The JMU football team will be on the road for the second straight game to open the 2014 season, traveling to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to take on Lehigh. Both teams are receiving votes in the The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Polls.
Audio coverage of the game will be via the JMU/nTelos Wireless Broadcast Network including flagship station wsva 550 AM in Harrisonburg and MadiZONE HD SportsNet presented by the JMU Alumni Association. The Patriot League Network will also provide free video coverage accessible via Lehighsports.com.
The Coaches: James Madison head coach Everett Withers (Appalachian State, ’86) is 0-1 in his first season at JMU and his second as a head coach overall with a 7-7 record.
Lehigh head coach Andy Coen (Gettysburg, ’86) is in his ninth year of coaching the Mountain Hawks and as a head coach overall, starting 2014 with a 59-33 record.
History With Lehigh: This will be the third time that the two schools have met, with each team having won once, though both games have been contested at Lehigh. It will be the first time the two teams have played since the 2004 I-AA Playoff first-round game at Lehigh, where the Dukes escaped with a 14-13 victory en route to the program’s first national championship. There is a return game scheduled for next September when the Mountain Hawks making their first trip to Harrisonburg.