Vanderbilt has announced the hiring of Mark Byington as their new head men’s basketball coach. During his time at JMU, Byington posted an impressive 82-36 record and led the Dukes to the 2023-24 NCAA Tournament. They secured a win over Wisconsin in the first round, but ended up losing to Duke in the second round.

JMU has received a $500,000 buyout following Byington’s departure. The university will now focus on finding a suitable replacement for Byington as the transfer window is open and players are looking for opportunities to play next season. Jeff Bourne, who is set to retire, will have to make another hire to fill the head basketball coaching position.

In addition to finding a new basketball coach, JMU is also faced with finding a new athletic director due to Bourne’s impending retirement. With president Jonathan Alger set to leave for the summer and the recent hiring of a new head football coach, Bob Chesney, following Curt Chinetti’s departure to Indiana, there has been a significant transition within JMU’s athletic department.

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