Liberty hires Turner Gill as coach

Updated: December 15, 2011, 7:17 PM ET
By David Ubben | ESPN.com

Turner Gill didn't go very long before finding a new job.

The former Kansas coach was introduced Thursday afternoon as the new coach at FCS school Liberty, a Christian university in Lynchburg, Va.

"In our search for a new head football coach, almost every adviser recommended Turner Gill," chancellor and president Jerry Falwell Jr. said in a university release.

"Every indication is that he is a perfect fit for Liberty University. His experience is at the level where we would like to take our football program. His Christian faith is strong and sincere and what any new recruit would expect to see in a Liberty University head football coach. I think Liberty University and Turner Gill were made for each other."

Falwell also said the school would look into possibly moving up to the Bowl Subdivision, and has contracted with Carr Sports Associates to conduct an FBS feasibility study.

Gill replaces Danny Rocco, who left to take the top job at Richmond earlier this month.

Gill, 49, went just 5-19 as Kansas' coach before being fired Nov. 27.

Kansas replaced him with former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, who had served as offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs and Florida Gators in the interim.

David Ubben covers the Big 12 for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.