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James Madison Introduces New Head Football Coach Everett Withers

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Two weeks after he was hired, James Madison football's new head coach Everett Withers finally was introduced to the media today.

Since he was officially hired, Withers stayed on at Ohio State to help the Buckeyes in their bowl game last week.  Withers has spent the last two seasons as Ohio State's Defensive Coordinator.

Withers has been an assistant on the NFL and College level. Withers says his last two years at Ohio State under Urban Meyer helped him realize how explosive an offense can be - and he hopes to bring a similar pace to JMU.

He's been coaching for 26 years but JMU will be his 1st job as the head coach of a program.

"I've always known that this was a gold mine," said Withers. "This is one of those programs that the sky is the limit and I truly believe that. I'm excited. My family is excited. This not a dormant football program. This is a football program that is really just asleep a little bit right now. I'm excited about the young men I met on the football team already."

Tuesday, January 7th 2014, JMU athletics director, Jeff Bourne, said Withers had what JMU was looking for - someone who was committed to the all-around success of the student athlete, a great recruiter and a proven record of success.

Withers said, "we want young men to have the competitive spirit to not only go and compete on that football field but everyday go over into that academic environment and work their tales off to be successful. That's what we will recruit. That's what we will grow here with the players that are here now. That's what we will be about everyday at JMU."

During the press conference Withers said he has prepared for a head coaching job for more than 25 years.


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