VaSportsOnline.com: Coverage of JMU Football Media Day
“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? And I would answer that, If there’s not, I’m going to cause some.”
The bad news is the Dukes were 6-5 in 2009, a year after reaching the national semifinals and sending already high expectations through the roof for the ‘09 campaign. The good news, if there can be good news with a 6-5 finish, is that JMU won its final four to get to 6-5.
Guarantee: Matthews doesn’t like these games
“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 Virginia Tech begins the 2010 season as a I-A national-championship contender. it’s not like Richmond getting ready for a season opener at Virginia that the Spiders are going into assuming that they will win or come thisclose.