Andrea Williams has led the Big Sky for the past two years. She has also been a member of the College Football Playoff’s advisory committee and stadium operations team.
The Big Sky Conference’s top players know each other in name, mostly, but on Sunday and Monday in Spokane, they fraternized at the Big Sky Football Kickoff, an annual gathering of the league’s coaches, players and media members.
The Eagles were picked first in the both the preseason Big Sky Conference coaches and media polls released Monday. It's the first time the program was first in both polls since 2014.
Jalen Thompson is presumed to be one of the top returning safeties in the Pac-12 Conference this season and Monday, the Washington State junior featured on a watch list of the top defensive players in the country.
Rob Spear was placed on a 60-day administrative leave in April by Idaho President Chuck Staben following social media accounts early this year from two former Vandals women athletes. The accounts said that five years earlier Spear did not adequately address their complaints that a former UI football player had harassed them and in one instance inappropriately touched one of the women.
On Monday at the DoubleTree Spokane, the Big Sky Conference’s 13 head football coaches along with 26 players will begin answering the media’s questions at 9 a.m. The interviews will be streamed on WatchBigSky.com
Chris Murray, Montana State’s starting quarterback for the past two seasons, will miss the 2018 season to focus on academics.
The NCAA is unable to compel schools to interview minority coaching candidates like the NFL’s Rooney Rule does. So it is putting rising candidates through mock interviews and a comprehensive program to better prepare them for the opportunity to become head football coaches. Penn State’s James Franklin is among those who have gone through the NCAA Champion Forum. The program is now working with Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and others on the verge of being ready for the next step.
Tyler Hilinski cemented his place in Washington State lore in September with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Morrow in double overtime to claim a 47-44 win over Boise State.
Football fans at the University of Idaho officially will be allowed to tailgate after the State Board of Education approved an alcohol permit for 2018 home football games Thursday.
The chatter on the Snapchat group chat had been building toward this day. For months, members of the Washington Huskies’ 2018 recruiting class had kept in touch through their private social-media setting, communicating “every day, all the time,” tight end Devin Culp said.
Perhaps it was the proverbial seven-year itch to do something different, or a chance to spend more weekends with my wife. Either way, I’m now the K-12 education reporter for The Spokesman-Review and no longer covering Eastern Washington University sports.
HERO Sports, Athlon Sports and Street and Smith’s magazine have the Eagles ranked No. 4, No. 6 and No. 14, respectively, in their recent preseason Top 25 polls.
College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. The NCAA Division I Council approved the change and it will take effect Oct. 15. Under the new rule, athletes will notify their current coaches, who have two days to enter the names into a database created and managed by the NCAA that will alert schools who can be recruited. The hope is to end the practice of schools blocking transfers.
It’s been a rough few days for Eastern Washington University products in the Canadian Football League.
WSU will use the spring scrimmage as a platform to promote suicide prevention and mental health awareness – two areas near and dear to Cougar players and fans following the suicide of quarterback Tyler Hilinski in January.
The Big Sky Conference has adopted a rule that would ban student-athletes with convictions for violent crimes from participating in sports or receiving athletic scholarships at league schools.
Idaho football has hired Adam Breske, the son of Vandals defensive coordinator Mike Breske, as its inside linebackers coach – the program announced Tuesday.
The Pac-12 will require its teams to win at least six regular-season games to play in a bowl game, eliminating the opportunity for a 5-7 squad to earn a postseason spot when there are not enough six-win teams nationally to fill the bowls.
Football season is three months away, but Eastern Washington already is on a winning streak.
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