Reports have come out in the past few minutes that the Charlotte 49ers have moved to replace its cancelled series with Old Dominion and will instead play James Madison on the road in 2013, as well as presumably at home in 2014. Matthew Stoss from the Daily News-Herald tweeted the news out earlier:
We have confirmation. JMU is playing Charlotte. Official announcement is pending.
— Matthew Stoss (@MatthewStoss) July 24, 2013
It’s an upgrade for the Niners, as they take on a team that has had significant success traditionally on the gridiron. The Dukes finished with a 7-4 record in FCS (5-3 CAA) en route to a ranking of 19 in the national FCS polls in 2012. The year before, they were 8-5 (5-3 FCS) and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Their crowning achievement in recent years was a national championship in 2004 as part of what was a vastly different A-10, which sponsored football at the time.
UPDATE, 7/25, 1:32pm: It’s official: Charlotte AD has made the announcement and posted it to their website. It is indeed a home-and-home series with the Niners heading up to Harrisonburg, VA on September 21; the Dukes will head down to Jerry Richardson Stadium on October 25, 2014.