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JMU Athletics: Navigating Big Changes and Building for the Future

JMU Sports News: Mark Byington Departs for Vanderbilt

JMU Athletics: Navigating Big Changes and Building for the Future

JMU is currently facing significant challenges in its athletic department, with key personnel changes taking place at various levels. The university has just announced the departure of President Jonathan Alger for the summer, and late last year brought in a new head football coach, Bob Chesney, following the departure of Curt Cignetti for Indiana.

In addition to these changes, JMU is also seeking to fill two important positions: an athletic director and a head men’s basketball coach. With Mark Byington departing from JMU to join Vanderbilt, the Dukes are now tasked with finding a replacement quickly as the transfer portal is currently open, and players are securing spots on teams for the upcoming season.

Jeff Bourne is about to retire, which makes it crucial for JMU to make the final hiring decision for the head men’s basketball coach position. With Byington’s departure, JMU will receive a $500,000 buyout. Despite these challenges, JMU remains committed to building a successful athletics program and continuing its tradition of excellence in sports.

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