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JMU roundup: Dukes make changes to football staff


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James Madison University football coaches Jeff Durden and Chris Malone were released from the coaching staff, head coach Mickey Matthews announced Friday.

Durden had served on the coaching staff for nine years as the offensive coordinator and eight as the quarterbacks coach, while Malone was with the program for six years as the offensive line coach and one as the run game coordinator.

"Today, I released offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jeff Durden and run game coordinator/offensive line coach Chris Malone from their duties on our staff," Matthews said in a press release. "On behalf of everyone at JMU, I want to say thank you for their dedication and numerous contributions to the football program. It is a tough day because they are good friends and excellent football coaches. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors."

The Dukes went 7-4 this season, and struggled throughout the year on offense. JMU missed the FCS playoffs for the third time in the last four years.



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