Aug 20 / Rob

Ty Young Really Loves Sneakers (Plus Other Stuff You Might Have Missed)

Tamera (or “Ty” as she prefers) Young was a beast back in the day for Dukes. As the star of former coach Kenny Brook’s early teams, she was All CAA multiple times, and the league’s player of the year as a senior when she averaged 20 and 10. She could, and still can, ball out. She is now playing on the Las Vegas Aces, the third WNBA teams she’s suited up for in her 11 year career. She’s a heck of a ballplayer. But she’s an out of this world sneaker head. And we’re not talking about the sort of person who loves to wear fresh Jordans. We’re talking about the sort of person who has a special closet built in her home to house her over 500 pairs of limited edition kicks given to her by the likes of Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade. Ty was recently fined by the WNBA for wearing Wade’s signature shoe, since players must wear only Jordans or Nikes. She probably won’t stop anytime soon though, since Wade himself agreed to pick up the fine.

We can’t recommend reading the feature on Ty and her sneakers enough. And after you do that, check out the touching tribute to her late father she penned for the Players Tribune.

Here are some more links and tidbits you might have missed:

Our pal Bennet Conlin put together a weekly newsletter to cover JMU football this season. He’s gathered an impressive group of contributors, and us. Check out the first edition and be sure to register to have them delivered straight to your inbox.

The 2018 JMU sports season officially got under way over the weekend. Women’s soccer dropped a tough one to Dayton, before bouncing back with a big 3-0 win over Maryland.

Now we know which FBS team the Dukes will play in 2025. It’s UNC. The Tarheels will give JMU $500K for the game, in addition to offering all the Dukes players credits for no-show classes just to stay on brand.

The Dukes held media day and Coach Houston talked about the high expectations everyone has for the program, saying “you have to embrace it, because our expectations kinda exceed any of the external expectations that anybody has for us.”

Jeff Bourne and the JMU powers that be scrambled to put together a decent broadcast package for this upcoming football season.

JMU held its second scrimmage of camp and at least one reporter thinks the QB battle is a close as advertised.

Greg Madia has been killing it with the coverage all camp and he offers some insight into why the QB battle is still ongoing in this recap of the scrimmage.

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