Jesus at the Big Dance

Liberty University got a chance at basketball glory this year.

As World Magazine reports, Liberty’s men’s basketball team squeaked into the NCAA tournament.  They quickly squeaked back out again.

As we’ve noted at ILYBYGTH, Liberty has used its flood of on-line-student tuition money to build up both its campus and its athletic programs.

The school, founded in 1971 by televangelist Jerry Falwell, always wanted to inject conservative evangelical Protestant values into mainstream American life.  It had hoped to raise up a new generation of lawyers, doctors, and teachers who would bring conservative Christian values into their everyday professional lives.

Now it has expanded those dreams.  With tens of thousands of tuition-paying on-line students, Liberty is rolling in money.  It has used that money, in part, to build up world-class athletic programs.

This first shot at NCAA hoopla since 2004* represents another example of Liberty’s long-term hopes.

*Updated and corrected thanks to CV.

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  1. FYI, this is actually the 3rd time Liberty has been in the NCAA Tournament. They also made the tournament in 1994 and 2004.

    • Thanks for pointing that out. I didn’t read the World article carefully enough. More proof that I am not a true basketball fan.

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