James Madison celebrates after defeating Connecticut during an NCAA college football game in Harrisonburg, Va., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP) ORG XMIT: VAHAR120
Another day, another development in James Madison University football’s endeavoring to make a bowl game: Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares has hired a law firm to represent the school in a potential lawsuit.
The law firm Hunton Andrew Kurth sent a three-page later to the NCAA ahead of its decision Wednesday to deny James Madison’s postseason waiver request and asks for a response by noon Friday.
“We fully hope and expect that the various Committees and the NCAA as a whole will do the right thing and allow JMU to compete in whatever bowl game its performance warrants,” the letter says. Failing that, “JMU is prepared to promptly file a lawsuit in the Western District of Virginia asserting that the bowl ban violates the antitrust and, potentially, other laws.”
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Miyares released a statement following the NCAA’s denial of a waiver as well, saying “The NCAA has proven it is a broken institution which continues to make arbitrary and capricious decisions that are anti-competitive and have a profoundly negative impact on student-athletes, JMU, the Commonwealth of Virginia, collegiate football and athletes as a whole.”
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors Administrative Committee – the body that denied the latest waiver request – reaffirmed its stance. The committee stated the two-year requirement keeping James Madison out of a bowl game this season is in place to ensure programs are in a sustainable position.
“The board continues to believe that if Division I members do not think the requirements are…