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Everett Withers Hired as JMU's New Football Coach

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The James Madison football team has hired Ohio State defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Everett Withers to be its next head coach.  

Withers takes over for Mickey Matthews, who was let go after fifteen seasons at JMU.  

The 50-year old Withers is the sixth head coach in J-M-U program history, and has been the Buckeyes defensive coordinator for the past two seasons.  

Prior to that, he coached for four years at North Carolina, guiding the Tar Heels to a 7-6 season as interim head coach in 2011.  

Withers will wait until after Ohio State's bowl game to join the Dukes, but says he likes what he sees with his new team.

"I walk through the football facility and see it, and it's first class," says Withers.  "It's a big attraction to anybody.  I want to put a brand of football on the field that's exciting.  I want to sling it around, throw it around a little bit on offense.  Be aggressive on defense, attacking, and make Saturday's here in the stadium fun."  

JMU kicks off the 2014 season at Maryland on August 30th.

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