LINCOLN — In January, former Nebraska running backs coach Ron Brown said he was following fired Husker coach Bo Pelini to Youngstown State because of Pelini’s “courage” and “loyalty.”
According to Football Scoop — a clearinghouse website for coaching news — Brown will have spent all of three months with Pelini at YSU before joining the staff of former Husker quarterback and coach Turner Gill at Liberty University.
Brown and Gill, now the Flames’ head coach, coached as assistants together at Nebraska for 12 seasons from 1992-2003. Both became well-known as Christians during their time at Nebraska, and they became close friends. Liberty has a vacant wide receivers coaching job; a message left for Gill with a Liberty assistant was not immediately returned. A call to Brown’s last known cell phone number was not answered.
Liberty’s staff includes several former Husker coaches and players, including Joe Dailey, former NU graduate assistant Aaron Stamn and former NU offensive line coach Dennis Wagner.
In three seasons, Gill has compiled a 23-14 record at Liberty, a Southern Baptist college in Lynchburg, Virginia, founded in 1971 by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who died in 2007. His son, Jerry Falwell Jr., is the school’s chancellor. The Flames advanced to the FCS playoffs in 2014. Gill took the Liberty job after he was fired at Kansas, which gave him only two seasons.
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