Advertise Here


Posts tagged: chaves

Let’s help Big Sky AD’s set new divisions

The Big Sky announced on Monday that Southern Utah and North Dakota, a pair of NCAA Division II schools in the process of transitioning to Football Championship Subdivision status, have accepted invitations to join the Big Sky Conference.

I’ve included links to related stories below. South Dakota has also been offered an invitation and according to BSC commish Doug Fullerton, is likely to accept,  which would bring the league to 14 football-playing schools and, according to Fullerton, force the Sky to break into two sub divisions.

Fullerton also said one might be able to figure out the likely 7-team division breakdowns by lookiing at a map and checking flight services into and out of the cities involved.  I did, and I have my thoughts on how a North-South divisional setup might play out.

But I think we should all help out the Fullerton and the BSC athletic directors by leaving our own opinions on how a North-South split should shake down. So go ahead and weigh in here with your suggestions.

North teams?  South teams?



EWU brass likes Big Sky expansion plan

Is adding Cal Poly and UC Davis to the football-only mix of the Big Sky Conference a good idea?

The Big Sky brass thinks so, and so do Eastern Washington athletics director Bill Chaves and his head football coach Beau Baldwin.

You can take an early look at the reaction story that will appear in Wednesday morning’s S-R here, and feel free to leave any comments you might on the BSC’s decision to expand on this post.

Eastern extends Earlywine’s contract

Eastern Washington’s athletic director Bill Chaves announced Tuesday morning that the school has extended the contract of Kirk Earlywine, the Eagles’ third-year head men’s basketball coach.

You can read more here.

Chaves comments on 2012 WSU game

I was unable to reach Eastern Washington’s athletic director Bill Chaves on Thursday night after learning of the Eagles’ agreement to play Washington State in football in 2012. But Chaves did issue this statement through EWU’s sports information department on Friday morning.

We would like to know how Eastern fans feel about this upcoming game, so feel free to leave your comments here.

OSU wants out of 2010 game against Eagles

Oregon State, with a lot of help from ESPN, is in the process of backing out of its contracted Sept. 4 football game against Eastern Washington in Corvallis, Ore., this fall. 

Details are still being worked out for a nationally televised game between OSU and Texas Christian, instead.  You can read more here and here.  And you can read EWU athletic director Bill Chaves comments on the potential schedule change below in an unedited version of the reaction story that will appear in Thursday morning’s S-R.

Earlywine resolves “personal matter,” returns to bench

No one at Eastern Washington University is talking publicly about the “personal matter” that prevented Kirk Earlywine, the Eagles’ second-year head men’s basketball coach, from attending Monday night’s 57-48 road to Boise State University in Boise.



But EWU athletic director Bill Chaves said Earlywine has “resolved his personal issue,” and would rejoin the team in Phoenix, Ariz., late Tuesday evening and coach in Friday night’s Big Sky Conference matchup against Northern Arizona that tips off at 6:05 in Flagstaff, Ariz.



Chaves and Earlywine both refused to comment further on the matter when reached by phone. But Earlywine, who watched Monday night’s game via a Boise State webcast and spent some time in his office in Cheney on Tuesday, said he expected to fly into Phoenix late Tuesday evening and conduct Wednesday and Thursday practice sessions with his team, which flew directly from Boise to Phoenix on Tuesday.



Get blog updates by email

About this blog

SportsLink is your portal into sports news around the Inland Northwest and beyond. You'll find updates, notes and opinions, and plenty of reader feedback.


Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on SportsLink.


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.

Recent work by Chris

Sean Kramer Sean Kramer is a freelance correspondent who covers the University of Idaho football team and men's basketball team.

Recent work by Sean

Vince Grippi is the online producer for SportsLink, a product of The Spokesman-Review.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here