Runaway Rumble: JU dominates UNF for season sweep, 71-39
For the first time since 1971, Jacksonville University completed an undefeated home season, and they did it with an impressive 71-39 win over cross-town rivals UNF to complete a sweep in the River City Rumble Wednesday night at a packed Swisher Gymnasium.
Cinderella Dolphins await assignment in NCAA baseball regionals
In the history of Jacksonville sports, there are a few teams who wore the title of Cinderella particularly well. The 1970 Jacksonville University basketball team. The 1996 Jaguars. And now, you can add the 2021 JU baseball team to the list.
Jordan Mincy the ‘right person’ to help rebuild JU basketball brand
Jordan Mincy was introduced as the new men's basketball coach at JU on Friday. Mincy vowed to JU players on Friday that they would win and be a part of a program that they’re proud to call their own. And he wants former JU players to be a part of the new era coming in. Gilmore led JU to the 1970 national championship game and later became an NBA hall of famer. And there’s a lot of good coaches, but it’s about finding the right person for your place, and Jordan’s that.”
JU fills basketball vacancy with Gators assistant Jordan Mincy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University is filling its basketball vacancy with a coach from just down the road in Gainesville. Jordan Mincy, an assistant at the University of Florida, is the Dolphins new head basketball coach, the school announced on Thursday. Mincy, 34, spent the past six seasons as an assistant on Mike White’s coaching staff at Florida. “I can’t wait to get to work as we start writing the next chapter in Jacksonville basketball history,” Mincy said in a release. Jasick was hired in 2014 to replace Cliff Warren, the most successful coach in JU history.
JU fires men’s basketball coach Tony Jasick
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University shook things up in its men’s basketball program Monday, firing coach Tony Jasick. Jasick just completed his seventh season with the Dolphins. JU went 11-13 this season and didn’t compete in the conference tournament due to COVID-19 precautionary procedures. “First I want to thank Tony for his many years of service to this program, these young men and to this University,” said athletic director Alex Ricker-Gilbert. What we have in front of us is an opportunity to embrace our role as Jacksonville’s University, to build upon the strong foundation of our rich basketball history.”Jasick was hired in 2014 to replace Cliff Warren, the most successful coach in JU history.
Former JU All-American baseball pitcher authors children’s book
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Matt Dobbins is one of the best pitchers to ever play at Jacksonville University. His supportive sidekick, a kangaroo named Ridley Roo, helps Duncan overcome his fear of flying. “My wife’s brother, Charles Hedrick, he’s a University of Florida grad and he is an art major,” Dobbins said. And he knocked out the park.”Dobbins says he’s seen support coming from all of the community as the book gains more and more attention. Maybe even a baseball book about bouncing back after failure.
JU, UNF fall sports seasons postponed due to COVID-19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Atlantic Sun Conference postponed its fall sports regular season and championships on Friday morning, potentially pushing the seasons of both Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida until spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ASUN Presidents Council said that holding a spring season for the postponed fall sports is a priority for the league. "Obviously this is a huge disappointment," said ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart. "Anyone who follows college sports understands the dynamics that brought us to this decision, but that doesn't mean we like it. We will make every effort to provide a quality competitive experience for our fall student-athletes during the spring semester, Gumbart said.
JU taking precautions as athletes resume workouts, eye competing this fall
JU will not allow fans at any sporting event and athletes will not be taking any flights to travel to games. Earlier this month, the school announced that fans would not be allowed at sporting events this fall but that isnt the only change the Dolphins are making to their fall sports. While game schedules and travel procedures for the fall are being finalized, the Atlantic Sun Conference is still working to decide on testing procedures for game day. It is just more structured practice and athletics is already structured but now it is even more structured. Right now, the A-Sun is still planning on fall sports playing this fall.
JU will begin fall sports season without fans in thee stands
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Jacksonville University will begin its fall sports season without fans in the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic the school announced in a video posted on the colleges website. President Tim Cost touched on multiple topics in video that lasted nearly six minutes, from social distancing protocol and masks, to the ability to be flexible during unprecedented times. For now, in line with all of the guidance all around the country, at all major universities like ours, theres going to be a limit on how we gather together. In other words, no more than ten at a time in any one place, Cost said. In fact, virtual meetings are going to be strongly recommended.
JU taking cautious approach in deciding when athletes can return to campus
The NCAA Division I Council voted to allow athletes to resume voluntary workouts on campus this past Monday, although not all colleges are rushing athletes back to school. Two weeks ago, the NCAA said student-athletes could return to on-campus voluntary workouts beginning June 1. Jacksonville University athletic director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said that the Dolphins are being a bit more cautious with their approach in bringing athletes back to school. He doesnt expect JUs athletes to return to campus until late June or early July. Ricker-Gilbert said it isnt something he wants to think about at this point, but JU will do what is best for its athletes.
Put the fin-ishing touch on your ride with JU pride
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University students and alumni have a nifty new way to take their school spirit on the road. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is rolling out an updated version of specialty plates for JU faithful featuring the school’s name, redesigned logo and classic color scheme. The redesigned specialty plates are available now at tax collector and other government offices across Florida, and the state says more than 1,000 people have registered theirs as of October. Drivers will have to pay a $25 specialty plate fee on top of the standard costs associated with plate registrations. To see a complete list of available plates, visit the department’s website.