2008 JMU Recruit Videos

Yes they’re here! Courtesy of CoachMatthews.com, the recruiting videos of the 2008 JMU football signees are up. Take note of Lee Reynolds, one of the fastest white running backs I’ve seen (besides Sam McDuffie – he’s ridiculous), Justin Thorpe who looks like Rodney Landers but seems to be more accurate and our star recruit Taveion Cuffee from Fork Union. Enjoy!

Mickey Signs 3 Year Extension; Keener Out; Football Tickets On Sale Soon

It’s great to see all the football headlines coming back to all the college websites. With the NFL combine all but behind us, that means college pro days are next then the draft! But first things first JMU fans. Our fearless leader Mickey Matthews has signed a three year contract extension to remain at Madison through the 2012 season. Here is the article from JMUsports.com. I’m glad Matthews is back since we have such a rough schedule next year. Hopefully we won’t see anymore foolish play calling and decision making in the playoffs anymore though.

In basketball news, coach Dean Keener has announced that he will resign his post effective at the end of this season. Here’s an article about the resignation and if it affected the team’s performance last Saturday courtesy of JMU’s newspaper. Keener had a really tough job rebuilding a poor team but a 29-83 record won’t get you far anywhere and I think it was for the best that both sides part ways.

Also, for all you Dukes fans and anyone else who’s a season ticket holder for your respective school, football tickets go on sale March 1st. That is this Saturday believe it or not. I am assuming that ticket sales dates are similar throughout the country so this is a reminder to anyone who happens upon this site. Specifically for JMU though, make sure and decide if you are going to purchase season tickets, individual or the three game pack that is in its second year of existence and was a popular pick last year. I personally will be choosing it again as I cannot make it to every game due to my distance from the school but the rule on it is that you choose two regular games and then either the family weekend or homecoming game. My guess is a popular three pack will be UMass, App State and Delaware (Homecoming). That’s what I’m doing at least. The website for future reference is here.

UPDATE: I actually went with the season ticket package because it’s cheaper than trying to get the 3 team deal with UMass, App and Delaware. 65 bucks is all for the whole season, just crazy!

J Rich Poster

Yes I’m a Bobcats fan. I’m actually going to the game tomorrow night against Sacramento which will be my first experience in the new arena which I’ve heard only good things about.

It will also be my first chance to see Jason Richardson and hopefully he’ll do something like he did to Manu Ginobili two nights ago:

I’m pretty sure any player who’s ever been guarded by Ginobili was jealous of J Rich there. Who hasn’t wanted to make him eat hardwood for all the flopping he does? Can I offer you a karma sandwich Manu?

That Win over VCU Seems like a Decade Ago

Well they at least entertained us for the first half of the season but the dream is now all but gone. The men’s basketball team dropped it’s fourth consecutive game against ODU on Wednesday, 72-52 to fall to 11-15 overall and 4-12 in the conference.

It was fun while it lasted (six weeks) but we’re back to reality now and the only shot we have at a tourney birth is an unlikely run through the CAA tournament. While improbable, it’s not impossible as we’ve seen in the past in other conference tourneys (NC State’s run to the final in last year’s ACC and Syracuse winning it all in the 06 Big East). At least it’s fun to dream.

In their defense, the JMU men have been crippled by injuries over the last month having lost three starters at one point. No team survives that usually. It was nice to see them show signs of life finally though. Keener seems to know what he is doing and I think the pieces are starting to fall into place. If they stay healthy next year, they will definitely compete.

For those interested, JMU is involved in Bracket Buster’s Weekend with a 2 pm home game against Morehead State. Don’t ask me why or how this is part of Bracket Busters but it is so there’s that.

Also I have to put a plug in for my hometown Tar Heels: great win last night with the stomping of NC State, especially with the fact that the overrated Dookies lost to Miami hahah!! I cannot wait for March 8th. Ty Lawson is back and he is going to put a hurtin on the Devils.

2008 JMU Football Schedule and Signees; Mickey Staying

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Ah February. Football maybe over but with all of the bells and whistles put in to make the offseason seem a lot shorter, it seems okay that we already begin talking about next season now.

To start off, JMU coach Mickey Matthews (above) has decided to stay in Harrisonburg. There were rumors floating around that he was leaving to help the University of South Alabama build up its team. Reports were that he was offered substantially more money than JMU was willing to give him but that JMU struck a deal to keep him. I am not sure how true this is but I am glad to hear that he will be sticking with the Dukes for the forseeable future. Article from JMU’s newspaper here.

Here’s a great way to start too: the fact that the 2008 college football schedules and signees have been released. Here’s JMU’s:

Sat, Aug 30 Duke at Durham, N.C. TBA  
Sat, Sep 06 North Carolina Central Harrisonburg, Va. TBA  
Sat, Sep 13 Massachusetts * Harrisonburg, Va. TBA  
Sat, Sep 20 Appalachian State Harrisonburg, Va. TBA  
Sat, Sep 27 Maine * at Orono, Maine TBA  
Sat, Oct 04 Hofstra (Family Weekend) * Harrisonburg, Va. TBA  
Sat, Oct 11 Richmond * at Richmond, Va. TBA  
Sat, Oct 18 Open Date .  
Sat, Oct 25 Villanova * at Villanova, Pa. TBA  
Sat, Nov 01 Delaware (Homecoming) * Harrisonburg, Va. TBA  
Sat, Nov 08 Open Date .  
Sat, Nov 15 William & Mary * Harrisonburg, Va. TBA  
Sat, Nov 22 Towson * at Towson, Md. TBA

It is definitely the toughest schedule JMU has had that I can remember. Opening against an ACC opponent (although one could argue that Duke should be a I-AA program) and home games against the two national championship contenders last year and UMass? That’s insane not to mention we have to go to Villanova and Richmond as well. Keep in mind that tickets do go on sale March 1st so get them while you can.

Also, JMU announced that 14 high schoolers/transfers have signed with the squad.

Acker, Corwin – Fr. – RB – 5-10 – 199 – Landover, Md. – James Hubert Blake

Akuak, Lue – Fr. – DL/OL – 6-3 – 270 – Fort Belvoir, Va. – Hayfield/Fork Union

Barlow, Brian – Fr. – TE – 6-4 – 215 – Stephens City, Va. – Sherando

Beaver, Chris – Fr. – LS/TE – Mooresville, N.C. – Mooresville

Cuffee, Taveion – Fr. – DB – 5-11 – 180 – Virginia Beach, Va. – First Colonial/Fork Union

Harper, Aaron – Fr. – RB/LB – 6-2 – 228 – Fredericksburg, Va. – Courtland

Johnson, Josh – Fr. – LB – 6-2 – 220 – Forestville, Md – St. Johns/Fork Union

Reed, Aaron – Fr. – OL – 6-5 – 310 – Linville, Va. – Broadway

Reynolds, Lee – Fr.- RB – 5-10 – 190 – Baltimore, Md. – Baltimore Poly Tech

Thorpe, Justin – Fr. – QB – 6-2 – 208 – Richmond, Va. – Varina

Veney, Jamie – Fr. – LB – 6-3 – 215 – Kilmarnock, Va. – Lancaster/Fork Union

Watford, Earl – Fr. – OL – 6-5 – 275 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Simon Gratz

Williams, Chase – Fr. – LB – 5-11 – 215 – Gaithersburg, Md. – Northwest

Williams, Richard – Fr. – OL – 6-3 – 290 – Danville, Va. – George Washington

 

Mickey is apparently very high on Thorpe from Richmond (“He was our No. 1 quarterback target from the time he attended our summer camp.”) which translated in Mickey terms means Rodney Landers is on a tight leash this year. If he starts throwing the ball the way he did last year, Mickey will not hesitate to bench him and I will be the first to bless that decision. Thanks to JMUSports.com for both the schedule and signees listings.