 is pretty similar to the Pro in most ways, but the case lacks Qi wireless charging, and it's often reported to be less comfortable to wear for long listening sessions, but that will vary depending on the fit to your ears. The official product page has additional details.

Best Buy's discount on the Liberty 2 is available for today only. If you want to jump on some good earbuds for well below $100, this is probably one of the best opportunities, assuming they'll be comfortable for you.

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Diventures’ new 60-foot-pool in North Liberty is heated and ready for scuba divers in training – The Gazette

NORTH LIBERTY Diventures in North Liberty opened a brand-new facility last month not far from Interstate 380, complete with a 60-foot pool and a retail store, and the timing could not be better, say its managers.

The water and the air temperature in our pool is about 88 degrees consistently, so its a really comfortable training environment, Store Manager Ryan Bruns said.

As the temperatures dip, customers from around the Corridor can visit Diventures to not only dream of warm weather destinations, but also stock up on swim and scuba gear and take lessons to prepare for scuba diving experiences.

Our biggest focus is safety and fun in the water, Bruns said.

Diventures opened the new location at the beginning of November.

We really have a wide spectrum of students, he said, noting lessons start for participants as young as 10 years old but that 15- to 18-year-olds make up a big portion or its scuba students, as well as 30- to 35-year-olds and those hitting retirement with plans to travel.

Bruns said one option for courses is its Try Scuba class two and a half hours in one day exposing customers to scuba diving and feeling safe and comfortable.

Diventures Open Water Diver Certification includes four elements, Bruns said, starting with an online learning component and classroom review with a certified instructor.

From there we get in the pool and cover all the skills you need while diving, including what happens if you start cramping, or if you get water in your mask, he said.

The course ends with an open water dive in a local quarry.


We also have some people do all the certification stuff here at Diventures and then complete their training on one of our trips in Cozumel, for example, Bruns added.

The Diventures team sets up anywhere from 30 to 40 scuba diving adventures each year that are open to the public.

Our travel department takes care of all the footwork, and we send our own instructors along, according to Retail Manager Nate Northup.

Another element of the new building is the increase in space for Diventures retail component.

This is three times the size we had before, Northup said. We have a lot more room to offer more top-brand swim and scuba gear options with our dedicated retail space.

Plus we do offer maintenance and service for anything we sell. We can help customers make sure their equipment is working properly.

General swimming lessons start for as young as 5 months old, up through adults.

With a ratio of four students to one instructor, it offers a better learning environment with individualized attention, Bruns said.

Diventures also offers open swim and family swim sessions.

We are going to start offering dive-in movie nights as well, which we are really looking forward to, he said.


Diventures which also has locations in Omaha, Neb., Springfield, Mo., and Madison, Wisc. first opened in North Liberty in a different location in 2017 without a pool.

We had a storefront right on Highway 965 as the planning and development for this was underway, Bruns recalled. We came into the market with the intent to build what we have now.

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Store manager: Ryan Bruns

Retail manager: Nate Northup

Business: Diventures

Address: 1895 W. Penn St., North Liberty

Phone: (319) 665-2741

Website: diventures.com

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