After one week of play, new James Madison forward TJ Taylor has been noticeably absent from the Dukes rotation, and the reasons fans haven’t seen much of the Wyoming transfer is a bit surprising.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
When Matt Lewis was named the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Player of the Year, it sparked a question. Would anyone else be able to step up on a remodeled James Madison roster to help turn the Dukes into a winner?
When Keve Aluma put his name in the NCAA transfer portal after playing a key role in Wofford’s run to the 2018-19 NCAA Tournament, it was only a matter of minutes before programs began contacting the 6-9 power forward.
When Marquette had to drop out of a scheduled game at James Madison due to positive COVID-19 tests, the Dukes quickly added Buffalo to the schedule and JMU head coach Sean O’Regan gave assistant Ian Caskill the task of scouting the Bulls.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Two nights in a row, Norfolk State trailed late. Two nights in a row the Spartans came out on top.
Friday, November 27, 2020
James Madison already knows these foes well, and the Dukes are only going to get to know them better soon.
A slow start shooting the ball and an inability to get key stops late stymied James Madison on Friday afternoon at the Atlantic Union Bank Center in Harrisonburg, as the Dukes fell to visiting Norfolk State, 83-73.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Her image on video screens visible from University Boulevard and a larger-than-life poster at the entrance of the brand new Atlantic Union Bank Center sends a clear message — the 2020-21 James Madison Dukes are Kiki Jefferson’s team.
All-in-all, James Madison had to consider Wednesday a success.
The first-half sequence of four consecutive thunderous dunks for James Madison was one way to christen the place.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Jeff Bourne kept reminding himself he was only steps away from University Boulevard, still on campus at James Madison and that this building was no longer a vision.
James Madison women’s basketball coach Sean O’Regan is about to find out if his team, full of fresh faces, is up for a challenge.
A brand new, state-of-the-art arena will be all but empty. James Madison will have 10 scholarship players available with one in quarantine and a couple others battling nagging injuries. The Dukes will face a Division II opponent they only added to the schedule a few days before.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Mark Byington was playing for UNC-Wilmington as a junior at the Richmond Coliseum in the CAA tournament went he went up for a shot he had made hundreds of times.
Mike Young’s second season as Virginia Tech head coach figures to look much different than his first.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
His value to the Green Bay Packers continues to climb with each week this season.
It’s too early to size up his roster or acknowledge any standout players through a modified set of practices, third-year Eastern Mennonite University men’s basketball coach Melvin Felix said.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Branches of the Bobby Cremins coaching tree will meet Wednesday when James Madison opens the 2020-21 college basketball season against Division II Limestone at the brand new Atlantic Union Bank Center.
Baseball has been blessed with four families of three-generation players in the Major Leagues: the Bells, Boones, Hairstons and Colemans.
When Lancaster Bible College reported multiple COVID-19 cases within its program on Friday, James Madison was suddenly left without an opponent for the opening day of its brand new $140 million arena, the Atlantic Union Bank Center.
Friday, November 20, 2020
The scheduled first opponent for James Madison’s opening of the brand new Atlantic Union Bank Center won’t come to Harrisonburg after all.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
If they all come together successfully, it’s going to make for a heck of a story.
Over the past few seasons, James Madison coach Sean O’Regan has had the luxury of easing his freshmen into the college game. That won’t be the case Wednesday when the Dukes open the season at home against Mount St. Mary’s.
There was a strong Virginia connection when the Washington Nationals wrapped up Instructional League last month in Florida.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The trip to Arizona for Instructional League for pitcher Nick Robertson paid off big in two ways last month.
College basketball season is a week away, and at James Madison that means opening up the luxurious new 8,500-seat Atlantic Union Bank Center with a men’s and women’s doubleheader.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has something to boast about.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Emory & Henry, a charter member of the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference, officially announced Tuesday it plans to leave the ODAC and join the Division II South Atlantic Conference.
It would’ve been extremely difficult to do this prior to the start of James Madison’s fall practices.
Monday, November 16, 2020
The next time they all get together, it’ll be to start training camp in January ahead of their eight-game spring football season.
James Madison received its first positive COVID-19 test within its women’s basketball program, placing four players in isolation, but the Dukes will continue to practice ahead of the schedule Nov. 25 opener, according to a press release from the university.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
For the second straight week a pair of former James Madison offensive linemen saw action for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Less than two weeks before the start of the season, James Madison’s women’s basketball program is juggling its schedule again.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
James Madison’s best defensive player is changing positions, according to Dukes coach Curt Cignetti.
Friday, November 13, 2020
When the Colonial Athletic Association released its preseason poll this week, the two teams in the Commonwealth of Virginia found themselves at the bottom with James Madison picked ninth and William & Mary last among 10 CAA teams.
The longer he sat, the more his agonizing thought lingered.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
The names and faces change, but the expectations remain the same for the James Madison women’s basketball program.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
When the spring football season kicks off, James Madison is planning to have at least some fans in the stands at Bridgeforth Stadium, according to Dukes assistant athletic director for ticketing and customer relations Mike Carpenter.
Matt Lewis has the respect of the coaches and media around the Colonial Athletic Association. Time will tell if his James Madison team can earn the same.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
It was his choice, but Tabb Patrick still had a year left on James Madison’s football roster if he wanted to keep playing.
He was the oldest player on the team last year, is the oldest player on the team now and will be again next year.
The upcoming men’s basketball season for James Madison is marked by curiosity. The Dukes have a first-year coaching staff, eight new scholarship players and a brand new arena. Just about anything we think we might know about the Dukes is really a guess at this point.
As we near the start of the 2020-21 college basketball season, the anticipation for several teams around the Commonwealth of Virginia has only solidified with multiple preseason polls and rankings picking in-state programs to win their respective leagues.
Monday, November 09, 2020
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Six contests into their lone season with Virginia, D’Angelo Amos and Adeeb Atariwa, at the very least, have demonstrated they belong.
The time has come for a couple of James Madison’s veteran guards.
Saturday, November 07, 2020
Two freshmen cornerbacks have practiced well enough to give James Madison coach Curt Cignetti reason to believe they could see game reps in the spring.
Friday, November 06, 2020
On Friday, the NCAA announced FCS programs must play at least four regular-season games this spring to be considered for at-large selection into the postseason.
Thursday, November 05, 2020
They’re happy to have Damian Wroblewski back.
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
In his fourth preseason wearing a James Madison practice jersey, Zach Jacobs can feel the differences as the Dukes prepare for the first year under new coach Mark Byington.
There were times where it would have been easy for Daniel Ouderkirk to give it up.