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New Eastern Washington University Football Coach Aaron Best, left, poses for photos with his wife Kim, second from right, and their children Texis, 3, Tenli, 6, and Tank, 8 after Best was announced as the new football coach, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at EWU. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, midnight

EWU Coach Aaron Best

New Eastern Washington University Football Coach Aaron Best is officially introduced, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, during a press conference.

During a tackling exercise, Eastern Washington offensive line coach Aaron Best works with his players during spring ball in 2012. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Aaron Best named head coach at Eastern Washington

After spending a life in the trenches, Aaron Best has scaled the mountain. Twenty years after arriving in Cheney as a freshman offensive lineman, Best was named Saturday as the 21st head football coach at his alma mater, Eastern Washington ...

During a tackling exercise, Eastern Washington offensive line coach Aaron Best works with his players during spring ball in 2012. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, midnight

EWU Aaron Best

Continuing a tradition of rewarding success, Eastern Washington announced Saturday evening that offensive line coach Aaron Best will become the school’s 21st head coach.

EWU players gather at Roos Field after a game on Dec. 10, 2016, in Cheney. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 11:45 p.m.

Eastern Washington coaches, players ponder their future

As the Eastern Washington basketball team was playing Northern Arizona on Thursday night, all was quiet down the hall. In the EWU football offices, co-interim head coaches Aaron Best and Jeff Schmedding were pondering a future that is out of ...

Former Eastern Washington Eagles wide receiver Kendrick Bourne will play in Saturday’s NFLPA game. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 8:52 p.m.

Former Eastern Washington stars Bourne, Ebukam chase NFL dreams Saturday

Three former Eastern Washington football players will chase their dreams in postseason all-star games over the next two weekends. Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne and defensive end Samson Ebukam will play Saturday in the National Football League Players Association Bowl in ...

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 12:07 a.m.

Jacob Wiley rolls and Eastern Washington topples Northern Arizona

There was no letdown Thursday night at Reese Court – not for Eastern Washington and certainly not for Jacob Wiley. Coming off a tough loss at Weber State and facing a struggling NAU squad, the Eagles could have mailed this ...

Eastern Washington running back Sam McPherson, shown scoring against Washington State, said the Eagle players expect an in-house hire to replace head coach Beau Baldwin. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 7:51 p.m.

EWU coaches, players cope with uncertainty

After two days of tumult, it’s mostly quiet on the Eastern front. Day Three of the post-Beau Baldwin era at Eastern Washington passed in relative silence, as the coaches – what’s left of them – hit the recruiting trail up ...

The big question is whether Eastern Washington selects a new head coach who will continue the passing tradition continued this season by  Gage Gubrud. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

Eastern Washington faces tough choice in new head football coach

Eastern Washington just lost its head coach, but athletic director Bill Chaves said he hopes to preserve the program’s identity. Which is what, exactly? Is it the inherent culture of the program, or is it the highly successful passing offense ...

Eastern Washington’s interim co-head coaches Jeff Schmedding, left, and Aaron Best are working the phones to keep Eagles recruits in place. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

Eagles work hard to keep recruiting class intact

Perhaps the best news for Eastern Washington football on Tuesday was delivered by a 17-year-old via social media. “100 percent committed and have been since day one,” tweeted Darreon Moore, a wide receiver from Kennewick. That was welcome news for ...

Beau Baldwin is moving on to become the offensive coordinator at the University of California. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Beau Baldwin leaving EWU to become offensive coordinator at Cal

The decision didn’t come easily. Neither did the words. His voice halting, Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin confirmed Monday afternoon that he’s the new offensive coordinator at the University of California. “I’ve been good all day, and all of ...

Through a lot of victories and a few defeats Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin remained a voice of reason for his players. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Blanchette: Baldwin leaves behind blueprint for success

Blanchette: With a date in the national championship game at stake in 2010, Beau Baldwin called a timeout and summoned quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to his side. Just 91 seconds remained in the semifinal against Villanova, and five yards would get Eastern Washington and it’s slim three-point lead to kneel-down territory.

Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin and his  quarterback, Gage Gubrud, brewed up another successful season in Cheney for 2016. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 8 a.m.

New contract rewards Beau Baldwin’s winning ways with Eastern Washington football

Even at $240,000 a year, Beau Baldwin is one of the biggest bargains in college football. Baldwin’s 85-32 record is seventh best in the history of the Big Sky Conference. He’s also won five conference titles (while going 58-14), an FCS national championship in 2010 and taken the Eagles on several deep runs in the postseason.

Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Eastern Washington ranked fourth in final FCS polls

The Eastern Washington University football team ended the postseason 10 positions higher than the way it started by ranking fourth in a pair of final NCAA Football Championship Subdivision polls announced Monday.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp hauls in a long pass for a first down against Youngstown State during the FCS semifinal at Roos Field on Dec. 17. On Thursday, Kupp was named the FCS Offensive Player of the Year from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Director's Association. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 10:17 a.m.

Cooper Kupp wins national award from athletic directors

Former Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp won another big honor Thursday. After another record-breaking year, Kupp earned a repeat selection as the FCS offensive player of the year from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Director’s Association. Kupp is ...

Troy Taylor, right, oversaw a record-setting passing offense this year at Eastern Washington. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

Troy Taylor, EWU gained from one-year partnership

Troy Taylor made the most of his one year at Eastern Washington, and so did the Eagles. That makes Taylor’s departure this week for Utah a little easier to swallow for EWU fans, who watched a record-setting offense lead the ...

Troy Taylor will bring his innovative offense to the Utah Utes next season. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Utes lure EWU coach Troy Taylor to Utah

Utah’s next offensive coordinator was scheming against high school teams two years ago. But in hiring Troy Taylor – a former NFL quarterback and a respected passing guru – Utah football feels it may be hitting upon the next big ...

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Record: 12-2

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EWU vs. Youngstown State

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