His role could expand from what it was last fall, even if running back Solomon Vanhorse carries the ball less during James Madison’s spring season.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
BLACKSBURG – There was no way to identify he’d have the nation’s top rusher and be in a position to gear Virginia Tech’s offense around a standout running back.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — This isn’t anything new for Virginia’s upperclassmen.
When Joel Mensah decided to transfer to James Madison, it was no secret he came in search of more playing time. But that doesn’t mean the big man who spent two seasons at San Diego State simply wants to trade winning for more minutes on the court.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Welcome to For Basketball Lovers, a regular news-and-notes column new to the Daily News-Record, focusing on college hoops around the Commonwealth of Virginia. For many of the in-state schools, the upcoming basketball season (now just five weeks away, wow) will offer the first taste of colleg…
The head start a few mid-year transfers and a couple of early enrollees gain in a normal spring is happening now with all of James Madison’s newcomers this fall.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Waiting a little longer for that first match isn’t so agonizing for James Madison women’s soccer.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
His buddies have departed, but Mike Greene is attempting to keep the same attitude and recipe for success they used in place.
As she finished up her degree in business finance at Georgia Tech last spring, Anne Diouf began thinking it was time for a change. With a transfer to James Madison, that’s exactly what she got.
No matter where they were, they were running.
Monday, October 19, 2020
James Madison could be well represented at the women’s lacrosse world championships this summer, with a pair of Dukes invited to try out for the US national team.
The spring football format in the Colonial Athletic Association isn’t changing just because one of its members decided to opt out of the unconventional campaign.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Entering the 2020-21 season, James Madison has a good deal of experience on its roster, But the Dukes’ most seasoned veterans, graduate transfers Morgan Smith and Anne Diouf are new to JMU.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Over the past few years, James Madison lacrosse has had a steady stream of offensive standouts ready to take the lead as the Dukes won three straight Colonial Athletic Association titles and may have been on the way to a fourth when the 2020 season was canceled in the midst of the COVID-19 o…
CHARLOTTESVILLE – There’s no hiding the mission for Virginia today.
BLACKSBURG – No one would’ve blamed Alan Tisdale if he showed frustration in the days following Virginia Tech’s loss at North Carolina last Saturday.
Earlier this week the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to winter sports athletes and moved a step toward allowing all players to transfer one time without having to sit out a season.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
No introductions needed here.
The anticipated quarterback competition has finally started.
He used to wear the highest jersey number available, but now Isaac Ukwu sports the lowest.
There were moments Kajuan Madden-McAfee looked up and asked a one-word question.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
They’ve waited long enough.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused an abrupt end to James Madison’s softball season last March. But perhaps as much as any team in the country, the Dukes are looking at what might be viewed as a major disruption instead as an opportunity to clean the slate.
RICHMOND — Once league play begins, they’ll see the same opponent consecutively.
Coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history, the Bridgewater College men’s golf team had plenty of reason for optimism entering the 2020-21 campaign.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The distress only magnifies the memory, and it’s a moment Virginia running back Shane Simpson will never forget.
Monday, October 12, 2020
The three years Karis Beasley spent elsewhere have made her appreciate where she is now and what she values most, she said.
Six weeks away from the start of the season, James Madison put men’s basketball activities on hold Monday after a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the team.
Sunday, October 11, 2020
James Madison’s connections to the Peach Belt continued to pay off Sunday as the Dukes picked up a verbal commitment from Atlanta-area point guard Andrew McConnell.
It’s been nearly 11 eventful months since the James Madison men’s soccer team last took the field. But through starts and stops to the offseason routine, the Dukes have had redemption in mind.
Friday, October 09, 2020
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Last week was the tall task of matching up with the top team in the country, and today’s challenge is to bounce back from defeat to progress the campaign forward.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference could be losing one of its charter members.
BLACKSBURG — There’s no mistaking the intent of Virginia Tech’s offense.
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Embedded in a profession built to rely on and thrive off of routine, the men who work these jobs are doing so without the steady regimen always associated with coaching college football.
James Madison has secured at least one non-conference foe for its spring schedule, sources told the Daily News-Record on Wednesday.
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
After a tumultuous month for William & Mary sports, athletic director Samantha Huge resigned in a mutual decision the school announced on Tuesday. Jeffrey P. Martin, the university’s chief of staff was named the interim replacement.
First-year James Madison coach Mark Byington has, since his first day on the job in March, talked about bringing “positionless basketball” to the Dukes.
Monday, October 05, 2020
CHARLOTTESVILLE – They pulled within 10 points of top-ranked Clemson midway through the third quarter this past Saturday.
Though it has yet to experience a positive test within the program, COVID-19 continues to have an effect on the James Madison women’s basketball team. Freshman Bailey Williams will opt out of the 2020-21 season, Dukes coach Sean O’Regan told the Daily News-Record on Monday.
The plan is to begin preparations for their unconventional spring season as soon as later this month.
Sunday, October 04, 2020
CHARLOTTESVILLE – James Madison tennis players Daniela Voloh and Holden Koons each reached the quarterfinals of an Intercollegiate Tennis Association fall circuit tournament this past weekend at Boar’s Head Sports Club.
DURHAM, N.C. — This one was more difficult than the last, according to Justin Fuente.
Friday, October 02, 2020
Prom is coming up soon. Girls bought fancy dresses. Boys have rented tuxedos. There’s even discussion of when and where to hold the after party.
BLACKSBURG – There’s plenty Virginia Tech could be encouraged by after its season-opening win last Saturday.
CHARLOTTESVILLE – There was a critical lesson Bronco Mendenhall absorbed 10 months ago when he led his team for the first time against the perennial national power.
Thursday, October 01, 2020
No matter how stiff the competition gets this weekend, Daniela Voloh won’t worry about it.
The nature of sports often demands athletes and coaches to figure out how to keep going no matter the obstacles. Yet the past seven months for teams at James Madison and other colleges have left them trying to reconcile that mentality with repeatedly being told sports were coming to a stop.
No ticket revenue, no guarantee payout from an FBS opponent and an uptick in expenses have left James Madison’s athletic department in the same circumstance so many of its counterparts are experiencing while navigating the financial problems caused by the pandemic.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall understandably doesn’t want to liken his first-year starting quarterback to anyone else, but Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn’t afraid to.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The Colonial Athletic Association won’t hold a league title game after all, and James Madison coach Curt Cignetti isn’t a fan of that decision.