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Action flick: High-powered Eastern Washington has eyes set on a January trip north of Dallas for FCS title game

With one of its most experienced and talent-stocked rosters in recent history, Eastern Washington has no intention of letting the FCS Playoff Committee dictate its postseason fate.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Mitch Fettig leads backside of Eastern Washington’s secondary

For the last three years, Mitch Fettig, a 6-foot, 175-pound senior, has been a key cog in the Eagles’ 4-2-5 defense, leading the team in tackles last season (92) and …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Tough times reshaped Eastern Washington’s defensive line

The return of Jay-Tee Tiuli, a preseason All-American, along with five starters and 10 letterwinners has this group expecting a dramatic improvement.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Eastern Washington football stocked with talent, experience at linebacker

Kurt Calhoun and Ketner Kupp, a pair of Yakima-area products, combined for 139 tackles a year ago, EWU’s second-and third-leading ballstoppers. They’ve been key cogs in the Eagles’ 4-2-5 scheme.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

Lucky 7s: Charles Akanno, Cutrell Haywood shine as Idaho Vandals hold first fall scrimmage

Mason Petrino had a star turn at quarterback as Colton Richardson was among several prominent players who sat out the session.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Eastern Washington, Idaho land three players apiece on Phil Steel Preseason All-America Teams

National accolades are beginning to pile up for Eastern Washington and Idaho’s top players.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 7:09 p.m.

Plenty of young, talented wide receivers stepping up early in fall camp for the Idaho Vandals

Whoever takes snaps for Idaho will have David Ungerer and Kaden Elliss as veteran targets. But most of Idaho’s receivers are newcomers whose next catches for the Vandals will be …


Redshirt freshmen earning first-team reps on senior-heavy Eastern Washington squad

Few rookies are expected to carve out substantial roles this fall, but a trio of redshirt freshmen – receiver Andrew Boston, defensive end Mitchell Johnson and offensive tackle Matt Shook …


Mason Petrino, Colton Richardson both showing signs of improvement at quarterback for Idaho football

Less than a week into the Idaho Vandals’ preseason camp, Mason Petrino’s overarching issue isn’t a looming quarterback competition with Colton Richardson.


Big Sky football coaches, players come to Spokane for season kickoff event

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 …


Montana State quarterback Chris Murray to miss season, focus on academics

Chris Murray, Montana State’s starting quarterback for the past two seasons, will miss the 2018 season to focus on academics.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Big Sky Conference bans athletes with convictions for violent crimes

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.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Eastern Washington basketball adds high-scoring guard Mike Meadows

Eastern Washington has added a high-scoring guard from Southern California, coach Shantay Legans announced Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

College track and field: Idaho’s Zachary Short, Eastern Washington’s Keshun McGee win events at Big Sky Championships

Idaho sophomore Zachary Short won the men’s shot put and Eastern Washington sophomore Keshun McGee took the men’s long jump during the Big Sky Conference track and field championships Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Eastern Washington basketball adds Savannah State transfer Ralueke Orizu

Eastern Washington has added some size in the frontcourt with the signing of Savannah State transfer Ralueke Orizu, coach Shantay Legans announced Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

Eastern Washington football ends spring camp with feeling of completeness

More than anything, the Eastern Washington players and coaches emerged from four weeks of spring football with a sense of completeness.


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

Offense rules the day as several Vandals shine in Idaho’s Silver and Gold game

A seven-play opening drive that began with a 20-yard pass from Mason Petrino to Kaden Ellis and ended with Petrino racing around right end from two yards out for a …


Vandals noseguards making an impact

The one time Wayne Eades made a tackle in the backfield during an Idaho practice this week, it unleased a tirade from coach Paul Petrino directed at the offensive line.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

University of Idaho granted at least one year to come up with athletics budget plan

The University of Idaho has at least a one-year reprieve to deal with a projected deficit of approximately $1 million in athletics funding.


David Ungerer takes on leadership role among Idaho’s wide receivers

Facing a series of postpractice interviews recently, Idaho senior wide receiver David Ungerer shucked off his shoulder pads before taking on questions.


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

Eastern Washington ‘on the precipice of greatness,’ athletic director candidate Vince Otoupal says

Vince Otoupal didn’t need a microphone Tuesday night.


Vandals conjure up loud spring football scrimmage on both sides of ball

Petrino said the Vandals might have delivered the most physical scrimmage in his five-plus seasons at Idaho.


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

Eastern Washington defense owns the day in first scrimmage of spring camp

The offense rolled up 398 yards and the defense broke up seven passes and made a pair of interceptions, highlighting Eastern Washington’s first full scrimmage of spring camp on Friday …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 5:09 p.m.

Jay-Tee Tiuli leads group of Eastern Washington players ready to bounce back from injury-filled 2017 season

Jay-Tee Tiuli, all 330 pounds of him, walked slowly but purposefully toward the practice field on Wednesday afternoon. The purpose: to raise a little havoc.


New Idaho linebackers coach John Graham finds cupboard full

New University of Idaho linebackers coach John Graham must feel like he bought a house and found the former owner left a trio of luxury vehicles in the garage.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 6:18 p.m.

Three candidates vie to replace Matt Linehan as Idaho’s starting quarterback

As he seeks to become the University of Idaho’s new leader in the quintessential team game, junior quarterback Mason Petrino has already taken one for the team.


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Five things to watch as Idaho football opens first spring camp after moving back to Big Sky Conference

Some years, on teams laden with experience, spring football is an accurate prologue to the coming season.


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Poor shooting dooms Eastern Washington’s men in season-ending loss at College Basketball Invitational

The Eastern Washington men’s basketball team’s season came to an end Tuesday night, and Eagles coach Shantay Legans could easily have focused on the number 20 after an 87-65 loss …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

Bogdan Bliznyuk leaves lasting legacy on, off court at Eastern Washington

Either way, Bogdan Bliznyuk is the surest thing in the Big Sky Conference, the basketball version of another lightly recruited Eagle by the name of Cooper Kupp.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:35 a.m.

Former Weber State star Damian Lillard follows Big Sky basketball, including Eastern Washington’s Bogdan Bliznyuk

Long before he hit the NBA, Damian Lillard was an inherent underdog. So it’s not surprising that the Trail Blazers’ All-Star point guard follows his alma mater, Weber State, with …