Coach Mickey Matthews has been the figure-head of JMU football for the past nine years, and with a national championship under his belt, students say they're excited to have Matthews staying in Harrisonburg.
While some students said they didn't know other teams were interested in Matthews, they thought he might take the job in Alabama since he's been at JMU for a while.
Now that Matthews has announced he's staying, students said it shows his strong level of commitment to JMU.
"I think anytime you have sort of a consistency, especially at a college football level, I think that's even more important in terms of having a reputation and recruiting," says Tim O'Keefe, a sophomore at JMU.
"So it means a lot to me as a student and who's not one of his athletes, so I'm sure it means a ton to his players," says Josh Sanders, a senior at JMU.
Some students also said they hope Matthews' football tradition will continue for a long time at JMU.