James Madison spoils Virginia’s UVA Strong celebration 36-35 on touchdown pass with 55 seconds left
Jordan McCloud hit Kaelon Black with a 10-yard tuchdown pass with 55 seconds to play, capping a fourth-quarter rally and James Madison beat Virginia 36-35, spoiling the Cavaliers’ first home game since three players were fatally shot last November.
Area stars sign on to the next level
At Cave Spring Suzanne Harris heads to JMU for swimming and Zada Porter will play hoops at Appy State. Porter said she always felt like Appalachian State would be home, ever since here first visit as an eighth grader. “Mostly App State was for the coaching staff. Of course every school tries to make you feel like family, but for App State I always had an idea they would be the place I called home next,” Porter says. “I don’t have to worry about my parents paying for college first and that I get to play basketball for another 4 years is something that’s another relief for me,” Anderson says.
JMU men’s basketball unveils new arena and local head coach Wednesday
HARRISONBURG, Va. – JMU men’s basketball team announced on Wednesday that they’re getting a new look this year. Between a new arena and a new head coach, 2020 looks like a year of change for the Dukes. Mark Byington, JMU’s new men’s basketball coach who graduated from Salem High School, is a local to the area. Lookout and see leaves changing, haven’t seen that in a while.”On Wednesday, the university also unveiled its new state-of-the-art basketball arena. The Atlantic Union Bank Center will host both men’s and women’s basketball, their offices, practice facilities, weight room and a capacity of 8,500 fans.
Several injured in blast, fire at Virginia shopping center
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Officials said an investigation was underway into the cause of an explosion and large fire at a shopping center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Saturday morning that injured several people. Three people were hospitalized as a result of the incident that was reported around 8:30 a.m., the Daily News-Record reported, and several others were injured but treated on-site. Ralph Northam tweeted that state emergency personnel had been deployed to the area after what he called a gas explosion. — Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) October 17, 2020Tobia said when crews arrived, the injured were outside of the building. The building where the blast occurred was about 30 yards (27 meters) from the race’s start and finish line, the school said.
JMU plans to return to in-person classes in early October
HARRISONBURG, Va. – After nearly two weeks of temporary online classes, JMU is planning to bring students back to campus soon. JMU announced on Friday that school officials are currently finalizing plans to resume in-person classes on Oct. 5. Students began moving into on-campus housing on Aug. 21 and hybrid classes started on Aug. 26. JMU also said it is limiting the number of students in a class to 50 people for in-person classrooms. However, testing will be initially focused on on-campus students and they will not be testing students prior to returning to the classroom.
JMU temporarily transitions to online learning as campus sees rapid increase in positive cases
HARRISONBURG, Va. James Madison University will temporarily transition to online learning with few exceptions through the month of September. In a statement released Tuesday, university president Jonathan Alger said most in-person classes will transition online by Monday. JMU initially started the academic year with a mix of in-person, hybrid and online classes. We spent the last several months planning to start this year with a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online classes. In-person classes will transition online no later than this coming Monday, Sept. 7.
James Madison University suspends fall sports competition
HARRISONBURG, Va. – With more of an emphasis on the health and safety and student-athletes, personnel and campus environment, James Madison Athletics has announced the suspension of competition for all Fall sport programs. The suspension was made in coordination with other Colonial Athletic Association institutions that were previously still pursuing fall competition: College of Charleston, Elon and UNCW. JMU initially elected to proceed with carrying out a plan to return-to-play in alignment with the NCAA championship calendar. As the national picture came into focus over the last week, it became clear that Fall competition would not be possible. If we can do that, we’ll be back to sport competition in the near future.
JMU Hall of Fame baseball coach Brad Babcock passes away
James Madison Hall of Fame baseball coach Brad Babcock, who amassed a program-record 558 wins in 19 seasons and guided the Dukes to the 1983 College World Series, passed away on Tuesday at age 81. Babcock was inducted into the JMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998 after a 558-249-4 career record, and the 1983 squad became the second team inducted in department history in 2016. Brad Babcock is a true JMU legend, both in his role as baseball head coach and as a long-time administrator, Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne said. He built JMU baseball to one of the pre-eminent programs in the CAA and the region with a blueprint for success that remains today. As baseball coach, Babcock took the Dukes from a fledgling second-year program in 1971 to being one of the more highly-respected programs in the East.
JMU to continue with online learning for remainder of semester, postponing graduation
University leaders say degrees will be conferred on time in May and diplomas will be mailed this summer, in accordance with the standard university process. (1/4) — JMU (@JMU) March 18, 2020ORIGINAL STORYAnother local university is adjusting operations during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Starting on March 23, university officials say most classes will be held online until at least April 5. The university will stay open to provide student services, including those provided by the University Health Center and Counseling Center. University officials say there will be another update by at least March 27 regarding the plan of action after April 5.
Strong second half earns Virginia a win over James Madison in home opener
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Courtesy of Virginia Athletics:Virginia (2-0) outscored JMU (1-1) 34-11 in the second half to cruise to a 65-34 win in the home opener at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday evening. Two players finished with double-doubles for the second game in a row as Mamadi Diakite (Conakry, Guinea, Africa) had a career-high 19 points and 13 rebounds along with two blocked shots. Virginia closed the half on a 15-6 run to lead 31-23 at the break. Key scored the first seven points of the second half. UVA held JMU scoreless for 6:12 in that span and allowed just four field goals in the second half.