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Adam Shackleford didn’t think coaching was in his immediate future after the Spokane Empire shuttered operations in July.
Adam Shackleford didn’t think coaching was in his immediate future after the Spokane Empire shuttered operations in July.

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Spokane Empire to cease operations

UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

The Spokane Empire take the opening kickoff against the Colorado Crush in front of a sparse crowd, May 26, 2017, in Spokane Arena. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The Spokane Empire is out of business for the 2018 season and probably for good unless a local owner or ownership group steps forward.

Spokane Empire players named to All-IFL team

Wed., June 28, 2017, 4:13 p.m.

Spokane Empire defensive lineman John Griggs was named to the first team All-IFL team, while defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau was named to the second team, the Indoor Football League announced on Wednesday.

Spokane Empire’s season ends with last-second road loss to Salt Lake

Fri., June 16, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Verlon Reed hit Devin Mahina with a 2-yard touchdown pass as time expired and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles beat the Spokane Empire 45-42 on Friday, knocking the Empire from Indoor Football League playoff contention. The Empire (8-8) dropped six of their last seven games after starting the season 7-2.

Spokane Empire need victory, help to reach IFL playoffs

UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Empire head coach Adam Shackleford (left) has made another change at quarterback, inserting Marcus McDade as the starter in place of Aaron Wilmer (16). (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane has spent the last half of the Indoor Football League regular season playing its way out of the postseason. The Empire have dropped five of their last six games but the playoff door is still ajar.

Spokane Empire devastated by Iowa Barnstormers in 30-point loss

UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Travis Partridge threw five touchdown passes and the Iowa Barnstormers never trailed, convincingly beating the Spokane Empire 58-28 on Friday in Indoor Football League action. Partridge was 9 of 19 for 186 yards, with two interceptions, for Iowa (13-2). He also rushed for 88 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.

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