Report: JMU to hire Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Withers
Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers will be named James Madison's head coach, sources told FootballScoop.com. Withers reportedly was on campus Thursday and negotiating details.
Withers was North Carolina's interim head coach in 2011 after the firing of Butch Davis, leading the Tar Heels to a 7-6 record. Withers is an alumnus of Appalachian State, as is JMU senior vice president of finance Charlie King, who is on the hiring committee.
Withers, 50, a former defensive back for Appalachian State, primarily has coached defense. Starting in 1988, he has been an assistant in college for Austin Peay, Tulane, Louisville, Southern Mississippi, Texas and Minnesota, and in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans.
Other top candidates have included longtime Virginia Tech assistant Bryan Stinespring, Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and Mike O'Cain, a former North Carolina head coach and Hokies assistant who was on Matthews' staff along with Newsome, also is a candidate.
Stinespring and DeFilippo are JMU alums.
Report: Newsome to coach E&H
Peninsula native Curt Newsome will be named head coach at Emory and Henry on Friday, the Bristol Herald-Courier reported, citing sources.
Newsome, a graduate of E&H and Phoebus High, coached Kecoughtan and Heritage to Peninsula District success, leading the Warriors to the runner-up finish in the 1997 state Division 6 playoffs.
He then became an assistant at James Madison, recruiting many of the players who led the Dukes to the 2004 Division I-AA (now FCS) national championship before moving on to become an assistant to Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. In the 2013 season, he again was a JMU assistant to Mickey Matthews, who was fired after a 6-6 season.
Hokies to meet Purdue twice
The contract will start with the 2015 game in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sept. 19, and the second year of the deal will take place in 2023 in Blacksburg, on Sept. 9. The Tech-East Carolina game in 2015, originally announced for Sept. 19, has been moved to Sept. 26 and remains in Greenville, N.C.
Admirals' winless streak reaches three
Norfolk’s winless streak reached three with a 5-4 defeat at Charlotte. Matt Marquardt scored the winning goal with 6:57 left in regulation.
The Admirals (13-10-1-4) overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit with a second-period goal by Max Friberg, followed by two from Antoine Laganiere.
Norfolk went ahead 8:40 into the third period with contributions from two guys who have played this season for the parent Anaheim Ducks. Nolan Yonkman took a shot that Devante Smith-Pelly converted for a rebound goal.
But the Checkers (12-14-0-1) -- the top affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes -- rallied for their fourth win in a row. Zach Boychuk's second goal of the night pulled Charlotte even at 4 with 7:30 left, and Marquardt's backhander just 33 seconds later beat John Gibson for the winner.
The Admirals will play home games the next two nights against the Adirondack Phantoms, who are based in Glens Falls, N.Y., and are the Philadelphia Flyers' AHL affiliate.
Grimes, who will turn 24 Saturday, played in nine regular-season games last season -- six for the Texans and three for the New York Jets. He has not played this year.
Former William and Mary standout Quinn McDowell is playing for the Springfield (Mass.) Armor of the NBA Development League. He had seven points and four rebounds in Wednesday's 108-107 loss to the Texas Legends.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun