LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Liberty Flames have been known to get creative on social media, especially with their videos.
First, there was the time that their freshmen had some fun with the idea of commitment videos. In a press conference, three student-athletes picked from different textbooks to declare their major at the university.
Shortly after the video surfaced, the Flames had some more trickery up their sleeves. At the team’s first meeting after the players arrived for the fall semester, head coach Ritchie McKay surprised redshirt junior Zach Farquhar with a scholarship for the 2017-18 season.
Farquhar was bombarded with hugs and cheers from his teammates, and rightfully so.
Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, and the Flames were back at it once more. Again, it was at the expense of Farquhar, who is now a redshirt senior with the program. McKay had something else up his sleeve for the native of Cincinnati, OH, but he got some help from the Chief of Police with the Liberty University Police Department.
Colonel Richard D. Hinkley entered the gymnasium where the Flames were practicing, and after ‘chatting’ with Coach McKay, Farquhar was called over to talk with the two in regards to another parking violation.
Farquhar had received a parking ticket in the past, and if he were to receive another one, he wouldn’t be allowed to park on campus. From there, the rest is history.
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Coach McKay and his staff were waiting to see if they were able to land anyone on the transfer market or from high school in the late period, but opted to award Farquhar with the team’s final scholarship in his final year of eligibility.
Just like last season, Farquhar was bombarded with hugs and cheers from his teammates, and you could see the relief on his face; relief that he didn’t receive another parking violation, and relief that he was once again on full scholarship at Liberty.
What a cool moment for Zach, and what better way to utilize the team’s last scholarship than to award it to one of their own who has put in a ton of work for the team, both on and off the court.
– T. Bennett