Monday's multi-sport college and local roundup: Former JMU QB Birdsong transfers to Marshall

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Former James Madison quarterback Michael Birdsong, who frequently started in his two years with the Dukes, announced via Twitter that he’s transferring to Marshall. He will sit out this season, then be eligible in 2015.

If he had stayed at JMU, Birdsong's status as the Dukes' starter might have been in jeopardy. JMU is under new coach Everett Withers after the firing of Mickey Matthews, and Vad Lee -- who started for Georgia Tech last season -- is eligible this year.

Men’s basketball:

Guard Jairus Lyles, who averaged less than three minutes per game in 2013-14, is transferring from VCU. ...

Zaynah Robinson, a senior point guard from Duluth, Ga. who averaged 13.8 points a game last season, signed a letter-of-intent with Norfolk State.

Women’s basketball:

VCU is set to announce Beth O’Boyle as its new coach at noon Tuesday. She led Stony Brook to a 24-9 record in 2013-14.

Women’s lacrosse
William and Mary junior Ellen Shaffrey was named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Abby Junior was named the Rookie of the Week.

Shaffrey registered seven draw controls and four ground balls and Junior had two ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover in the Tribe’s 16-11 win over Old Dominion on Saturday.

Men’s golf
ODU shot a 289 in the second round of the Conference USA Championships in Edmund, Okla. and is tied with Texas-San Antonio for 10th with a 596.

Tulsa is first with a 569. The Monarchs’ David Langley is tied for 11th with a 4-over-par 144.

Men’s swimming
Former Lafayette standout Ben Colley was named Most Improved Swimmer this season for North Carolina.

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