Liberty hires former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw to same position

12 September 2015: A Liberty Flames helmet on the turf during warmups prior to the game between the Liberty Flames and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV. West Virginia defeated Liberty 41-17.
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According to an initial report from ESPN on Monday afternoon, former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw has been hired to the same position at Liberty. While Liberty is a much smaller school than Baylor, a member of the heralded Big 12 Conference, McCaw was notably forced to move on from the Bears after a sexual assault scandal promptly ended his tenure at the school.

“My vision for Liberty is to position it as a pre-eminent Christian athletic program in America and garner the same type of appeal among the Christian community as Notre Dame achieves among the Catholic community and BYU garners from the Mormons,” said McCaw.

McCaw, who resigned from his post at Baylor back on May 30, will replace former Liberty athletic director Jeff Barber, who unexpectedly resigned on November 18. Interestingly enough, however, it appeared that none of Liberty’s athletic department officials were aware of the hire until McCaw walked through the door for his introductory press conference on Monday.

“Ian’s success really speaks for itself,” Liberty president Jerry Falwell, Jr. said in a statement. “You look at what Baylor was able to do during his tenure, it fits perfectly with where we see our sports programs going. This is an exciting time for us.”

Under his leadership at Baylor, the Bears won five national championships and registered 58 Big 12 titles. While Baylor has continued to excel at men’s and women’s basketball in addition to football, the aforementioned scandal ultimately ousted the veteran – and successful – athletic director.

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