James Madison’s new football coach turns to spread offense

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) New James Madison football coach Mike Houston says he is leaving the triple-option behind at The Citadel and will employ an attacking spread offense that operates out of the shotgun with the Dukes.

Houston was introduced Tuesday at JMU. He replaces Everett Withers, who left to become the head coach at Texas State.

Houston spent two seasons at The Citadel, compiling a 14-11 record. The Bulldogs were 9-4 this season, including a 23-22 upset of South Carolina in their regular season finale, and reached the second round of the FCS playoffs. The winning record was just the fourth in Bulldogs' history and included a share of the Southern Conference title.

Prior to taking over at The Citadel, Houston coached three years at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne, compiling a 29-8 record.