#22 Syracuse blanks Liberty, 24-0, in 2019 season opener
The game had a series of firsts, as the contest marked the first time a Power 5 and top-25 ranked FBS team had visited Lynchburg. The game was also the first for head coach Hugh Freeze at Liberty, who experienced his own unique first in his nine-year coaching career.
For the first time in Freeze’s head coaching career, he coached from the booth inside of the sidelines. Following a surgery brought on by back spasms and staph infection on Aug. 16, Freeze’s on-field coaching has been limited due to his recovery process.
Thanks to the creative of Liberty’s campus facilities and IT staffs, Freeze was able to perform most of his normal game day duties from the booth.
A hospital bed in the coaching booth elevated Freeze so he could see the field and Webex technology allowed Freeze to speak with this team in the locker room pregame, halftime and postgame.