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James Madison and West Virginia try to outdo each other with bizarre decisions

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James Madison and West Virginia try to outdo each other with bizarre decisions

James Madison may hail from the FCS, but it has a track record of making things close with FBS teams. The Dukes have beaten three teams from the other side of Division I since 2010, which ranks second among FCS teams over that span.

On Saturday, JMU traveled to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers in what proved to be a sloppy yet exciting contest through the end. But then, late in the fourth quarter, things started to get weird.

The Dukes were down 20-13 with three and half minutes left in the fourth quarter and no timeouts when they faced a 4th-and-8 situation from their own 22-yard line. But rather than go for the first down, JMU head coach Curt Cignetti trotted out the punt team—leaving college football fans pretty confused to say the least.

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JMU got the ball back with a little less than a minute to play, but a holding call and a Mountaineers sack ended the Dukes’ chances of leaving Morgantown with a victory.

Yet even though the game ended, the strange events continued to unfold. West Virginia players gave first-year head coach Neal Brown a Gatorade bath to celebrate the win—a tradition typically reserved for games that end with trophy ceremonies.

It’s only Week 1, folks. If James Madison and West Virginia are any indication, this season is going to be an interesting one.

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National Signing Day 2019: How did things shake out in the DMV? 

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National Signing Day 2019: How did things shake out in the DMV? 

February's official National Signing Day is finally here as prospective college football players sign their National Letters of Intent to their preferred school.

Playing off my January 10 DMV-related things to consider ahead of February's official signing day -- and in no particular rhyme, rhythm, sequence or order -- how did things shake out in the DMV?

1. Maryland and Mike Locksley lock up 11 of their 17 incoming recruits on Wednesday, headlined by four-star QB Lance LeGendre. 

LeGendre, a four-star quarterback from New Orleans, chose to call College Park home over Florida State and is considered one of the top dual-threat guys in his class.

Seven of the 17 class members hail from D.C., Maryland or Virginia.

2. Virginia Tech adds three key pieces to head coach Justin Fuente's 2019 class Wednesday, including offensive guard Doug Nester.

When former starter Josh Jackson and backup Hendon Hooker announced their plans to transfer in January, the Hokies turned their attention to Knox Kadum. The 6-foot-3, 188-pound QB verbally committed to James Madison Jan. 27, but after offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen flew to Georgia to see Kadum throw, things took a dynamic turn. The official scholarship was offered shortly after. Life changed.

Nester, who had long been committed to Ohio State, changed his mind late in the game after an official visit Sunday. The Kenova, West Virginia native is a four-star 6-foot-6, 300-pounder ready to work the trenches for offensive line coach Vance Vice.

3. The Virginia Cavaliers did most of their damage during the Early Signing Day, but received several solid commitments Wednesday nonetheless.

Bronco Mendenhall received a commitment from three-star quarterback Luke Wentz. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete hails from Germany and plays for the Paderborn Dolphins. Say hello to the first-ever European quarterback to sign with a Power 5 school.

Another Wednesday signee brings plenty of experience to Charlottesville. Alex Gellerstedt joins the Cavs as a grad transfer with two years of eligibility after appearing in eight career games over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

4. Richmond signed an offensive lineman who led his high school to four-straight conference championships in Viera, Florida.

Gavin Lamp was a key part of an impressive run at Viera High School during his four years on the team. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman should have a chance to come in and compete right away for the Spiders.

Noah Holmes (LB, Warhill), Marlem Lewis (DE, Venice, Florida), Scott Schenke (LG/DE, Venice, Florida), and Xavier Marshall (DB, Charlotte, North Carolina) round out the rest of Richmond's Wednesday signees.

5. First-year West Virginia head coach Neal Brown lands first signee of tenure.

Defensive lineman Jordan Jefferson (Navarre, Florida) flew under the radar in recruiting but may have landed with the Mountaineers due to members of Brown's staff having come from the Troy University football program.

6. James Madison 2019 class features three signees who played together at Good Counsel in Olney, Maryland.

Jalen Green (OLB), Julio Ayamel (ILB) and most recently Latrele Palmer (RB) will bring teammate chemistry to Harrisonburg and join a team that went 9-4 before losing to Colgate in the second round of the 2018 FCS playoffs

7. Old Dominion adds four players to the 28 total entering Norfolk following a season that saw the Monarchs finish with eight losses for the first time in program history.

Among Wednesday's signees was Lake Taylor wide receiver Javon Harvey. The Norfolk, Virginia native caught 36 passes for 866 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver. On the other side of the ball, he logged 50 tackles with eight pass break-ups and three interceptions as a defensive back for the Titans, who reached the Class 4 state championship game.

8. First-year William & Mary head coach Mike London solidifies 10 players for his 2019 class on Wednesday, including a lineman from St. John's College High School.

6-foot-4, 331-pound Rian Haigler joins the Tribe after a solid high school career which has him ready and well-equipped to play guard, tackle or center at the next level.

9. First-year head coach Hugh Freeze and Liberty land two of the state’s top cornerbacks Wednesday.

Ocean Lakes High’s Tayvion Land and Manchester High’s Kei’Trel Clark join the Flames as third and fourth signees from Virginia in this class. Land, a four-star prospect by Rivals' standards, is the first four-star recruit to sign with Liberty.

10. This has long been solidified, but DeMatha Catholic's DeMarco Hellams is Alabama bound to play for the legendary Nick Saban. 

The 2018 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year hauled in 78 receptions for well over 1,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. But don't forget: he's committed to play defensive back at Alabama. The two-way player had 12 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns, and 91 tackles. 

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James Madison at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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James Madison at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Winners of two straight, James Madison will hope to continue its victorious run against rival Delaware. 

The Blue Hens, meanwhile, have won four of their first six conference games and will be looking to keep pace in the competitive CAA when they host the Dukes at Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

James Madison at Delaware How to Watch

What: James Madison Dukes at Delaware Blue Hens
Where: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Del. 
When: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder)

James Madison at Delaware Preview

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Record: James Madison (9-9, 2-3)  Delaware (12-7, 4-2)
Last Game: 74-65 win vs. Towson 1/12 (James Madison), 71-58 loss at College of Charleston, 1/12 (Delaware)
Leading Scorers: Stuckey Mosley, 15.7 ppg (James Madison), Eric Carter, 17.3 ppg (Delaware)