Tag: mickey matthews

JMU hurting itself with negativity over Brady, Withers?

JMU is once again looking for a new coach for a marquee athletics program after firing basketball coach Matt Brady.


JMU football is playoff bound: UVA could learn a lesson there

Is the problem at UVA lack of talent on the roster? The recruiting numbers would suggest, as they did at this time last year with respect to JMU, no.


Preview: #8 UVA basketball opens 2014-2015 at JMU

On paper, the season opener for eighth-ranked UVA basketball at in-state rival JMU on Friday isn’t much of a game.


Good effort, expected result: UVA football remains in stasis

If winning six games was what UVA football coach Mike London needs to do to keep his job, he’s a loss away from the moving vans backing up to his office in Bryant Hall.


JMU football coach Everett Withers: I’m expecting good things out of this football team

JMU football began fall practice on Monday, its first under new coach Everett Withers, who replaces Mickey Matthews after a 15-year run that brought James Madison a national title in 2004 and a win over national power Virginia Tech in 2010.


Report: JMU to name Ohio State DC Everett Withers as new football coach

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers will be the new head football coach at JMU, according to a report from FootballScoop.com. Withers, the assistant head coach at Ohio State under head coach Urban Meyer, served as the interim head coach at North Carolina in 2011 following the dismissal of Butch Davis. UNC went 7-6 in Withers’ year at the helm.


Chris Graham: The bungled JMU football coaching search

A report Thursday in The Breeze, the student newspaper at JMU, has the school accepting applications from parties interested in the open football coach job through Dec. 11. Inexplicably, James Madison fired a legend, Mickey Matthews, and it did so without having a plan in place for who his replacement would be.


Chris Graham: Surprised by JMU sacking Mickey Matthews? Not at all

One perspective on Mickey Matthews is that he should have been able to decide the day that he left JMU and even had a hand in picking the guy who would sculpt the statue to his tenure. You win a national championship and take a football program at a school that didn’t play football until 1972 to the precipice of FBS, and they eventually name the field after you.


JMU fires football coach Mickey Matthews after 15 seasons, national title

JMU will not retain head football coach Mickey Matthews after the Dukes failed to make the FCS playoffs for the fourth time in five years. That’s how the school’s athletics department termed the firing in a news release on its website Monday morning, in a move that shocked some in JMU Nation, but seemed to be in the offing to others.


Winners/Losers: Another College Football Saturday

WINNER: Florida State. The Seminoles’ football national-title hopes were improved dramatically when #3 Oregon lost at #5 Stanford on Thursday. Oregon was the team best poised to leapfrog FSU into the #2 position in the BCS down the stretch.


Was JMU’s Matthews’ hand forced with staff moves?

Sounds like James Madison University football coach Mickey Matthews may have had a recent come-to-Jesus meeting with athletics director Jeff Bourne.


JMU football staff moves

The James Madison University football program has made adjustments in its coaching staff for the 2012 season, head coach Mickey Matthews announced Monday.


The Fallout: JMU-Tech

First bit of fallout: national rankings The I-AA rankings aren’t out as of this writing. (They’re due out in a couple of hours from our posting.) They’re worth nothing if JMU isn’t #1 after winning in Lane Stadium. Interesting note about the I-A rankings: JMU is in them this week, in the others receiving votes […]


The Fallout: JMU-Tech

First bit of fallout: national rankings The I-AA rankings aren’t out as of this writing. (They’re due out in a couple of hours from our posting.) They’re worth nothing if JMU isn’t #1 after winning in Lane Stadium. Interesting note about the I-A rankings: JMU is in them this week, in the others receiving votes […]


Matthews: ‘The biggest win in my professional career’

Mickey Matthews spent close to 10 minutes in his hour-long meeting with reporters at JMU Football Media Day in August complaining about the second game on his 2010 schedule, Virginia Tech, before a reporter interjected with a probably obvious question: Are you saying you don’t think you can win the game? Fast forward from there […]


Matthews: 'The biggest win in my professional career'

Mickey Matthews spent close to 10 minutes in his hour-long meeting with reporters at JMU Football Media Day in August complaining about the second game on his 2010 schedule, Virginia Tech, before a reporter interjected with a probably obvious question: Are you saying you don’t think you can win the game? Fast forward from there […]


VaSportsOnline.com: Coverage of JMU Football Media Day

Matthews: We play for championships A reporter once asked the legendary Bear Bryant, So, Coach, you’re not playing well. Is there any controversy on your team? “And he said, Well, if there’s not, I’m going to cause some,” James Madison University football coach Mickey Matthews continued the story. “You asked me, Have I noticed if […]


Guarantee: Matthews doesn't like these games

You get the idea that Mickey Matthews isn’t all that enthused about playing Virginia Tech down in Blacksburg next month. “I’m not real wild about it,” Matthews understated at the top of his Media Day press conference when the topic came up. And why would he be? JMU is a I-AA playoff contender, sure, but […]


Matthews: We play for championships

A reporter once asked the legendary Bear Bryant, So, Coach, you’re not playing well. Is there any controversy on your team? “And he said, Well, if there’s not, I’m going to cause some,” James Madison University football coach Mickey Matthews continued the story. “You asked me, Have I noticed if there’s more motivation after 6-5? […]


JMU finishes spring football with scrimmage

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Quarterbacks Drew Dudzik (Clifton, Va./Centreville) and Justin Thorpe (Richmond, Va./Varina) directed touchdown drives during James Madison’s final spring football scrimmage at the University of Virginia Friday.


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JMU’s Matthews, BC’s Clark to speak to Shenandoah Valley Athletic Club

The Shenandoah Valley Athletic Club kicks off its seventh season of monthly dinner meetings with its annual local college preview featuring football coaches Mickey Matthews of James Madison University and Bridgewater College’s Mike Clark. This popular annual event of the SVAC’s season is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Ramada Inn in Harrisonburg with […]


Former Leemen ready to shine at JMU

A pair of R.E. Lee alums are expected to play key roles on the JMU offense this fall. “Dae’Quan is the best receiver right now of the young kids,” Dukes coach Mickey Matthews said, talking about true freshman Dae’quann Scott, who is moving to wide receiver at James Madison after starring at quarterback for David […]


Two-headed monster

I had assumed that Drew Dudzik was the guy to beat in the race to replace Walter Payton Award runnerup Rodney Landers at quarterback at JMU this fall based on the fact that the redshirt junior was Landers’ understudy in 2009 and that he had played well in the Dukes’ 35-27 loss to Montana in […]


Meet the Dukes Day set for Aug. 29

The James Madison University football program’s annual “Meet the Dukes Day” is scheduled for Aug. 29 at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field. The event gives fans the opportunity to meet the nationally ranked Dukes’ players and coaches and is open to the public with no admission charge.