NEW: No Ruling On Birdsong Yet

JMU QB Says He Expects To Know Soon

Posted: April 22, 2014

HARRISONBURG — As of Tuesday afternoon, Michael Birdsong’s fate is unresolved.

The James Madison quarterback said a JMU panel has not yet ruled on his appeal to overturn football coach Everett Withers' decision to ban him from transferring to certain schools outside the Colonial Athletic Association.

A committee of faculty met with Birdsong on Tuesday in Alumnae Hall for about 15 minutes. Withers was not in attendance, and Birdsong said he expected a decision later Tuesday or Wednesday.

Birdsong, JMU’s starting quarterback in 2013, said he initially agreed with Withers that he would not transfer to any CAA schools, but later, according to Birdsong, Withers banned him from going to Appalachian State, Charlotte, Liberty and Old Dominion — all schools Birdsong asked to be released to.

So far, neither Withers nor JMU athletic director Jeff Bourne has commented on Birdsong’s situation.

JMU President Jonathan Alger, whose office is mere feet from where Birdsong’s appeal took place, could not be reached for comment. A request for an interview Tuesday after the appeal was redirected to JMU spokesman Don Egle.

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