published Friday, January 6th, 2012

UTC loses Fobbs to Gill at Liberty

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team is in the market for a new running backs coach.

After two seasons with the Mocs, Jamaal Fobbs is leaving UTC for a job at Liberty University of the Big South Conference. Liberty recently hired former Kansas coach Turner Gill to take over the program, replacing Danny Rocco, who left for Richmond.

"He was a great recruiter and as professional as they come," Mocs coach Russ Huesman said of Fobbs. "He's really good right now, but he'll move up the ladder pretty quick. You'll see him at a [Bowl Championship Series] school before too long."

Fobbs, who had a productive playing career as a running back and return man at Oklahoma State, said he got a lot out of his time at UTC. Before joining the Mocs he was an offensive administrative intern at Tennessee.

"I definitely learned a lot of different things [at UTC] and I'm sad about leaving a good group of running backs," Fobbs said. "It's a good group and I'm sure they'll have nothing but success in the future."

The Mocs return all of their running backs from last season.

When Liberty hired Gill last month it also announced that the Lynchburg, Va., school would look into moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision. Liberty has had six straight winning seasons and won at least a share of four straight Big South titles before coming up a game short in 2011.

Huesman said he's focused on recruiting right now and will seriously begin looking for a new coach in early February. The Mocs' staff had remained intact for two years before Fobbs' departure.

Fobbs is the second assistant coach UTC has lost to Gill in the past five years. Following the 2007 season, defensive line coach Vantz Singletary joined Gill at Buffalo. Singletary is on the staff at Liberty.

Also on Gill's staff is former Western Carolina coach Dennis Wagner, who will be the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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