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Eags’ questions could be answered early against UW

EWU opens its 2010 college football season at 4 p.m. today against the Washington Huskies in Seattle.  You can read the game advance that appeared in this morning's S-R here, and check back for quarterly updates on the game.  You can also keep tabs on the Eagles by following me at http://twitter.com/srbergum.

Note: We've knocked offline at Husky Stadium, precluding any updates or tweets for the time being.

Eags ready for challenge of repeating

Eastern Washington's defending NCAA Divisioin I football champions opened fall camp in Cheney on Wednesday, and most of the question directed at head coach Beau Baldwin and his players were about the possibilities of repeating last year's magical run.

You can read the practice story that appeared in this morning's S-R here.

EWU planning LOI luncheon on Wednesday

I've got a call in to Eastern coach Beau Baldwin, hoping to get some general comments on recruiting and how it was impacted by the Eagles' drive to the NCAA Division I football championship.

I'll post something as soon as I can on that front, but until then, you can get details on the special letter-of-intent signing day gathering Baldwin has planned on Wednesday here, and you can read about a North Mason prep standout who has committed to play for the Eagles next fall here.

Eagles easing into title game preparations

Coach Beau Baldwin and his top-ranked Eastern Washington football team will get in a couple of practices prior to taking a brief break for the upcoming Christmas holiday.  And once the Eagles return, they will begin all-out preparations for their Jan. 7 showdown against Delaware in the NCAA Division I Championship game that will play out in Frisco, Texas.

You can take an early look at the practice-plan story that will appear in Tuesday morning’s S-R here, and you get more details on how to buy tickets for the title game here.


Eags’ Baldwin finalist for Coach of Year award

Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin, who has his No. 1-ranked Eagles in the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, has been named one of five finalists for the esteemed Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year Award.

More details here

Baldwin keeps it going at Eastern

In only his third season as Eastern Washington University’s head football coach, Beau Baldwin has the Eagles in the FCS playoffs for the second straight year and poised to advance to the semifinals for only the second time in school history.

This story on EWU’s successful young coach ran in Friday’s morning’ s S-R. And check back on Saturday for an early look at the game story from tomorrow’s quarterfinal-round showdown between the Eagles and North Dakota State..

Eags thump ISU, earn share of Big Sky title

Eastern Washington University used Bo Levi Mitchell’s four first-half touchdown passes to cruise past Idaho State 34-7 at Roos Field on Saturday and earn a share of the Big Sky Conference football title.

You can read the game story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R here and take a look at what EWU’s sports information department posted about the game here.

FCS playoff paring come out early on Sunday morning, and I will have a post on where the Eagles get seeded as soon as possible.

Concern over Saturday’s foe grow for Eags’ Baldwin

Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin was concerned about Saturday’s regular-seson finale against Idaho State at Roos Field even before it was announced that it will be John Zamberlin’s final game as the Bengals coach.

You can read about Baldwin’s increased concerns and how he felt about his former mentor at Central Washington University getting axed in this story that ran in Tuesday morning’s S-R.  In addition, you can read EWU’s weekly game notes here and access the Big Sky’s weekly football press release here.

And be sure to check back later in the week for a feature story we’re doing on Eastern’s senior tight end Matt Martin, a former B8 standout at LaCrosse-Washtucna High School.

Zamberlin out as Idaho State coach

Idaho State has announced that its head football coach John Zamberlin will be relieved of his duties following Saturday’s Big Sky game against Eastern Washington at Roos Field.

Eagles head coach Beau Baldwin spents six seasons (1997-2002) as Zamberlin’s quarterbacks coach at Central Washington before hiring on at EWU as Paul Wulff’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

You can see the story the Idaho State Journal ran on Zamberlin’s dismissal and find out how his players reacted here.




Mitchell right answer for Eags’ QB question

By his own admission, Bo Levi Mitchell has yet to play his best game as Eastern Washington’s starting quarterback.  And that would seem to bode well for the future, considering the first-year junior transfer has helped put the Eagles in a late-season position they haven’t been in since 1997.

You can read the feature on Mitchell that ran in this morning’s S-R here. And don’t forget to check back later for an early look at the game advance for Saturday’s Southern Utah-EWU matchup that will run in tomorrow’s S-R.

Baldwin: Stakes still high for Eagles

Eastern Washington would seem to have a bit of an FCS playoff cushion as it heads into its final two regular-season football games.  But Eagles’ coach Beau Baldwin insists the stakes are still extremely high for his team as it prepares to take on Southern Utah in a non-conference game at Roos Field on Saturday.

You can read Baldwin’s comments in my Big Sky Notebook for Tuesday’s paper. There is also  this link to the weekly game notes supplied by EWU’s sports information department, along with this link to the football roundup posted by the Big Sky office and this link to the notes SUU’s sports info folks have on Saturday’s game. 


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?



Eags survive big Sac State scare

With its offense struggling once again on Saturday, Eastern Washington took advantage of a horrible Sacramento State punt late in the game to put together a game-winning 35-yard touchdown drive and retain a share of the Big Sky Conference lead.

You can take a look at the game story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R here.


Eags win despite offensive struggles

Eastern Washington’s offense committed five turnovers on Saturday, but its defense came through with a huge effort in an important 21-14 Big Sky Conference win over Northern Arizona at Roos Field.

You can read the game story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R here, and you can see what EWU’s sports information department posted about the game here.

And be sure to check back tomorrow for additional thoughts and comments on the victory.



Eagles face CWU at Qwest Field

Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin sends his Eagles up against his alma mater, Central Washiington,  tonight at Qwest Field in Seattle.  Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m., and we will post a link to the game story right here as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you can check out the game advance that ran in this morning’s S-R here, and see what EWU’s sports information department posted about the upcoming game here.

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.

EWU starters held out of final scrimmage

Eastern Washington University staged its final scrimmage of fall camp Wednesday after, and head coach Beau Baldwin opted to rest most of his starters.  You can read the short scrimmage story that appeared in Thursday morning’s S-R here, and you read the report that was posted on EWU’s website here.

I’ve included some additional thoughts and comments about the scrimmage below, so read on.  Also, you might find this article that ran in the Missoulian Thursday morning of interest, considering how upset Montana fans are with the ticketing policy in place at EWU.

Jones healthy as Eags open fall camp

I’ve returned from Eastern’s first fall football practice and, as promised, I have posted this link to the story that will run in Tuesday morning’s S-R.  I also got my first in-person look at the red turf that is being installed at what will soon be known as Roos Field, and I like it.

But please consider I am red-green colorblind — a condition that was first noticed when I was four years old and playing “I Spy” with a favorite aunt.  I stumped her while spying on something “red,” and after she gave up I told her it was the grass.

Eags are back in the ‘Game’

Eastern Washington University will cap spring football practice this afternoon with its annual Red-White Game, and Eagles coach Beau Baldwin plans to make it as game-like as possible.

You can read an unedited version of the Red-White advance that will appear in Saturday morning’s S-R below, and you can check out what EWU’s sports information department posted about the game here.  I’ve also included this link to a Q&A the Eagles’ sports info folks did on starting quarterback favorite Bo Levi Mitchell.

Mitchell comes up big again in EWU scrimmage

Eastern Washington University staged is second scrimmage of spring football practice at Woodward Field on Saturday, and Bo Levi Mitchell seemed to further solidify his case for becoming the Eagles’ next starting quarterback.

You can read an unedited version of the scrimmage story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R below, and you can check out what EWU’s sports information department has to say about the scrimmage here.

Looking back on EWU’s first scrimmage

Beau Baldwin was dealing with some mixed feelings Saturday afternoon after putting his Eastern Washington football team through its first scrimmage of spring drills.

The Eagles offense ran 55 plays, turning several into big gains, but coughed up the football four times.  You can read the scrimmage story that appeared in Sunday morning’s S-R here; you can check out what EWU’s sports information office had to say about the scrimmage here, and check out video highlights from both KREM and  KXLY.

I’ve included some personal thoughts below on Saturday’s scrimmage and EWU’s ongoing quarterback competition, along with some additional post-scrimmage comments from Baldwin and Bo Levi Mitchell.

Please read on, and feel free to leave any commments you might have on anything Eastern football right here.

Mitchell masterful in EWU scrimmage

Bo Levi Mitchell, a junior to be and first-year transfer from Southern Methodist University, was the most of impressive of the five quarterbacks Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin used during Saturday’s first scrimmage of spring drills.

You can read an unedited version of the scrimmage story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R below, and be sure to check back tomorrow for additional thoughts and comments from Saturday’s scrimmage.

Eags don pads in search of next QB

Eastern Washington University football coach Beau Baldwin put his team through its first full-pads workout of spring drills Wednesday afternoon and felt his Eagles were a little flat, at times, during a full-contact practice that ended a prolonged layoff.

You can check out the practice story that ran in Wednesday morning’s S-R here, and you can read some additional thoughts and comments from Baldwin, quarterbacks coach Zak Hill and  two of the six players competing for the starting quarterback job below.

QBs abound as Eags open spring drills

Eastern Washington opened spring football practice Wednesday afternoon with six players trying to secure the starting quarterback position that has been manned for the past four seasons by Matt Nichols.

You can read an unedited story on the first day of practice that will appear in Thursday morning’s S-R below.

QB battle on at Eastern

Eastern Washington University opens spring football practice this afternoon, with six players expected to compete for the starting quarteback position vacated last fall by record-setting senior Matt Nichols.

You can read the start-of-practice story that ran in Wednesday morning’s S-R here, and you check out what EWU’s sports information office published on spring drills here.  And check back later today for an early look at the first-practice story that will appear in Thursday’s S-R.

Finding next QB is Eagles’ top priority

We ran a year-ender story on Eastern Washington’s football program in the S-R this morning, and Eagles coach Beau Baldwin made it clear that finding his next starting quarterback is his top priority heading into the offseason.

You can access the S-R story here, and feel free to leave any comments you might have about what you feel are EWU’s most pressing issues that must be solved prior to the start of the 2010 season.

Looking back on Eags’s first league loss

There wasn’t much to recommend — for Eagles fans, at least — about Saturday’s 31-13 Big Sky Conference football loss to Weber State.

A couple of school records were set, sure.  And some fourth-quarter offensive fireworks that fizzled out in deep in the red zone were entertaining. But the Eagles were beaten badly in the trenches on both sides of the football, which allowed Weber State to remain committed to the run, while Eastern seemed a bit scattered in its play calling afternoon.

For more details on the game, you can read this game story that appeared in Sunday’s S-R and this gamer that ran in the Ogden Standard Examiner.  I’ve also included this link to a Standard Examiner sidebar on the final minute and a half of the first half that went so bad for Eastern, along with this link to the post-game story on EWU’s webside and this link to what the sports information folks at Weber State filed on the game. 

You can check out summaries of all the Big Sky games that were played on Saturday here, and be sure to check below for additional post-game thoughts and comments on the Weber State-EWU game.


Eagles far from perfect in victory

Eastern Washington’s 16-0 win over Big Sky Conference rival Northern Colorado on Saturday, while satisfying to most of those watching from the Woodward Field stands, was far from a masterpiece in the minds of the Eagles’ players and coaches.

Granted, the defensive effort was as good as I can recall. But Eastern’s offense looked lost, at times, in sputtering its way to a mere 13 first downs and 292 total yards.  There were also some obvious problems with the kicking game — problems that could undoubtedly cost the Eagles’a  game down the line.

Read on for more on what was behind EWU’s lack of offensive production and several links to related stories about Saturday’s game.


A look back at Eags’ season-opening win

Here’s hoping Eastern Washington football coach Bean Baldwin and his staff took at least a couple of hours to enjoy Saturday’s season opening 35-14 win before checking out the telecast of the abuse next Saturday’s opponent, California, put on Maryland.

52-13? Ouch!

But before we start delving into the abyss of problems the Golden Bears might present next weekend, let’s look back on Saturday’s win over the Division II Wolves.

Read on.

Wolves first test for Eagles

Eastern Washington University will open it’s 2009 football season against Western Oregon, an NCAA Division II school based in Monmouth, Ore., at Woodward Field on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m.

Due to the shrinking news hole in The Spokesman-Review, we will not be running detailed game advances on Eastern, Idaho or Whitworth on Saturdays this fall.  Those advances will be replaced by short, overviews that will run as part of our new scaled-down GameDay page.  So, rather than give you blog readers a early read of Eastern’s overview, I will attemt to post a more in-depth weekly look at the Eagles upcoming game and opponent.

Read on, and please feel free to leave any thoughts you might have on Eastern right here.