VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.

No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.

On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.

According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent. 

At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small. 

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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few. 

In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.

How to Watch Virginia vs. Old Dominion: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

How to Watch Virginia vs. Old Dominion: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder was looking forward to catching Virginia in a more vulnerable state when the Monarchs added the Cavaliers to their schedule.

"I was really hoping when we scheduled this game three years ago that they wouldn't be this good if I'm being 100% truthful," Wilder said earlier this week about ODU's game Saturday night at No. 21 Virginia. "But I've been upstairs all morning studying them. They are a really good football team."

The Monarchs face an uphill battle to make headlines with an upset of the Cavaliers.

Virginia (3-0) is looking for its best start since 2004 when the Cavaliers won their first five games of the season. The Monarchs (1-1), in just their 11st season since reinstituting the football program, are coming of a 31-17 loss at Virginia Tech two weeks ago.

An early bye may have allowed ODU to prepare a few surprises for Virginia, but Wilder isn't sure.

"I think they are a complete football team," Wilder said, "and what I mean by that is they are solid in all aspects."

The Cavaliers are coming off a 31-24 victory against Florida State in a game they trailed for much of the contest. But Virginia fans were out in force for the matchup. The crowd -- 57,826 -- was the largest for the Cavaliers at home since Notre Dame visited to start the 2015 season.

"I was thrilled with the attendance and the support we received in our stadium," coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Clearly made a difference for our team."

Virginia vs. Old Dominion Week 4:

Who: Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (1-1)

What: Week 4 of the 2019 college football regular season

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, noon ET

Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia

TV Channel: ESPN2

Live Stream: WatchESPN 

Radio: Virginia Sports Online or ODU Sports Radio Network

Point Spread: -28

Over/Under: 46

Weather: 88 degrees, sunny

Virginia 2019 season schedule:

Week 1: Saturday, Aug. 31, Virginia vs. Pittsburgh (30-14, W)

Week 2: Friday, Sept. 6, Virginia vs. William & Mary (52-17, W)

Week 3: Saturday, Sept. 14, Virginia vs. Florida State (31-24, W)

Week 4: Saturday, Sept. 21, Virginia vs. Old Dominion, 7:00 p.m.

Week 5: Saturday, Sept. 28, Virginia vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: Friday, Oct. 11, Virginia vs. Miami, 8:00 p.m.

Week 8: Saturday, Oct. 19, Virginia vs. Duke, TBA

Week 9: Saturday, Oct. 26, Virginia vs. Louisville, TBA

Week 10: Saturday, Nov. 2, Virginia vs. North Carolina, TBA

Week 11: Saturday, Nov. 9, Virginia vs. Georgia Tech, TBA

Week 12: BYE

Week 13: Saturday, Nov. 23, Virginia vs. Liberty, TBA

Week 14: Friday, Nov. 29, Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, TBA

Associated Press assisted in the contribution of this story.

James Madison at Chattanooga: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

James Madison at Chattanooga: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

This may be the first-ever meeting between the James Madison and Chattangooga football programs on Saturday afternoon, but the Dukes will have fond memories of a 2004 I-AA National Championship victory over Montana at the same venue. 

James Madison enter the contest 2-1, bouncing back from an opening loss to West Virginia with easy wins over St. Francis (PA) and Morgan State. When the Dukes travel to Tennessee, however, they'll be expecting more of a fight. 

Chattanooga comes in 1-2 and will be looking to bounce back from the 45-0 demolition from FBS neighbors Tennessee. 

James Madison at Chattanooga Week 4

Who: James Madison Dukes (2-1) at Chattanooga Scrappy Mocs (1-2)

What: Week 4 of the college football regular season

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, 4 p.m.

Where: Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

TV Channel: ESPN+

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington Live Stream

Radio: JMU Sprint Broadcast Network

Point Spread: James Madison -21.5

Over/Under: N/A

Weather: 89 degrees, sunny

James Madison 2019 season schedule:

Week 1: Saturday, 8/31, James Madison at West Virginia (13-20, L)

Week 2: Saturday, 9/7, James Madison vs. St. Francis (PA) (44-7, W)

Week 3: Saturday, 9/14, James Madison vs. Morgan State (63-12, W)

Week 4: Saturday, 9/21, James Madison at Chattanooga 

Week 5: Saturday, 9/28, James Madison at Elon

Week 6: Saturday, 10/5, James Madison at Stony Brook

Week 7: Saturday, 10/12, James Madison vs. Villanova

Week 8: Saturday, 10/19, James Madison at William and Mary

Week 9: Saturday, 10/26, James Madison vs. Towson 

Week 10: Saturday, 11/9, James Madison vs. New Hampshire

Week 11: Saturday, 11/16, James Madison vs. Richmond

Week 12: Saturday, 11/23, James Madison at Rhode Island