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 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.

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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 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.

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More from JMU Football Media Day

Scott: ‘Home-run threat’ for JMU offense
Hopewell gets his kicks in at JMU
– Mickey Matthews talks on Media Day


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