Jan 16 / Rob

Meanwhile Down at Shrine Grime Practice


His JMU football career might be over (sob), but it looks like Jimmy Effin Moreland is busy doing Jimmy things. Moreland is participating in the 94th edition of the East West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 19. The game is the longest running college all star game in the country and it brings together top players to showcase their skills for NFL scouts. It also raises money to support child patients at Shriners Hospitals and gives the players an opportunity to visit and interact with some of the kids who’ll benefit.

It’s a great opportunity for Jimmy to have a little fun and get some visibility to potentially kick off an NFL career. Last year, 70 players who participated in the game landed a spot on an NFL roster. In fact, 77 Shrine Bowl participants have gone on to Hall of Fame careers, including guys like Brett Favre, Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, and Tom Brady. To no JMU fan’s surprise, Jimmy was already turning heads on day one of practice. He picked off two passes, including the one featured above. Some NFL team is gonna give him a shot and reap the rewards.

You can watch Jimmy do his thing. The game will be broadcast on the NFL Network at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 19.

Jan 16 / jmusport

If JMU Basketball Tightens Up a Bit, They Can Get a #4 CAA Seed.

After a great weekend of basketball, there is a lot of talk about the Dukes season and where they will go from here.

We can find more historical information on Colonial Athletic Association tournament wins and odds at the powerhouse online betting site Bookmaker. Make sure to check out a review of the site if your looking to place some action on the Dukes.

The Bad News

We’ll get the bad news out of the way first. The James Madison Dukes are not even listed on any of the NCAAB futures odds boards to win the ‘March Madness’ Tournament. Of course, we don’t expect JMU to take down the nation’s best this season, but this means that top oddsmakers and pundits are about 100% sure that the Dukes won’t get a tournament bid.
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Jan 13 / Rob

It Was a Great Weekend for JMU Hoops

The JMU men’s basketball team appeared to be hitting rock bottom after a brutal loss to a struggling UNCW squad that had lost six straight. The fans who hadn’t yet abandoned the squad, were reaching the point of maximum frustration. And then what happened? The Dukes put together one of their most impressive CAA victories of the Lou Rowe era, knocking off a talented College of Charleston team 69-58 that came into the matchup having won its previous ten games. Of course. It was a terrific win, but was it a dead cat bounce or a sign of the Dukes turning the corner?

Well, we still don’t know, but JMU followed the CofC game with a come from behind win over Towson. Make no mistake, Towson is not a top CAA team. They’re more the type of team that JMU cannot afford to lose to if they expect to take another step forward this year under Rowe. Thankfully, the Dukes got it done. But it wasn’t easy. The Dukes were down double digits at one point, before battling back for the 74-65 win. Stuckey Mosley had an uncharacteristic off shooting day, knocking down only one of eight attempts to finish with five points. Matt Lewis and Darius Banks picked up the slack though, finishing with 24 and 22 points respectively. And after not seeing the floor much the past few games, Zach Jacobs made the most of his 24 minutes by blocking a game high six shots. The difference really was free throw shooting though. JMU made 24 of 28, while Towson only took 13 from the stripe, hitting seven.

JMU still has a disturbing habit of playing down to the level of the competition against weaker CAA teams. And they still are plagued by moments where they just stop doing much of anything. They overcame a slow start and some mistakes to escape with the W though. There’s a lot of basketball left to play, but a home loss against a 5 win Towson team would have been pretty devastating. JMU already has a bad loss against last place Elon and really needs to beat the bottom half the of the league and hold serve at home. There still is a way to go with this squad, but winning the games their supposed to win, is a positive sign.

And the JMU women’s team? Yeah, it was a pretty good weekend for the ladies also. The Dukes faced their toughest test of the young CAA season, welcoming a 12 win Northeastern team to the Convo. It had all the makings of a close game between two very talented team. It was not. JMU took the Huskies behind the woodshed and won 84-49. That’s a 35 point win if you do the math. It was borderline obscene. Kamiah Smalls scored in double-digits, because of course she did. She scored 21 in what was her 17th straight game with more than 10 points. But Lexie Barrier was the story, as she dropped a season high 24 points. Overall, JMU shot 53% from the field (and 56% from three point range!), while holding Northeastern to only 29.6% from the floor. That’s filthy. Watch out, because Coach O’s team is starting to round into form.

Jan 10 / Rob

JMUSB Pod: All Hoops, All the Time

 

We’re back with our first pod of 2019. And as we noted yesterday, JMUSB will celebrate its 10 year anniversary this year, so the show is the unofficial kick off of the year long celebration. Or something like that. In any case, we’re pretty sure that this is the first JMUSB podcast in history in which we don’t discuss football at all. Because it’s hoops season. And we have a lot to say (or attempt to figure out?) about Lou Rowe’s team. Give it a listen please

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Jan 3 / Rob

Another CAA Game, Another Frustrating Loss for JMU

JMU welcomed the UNCW Seahawks to the Convo for the Dukes third game of the CAA season. JMU was riding a four game losing streak coming into the game, but was facing a UNCW squad in an even more dire situation, having lost 6 straight. Something was bound to give. Unfortunately, they didn’t give to the Dukes. UNCW managed to escape with an 86-83 double OT win. The loss drops JMU to an inversely-perfect 0-3 in league play. And things don’t get any easier from here. It’s quickly shaping up to be a long year for Lou Rowe and the Dukes. Let’s take a look at some key numbers that jumped out from the game. read more…

Dec 28 / Todd

JMUSB Pod Christmas Spectacular

 

So we waited a while to post and did minimal post-show hype because this show is such an audio nightmare. Both of our feeds are ahead of Nikki’s so it sounds like we’re reenforcing the patriarchy and talking over her all the time and, hysterically, like she is laughing a random things. And that’s all after we couldn’t even get our buddy Justin hooked in. Needless to say, huge thanks to Justin and Nikki for putting up with our incompetent behinds.

But really, who has the best team?

 

 

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Dec 18 / Rob

JMUSB Pod: Welcome Coach Cignetti

On the latest episode of the JMUSB Podcast we welcome Coach Cignetti to JMU. We tend to get a little over-excited about things, but in this case we think it’s justified. JMU and Cignetti blew yesterday’s introduction out of the water. Coach has already set the bar really high (hoping JMU wins 5 or 6 more championships) and is ready to go to work. We couldn’t be happier to have him.

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Dec 16 / Rob

Cignetti is a Homerun Hire for JMU

As you no doubt have heard by now, JMU formally hired Curt Cignetti to succeed Mike Houston as the head football coach. In short, it’s a terrific move. Cignetti has been in the coaching game for 30 years and most recently was the head coach of Elon University for the past two years. Under Cignetti, Elon made back to back appearances in the FCS playoffs. That bears repeating. Cignetti took teams to the playoffs two years in a row at Elon. If you don’t recall much about Elon football prior to when Cignetti took over, it’s because the Phoenix were irrelevant. But Cignetti took control of the program for a school with few obvious resources and immediately turned it into a winner.

While thinking “if he can win at Elon, the sky is the limit at JMU” might be a little simplistic, it’s also entirely true. We witnessed it with Houston coming from the Citadel and we’re hoping to see it again with Cignetti. With all due respect to the Elon program and its players, the Dukes offer upgrades in virtually any element of the program you can think of. JMU has more talent on the roster, superior facilities, greater support, and a much prouder tradition. The only thing JMU didn’t have over Elon this year was a win. Because despite all of those relative disadvantages, the Phoenix defeated the Dukes by the score of 27-24 back in October. And it was no fluke. Elon came in with a better gameplan and executed it. Many fans thought Cignetti clearly out-coached Houston that day. We certainly did.

Cignetti also won at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He took over a losing program and proceeded to go 53-17 with three playoff appearances and two conference titles. Before IUP he was an assistant coach at a place called the University of Alabama for a guy named Nick Saban. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. While on Saban’s staff he was the wide receivers coach, where he worked with Julio Jones. He also recruited Mark Ingram, who went on to with the Heisman Tropy. And we don’t need to tell you the benefit of learning from a coach like Saban.

So we are all in for Cignetti. The guy strikes us a no nonsense coach with a tried and true approach to building, and sustaining, winning football programs. And we can’t wait to see him do it in Harrisonburg.

 

Dec 11 / Rob

JMUSB Pod: No New Coach and a Little Hoops

On the latest episode of the JMUSB Podcast we discuss the ongoing search for a JMU football coach, and particularly how our thoughts on Brian Stinespring have evolved. We also discuss both men’s and women’s hoops, including a recap of the disappointing loss to Mason. Finally, we have an OT discussion about BBQ sides.

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Dec 4 / Rob

JMUSB Pod: Moving on From Coach Houston

This was a tough one folks. We love doing the pod, but after a disappointing loss to Colgate to crash out of the playoffs, and the official departure of former head coach Mike Houston, there wasn’t a ton of great news to discuss. Obviously we touch on the game and Houston’s decision to move on to ECU. Trigger warning for the most fervent anti-Noochers: we don’t string him up, so feel free to skip this episode if that’s what you want. We do discuss his struggles in what we believe is an objective manner though. But it’s not all doom and gloom, as we also discuss how excited we are for the next year’s squad. It’s loaded folks.

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