Friday, April 24, 2015

Liberty University hires notoriously antigay assistant football coach

Above, Brown testifying against proposed LGBT antibias
additions to Omaha municipal charter, subsequently passed
In the wake of head coach Bo Pellini's firing by Nebraska, Brown's contract was not renewed.
     Brown followed Pellini to Ohio, but will now coach at ultra-right wing Liberty University, after being hired by head coach Turner Gill, an NU alumnus and former assistant coach at Nebraska, with whom Brown worked for 13 years.
     From Chris Lang, of the Lynchburg News Advance:
      Liberty is set to hire longtime Nebraska assistant coach Ron Brown as its new wide receivers coach, according to the coaching industry website was not retained in Lincoln after Mike Riley took over as the Cornhuskers’ head coach.
     ...Speaking of his relationship with Gill in a 2010 Lincoln Journal Star story: “All kinds of things that have gone on in life that you share. That’s the beauty of coaching and friendships. Even when you leave in the coaching profession, and you don’t stay together forever, you can have a friend that you still connect with in a powerful way. That’s very special. And Turner and I have that.”
      Liberty University touts itself as:
...a pioneer in online education, allowing non-traditional learners around the world access to the same quality programs as residential students. Overall enrollment has increased from 64,000 in 2010 to more than 100,000 today. Liberty is now the largest private, nonprofit four-year college in the country, the nation’s fifth largest university, and the largest college in Virginia.
     Left unmentioned in Liberty's self-promotion is the University's huge amount of federal financial aid — $445,000,000 in 2010 alone ($25,000,000 more than the government gave to NPR.) according to Alex Parene at Salon.

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