James Madison University had a magical season. It wasn’t without controversy as the NCAA denied their postseason waiver but that doesn’t take away the season the team had. The issue with a great season by a smaller program is that bigger schools take notice. Days after their head coach left to coach in the Big Ten, starting quarterback Jordan McCloud announced he will be entering the transfer portal.
BREAKING: JMU QB Jordan McCloud plans to enter the Transfer Portal, @On3sports has learned
The 6’0 200 QB led JMU to an 11-1 record, throwing for 3,413 yards & 32 TDs. Also rushed for 311 yards & 8 TDs
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) December 2, 2023
James Madison University QB Jordan McCloud Enters Portal
McCloud had a great statistical season throwing for 3,413 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was a huge part of why James Madison had a successful season. Recently, he was named the Player of the Year in the Sun Belt conference. He now enters a portal that is crowded with quarterbacks. However, there are a lot of teams that are looking to fill that position. He should have no problems finding a new home with a lucrative NIL deal.
They Still Get To Go Bowling
It would have stunk if this team didn’t get to go to a bowl game. The program is in the process of moving from the FCS to the FBS and petitioned the NCAA to reduce the transition time from two years to one. The NCAA denied the waiver and the only way they would be bowl eligible is if there weren’t enough eligible teams. Lo and behold, there were not enough teams eligible and the Dukes will go bowling.
It is great that the fan base gets to experience a bowl game. However, in 2024 they will need to figure out a way to reload. They have a foundation of winning and hopefully can continue that in future years.