James Madison quarterback Justin Thorpe will not return to the school for his final year of football eligibility, athletic department sources told NBC12 Friday. Thorpe will presumably transfer, but that has yet to be confirmed, nor has a reason for his departure.
Thorpe played in ten games in 2012, starting nine of them and throwing for 1,529 yards, eleven touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 681 yards and an addition ten scores.
The Varina graduate has seen ups and downs in Harrisonburg. Last season, he was suspended for violating team rules and this year he was benched by head coach Mickey Matthews during the Dukes' loss to Richmond.
His departure opens the door for Matoaca product Michael Birdsong to enter 2013 as the starting quarterback. Birdsong took over for Thorpe during his benching and started two games for the Dukes.
This was all part of a busy Friday for Matthews, who dismissed offensive coordinator Jeff Durdan and running backs/offensive line coach Chris Malone.
Despite a ranking as high as number two in the country during the season, the Dukes experienced a second half slump, finished 7-4 and missed the playoffs.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:09:31 GMT
The Flying Squirrels will go after a much-needed win at The Diamond on Tuesday, but Monday saw the team helping others win in the community. The team held its first annual charity golf tournament at theMore >>
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Sunday, June 16 2013 11:55 PM EDT2013-06-17 03:55:29 GMT
Colonial Downs racetrack hosted their second annual camel and ostrich races as part of the regular slate of races Sunday. Four riders took part in the race, two of them full-time jockeys at the track,More >>
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Sunday, June 16 2013 10:38 PM EDT2013-06-17 02:38:36 GMT
The Reading Fightins (28-39) completed a three-game sweep of the Richmond Flying Squirrels (34-33) with a 5-4 victory in front of 8,040 at The Diamond on Sunday afternoon. The Squirrels established twoMore >>
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Sunday, June 16 2013 12:08 AM EDT2013-06-16 04:08:49 GMT
Jermon Bushrod has gone from the country setting of King George to the bright lights of Chicago, and the big stage of the NFL. His home town, however, is still one of his biggest focal points, and thisMore >>
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Saturday, June 15 2013 11:52 PM EDT2013-06-16 03:52:43 GMT
The Richmond Raiders used a dominant second half to run away from Louisiana, beating the Swashbucklers, 61-45, and clinching a PIFL playoff berth for the second straight year. The Raiders improve to 5-1More >>
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