NEW: Birdsong Says Withers Blocking Schools

Posted: April 17, 2014

Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG — Michael Birdsong said Thursday that James Madison football coach Everett Withers is now blocking his transfer to Appalachian State, Charlotte, Liberty and Old Dominion after they mutually agreed the former JMU quarterback would only be blocked from transferring to Colonial Athletic Association schools.

Birdsong, the Dukes' starting QB in 2013, told Withers on Monday that he would be transferring.

“The meeting went well,” Birdsong said. “It was short and sweet. He told me I couldn’t go to any CAA school, which was understandable. But then three hours go by and the whole thing comes crashing down a little bit because they say I can’t go to any CAA school — which is fine. I understand not going to CAA schools ‘cause that’s our conference and everything, but then when I try to get released to ODU and Charlotte and some of these other schools, they denied ODU and Charlotte and a few others, and I just don’t understand why they’re doing that.”

Withers refused to comment Thursday. A message left for JMU athletic director Jeff Bourne was not immediately returned.

Birdsong said he submitted a list of potential transfer schools to JMU's compliance office after meeting with Withers Monday. It was shortly after that, Birdsong said, he found out about the additional blocked schools. Birdsong said he has an appeal scheduled for next week.

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