Created in August of 2018, JMU Sports News was the brainchild of Bennett Conlin, a 2018 JMU alumnus. Bennett quickly added Jack Fitzpatrick, a 2019 alumnus, into the mix. The two of them put together newsletters, host podcasts and write on this website. Both Jack and Bennett have experience working with The Breeze, JMU’s student-run newspaper, as well as JMU’s MadiZONE. Jack’s also worked within the athletic department creating graphics and working games for several years.

Bennett Conlin covering the 2016-17 FCS National Championship in Frisco, Texas.
Jack Fitzpatrick working a football game for JMU’s MadiZONE.

The original goal of JMU Sports News was to cover all of the athletic programs as thoroughly as possible from an objective view. We quickly found it was hard to take off the purple-tinted glasses. While we operate more like a blog, our goal is to add to the discussion surrounding JMU sports.

We created JMU Sports News because we see a bright future for JMU sports media. As the athletic department continues to build elite programs and the loyalty and size of the fanbase rapidly grows, we believe there’s a need for increased JMU coverage across the board.

Our goal isn’t to replace any of these necessary and wonderful local media outlets. Our goal is to provide updates on ALL of JMU’s athletic programs through various platforms. This means we’ll collaborate with local media outlets whenever possible because we want to hear their take on JMU sports, especially since they’ll have a close view of these programs. We believe we can add to the current JMU sports media coverage by helping share their content, while also providing original content.

While it might seem like a stretch right now, we believe it won’t be too long before JMU’s athletic programs start receiving media attention from the likes of ESPN, The Washington Post and The Athletic. If we’re able to help JMU fans digest all of this media better, while also adding original content, we think that helps the JMU fanbase as a whole. That’s our goal.