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Just who will EWU get to replace Burns?


The story that doesn’t seem to slow down right now is Eastern Washington’s ill-timed dismissal of head basketball coach Mike Burns.

Dave Trimmer talked with a lot of local coaches who may or may not be considered candidates for the EWU position, and many of them had harsh things to say about the Eagles’ move. Which might give you a clue how hard it will be for Eastern to fill the position with someone locally – if that’s the direction the school wanted to take.

Honestly, I don’t have any idea who the new coach will be, but I don’t believe the person’s name has been mentioned yet.

Expect more in the way of stories from Dave and information on his blog.

• The Cougar basketball team is headed Down Under this week to play a series of exhibition games in New Zealand and Australia. Glenn Kasses’ parting gift to WSU fans is this story about the trip and the two players to whom it means the most.

• This is actually a Spokane Shock story, but because the subject matter, defensive back Alex Teems, is a former Cougar, we’ll put the link here.

• Speaking of former Cougars, the P-I’s Go-to-Guy, Jim Moore, attended the Cougar golf tournament in Seattle and filed this column.

• Lewis-Clark State won the NAIA World Series again, the Warriors’ sixth title in eight years.

• Spencer Hawes says he is still thinking about returning to UW. Or not. Wonder if that is some ploy to affect which team picks him or a true sentiment?

• The UW softball team no-hit De Paul and advanced at the softball College World Series.

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Chris Derrick Chris Derrick is a sports reporter. His primary coverage areas are the Spokane Chiefs, Spokane Indians, women's basketball and high school softball and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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