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Eastern Washington staged its first full practice of fall camp Friday afternoon, running through a two-workout without pads. You can read the story about the practice session that ran in this morning’s S-R here.
And you can read on for additional information, including a suprise appearance by last year’s FCS Buck Buchanan Award winner Greg Peach.
Eastern Washington will open fall football practice this afternoon, and you can an early look at the unedited version of the pre-camp story that will appear in Friday’s S-R below.
The biggest news heading into the fall is the knee injury that will keep Brice Leahy, a projected returniing starter on the offensive line, out for the 2009 season.
Eastern Washington University will open its fall football camp on Friday in preparation for its Sept. 5 season and home opener against Western Oregon. You can get more detail here.
I will attend Friday afternoon’s first practice, which starts at 2:15 and post a story as soon as possible.
For more links to stories about the Eagles’ upcoming season read on, and those looking for a blast from Eastern’s pass might check out this story on former EWU defensive lineman Dario Romero that ran in Tuesday morning’s S-R.
Cougfan.com has announced that Ferris quarterback Connor Halliday has made a verbal commitment to Washington State. The story indicated that he had offers from Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and EWU and had attracted interest from Boise State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington and Oregon. Halliday was quoted as saying WSU is where he wanted to play.
On another topic, University activities coordinator Ken VanSickle’s dad, Bud, died last week at age 81. They had a gathering and celebration for him at U-Hi on Saturday.
Eastern Washington’s football team staged its annual Red-White Game at Woodward Field on Saturday. There were several outstanding individual performances, but all came against a defense that was woefully undermanned because of injuries.
But the Eastern story that got the biggest play in Sunday’s sports section was this one, which explores the costs EWU incurs in running a football program at the Division I level and poses the question whether it is financially feasible to do so in these difficult ecomonic times.
The S-R also ran this sidebar story on what changes have been made to Eastern’s compliance office after obvious oversights in that previously understaffed department led directly to the sanctions the NCAA slapped on the Eagles’ football program earlier this year.
Happy reading, and be sure to leave any opinions you might have on how valuable the football program at Eastern right here.
Taiwan Jones, a cornerback-turned-running back, staged a coming out part of sorts on Saturday during Eastern Washington University’s second spring football scrimmage.
And anyone who witnessed the scrimmage and wishes to weigh in on how Jones and EWU’s other young running backs are progressing can do so here, as well.
Eastern Washington University’s first spring football scrimmage was cut short Saturday afternoon because of a seriouis leg injured suffered by cornerback Will Edge.
It was hard to see what happened to Edge from the sidelines, but as soon as the pile cleared away, his teammates started frantically calling for trainers while Edge was lying face down on the field in obvious pain.
You can read an early unedited version of the story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R. I will update the post later this evening if I receive additional information on the severity of the injury.
Eastern Washington University opened spring football drills on Tuesday under sunny skies in Cheney. WIth their postseason fate still uncertain for next fall, the Eagles seem determined to not only improve on last year’s 6-5 record, but to prove to the NCAA they are worthy of posteason playoff berth whether they are eligible or not.
You can read an unedited version of the first-day-of-practice story that will appear in Wednesday morning’s S-R below. In addition, I’ve included this link to more information on EWU’s spring practices, and this link to the advance story that ran in the S-R on Sunday.
Eastern Washington University’s 2009 football schedule will include an Oct. 31 matchup against Big Sky Conference rival Portland State at Qwest Field in Seattle.
You can read more details here.
Is a late November road trip to watch a “home game” a good thing for Eagles fans?
The Spokane Shock opened training camp earlier this week in preparation for their upcoming arenafootball2 league season.
Coach Adam Shackleford has plenty of returning players on hand, mainly because of the Arena Football League’s decision to suspend play for the 2009 season. And he also claims to have the most talented group of rookies he has seen since first becoming involved in the af2.
Joe Wade, who served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Washington last fall, has taken a new job as running backs coach at Fresno State.
You can read an unedited version of the story — which also includes Coach Beau Baldwin’s comments about winter conditioning and a note on the start of spring practice — that will appear in Thursday morning’ s S-R below. And I’ve included this link to additional details on the Killin feed that annually marks the end of spring practice and the role Michael Roos is playing in this year’s event.
The first of the vacant GSL football coaching positions has been filled by a high profile name. Bill Diedrick, longtime college and professional assistant coach and coordinator is coming home to take the reins at University High.
Lewis and Clark’s job will be posted soon and activities coordinator Jeff Norton said it will be opened up outside, although he anticipates interest for the position within. Process is on-going at North Central.
There’s palpable excitement at U-Hi in the hiring of the Spokane native and Rogers high coach in the late 1970s. Diedrick is a storied name in town and it sounds like a lot of former Titans assistants - dating back to the Dave Holmes era - are excited enough to want to re-up.
“I’m excited,” said U-Hi activities coordinator Ken Van Sickle. “We had a great pool of candidates. Withhis experience and backround, it is great for our community to have someone like him take over our program.”
Diedrick, during his college career mentored 12 quarterbacks who played in the NFL, helped coach a Grey Cup champion in the Canadian Football League, was part of a national champion Montana State team and worked for coaches like Tyrone Willingham, Dennis Erickson and Jim Lambright.
Usually when I’m on vacation — which was the case once again last week when all hell broke loose at Eastern while I was busy carving out an 85-86 golf win over one of my closest friends on his home course in Fort Worth, Texas. I even used his clubs.
But now I’m back, trying to catch up on the NCAA sanctions that soiled EWU’s football program while I was away.
Today is the day that either the Arizona Cardinals or the Pittsburgh Steelers will walk off the football field in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, with pride in their hearts and victory wrapped around their fingers as Super Bowl rings.
The Steelers have a legacy already established, but that won’t stop them from achieving even more. If the team gains a victory today, this will be their record sixth Super Bowl title. Coming into this monumental game, the Steelers are favored to win based on their season so far.
On the flip side, the Arizona Cardinals have emerged from the shadows of past team performances to be here today. “Dynasty vs. Doormat,” an article in today’s Spokesman-Review by Barry Wilner, labels the Cardinals “a franchise that has defined dysfunction since the 1950s.”
I just gotta ask. Who are YOU rooting for? Will you cheer on the favorable Steelers, or will you root for the Cardinal underdogs?
Only one team will steal the win to become numero uno 2009.
According to his father, George, Hessler will make his official recruiting visit to EWU this weekend, but he decided to become an Eagle some time back – mainly because of the family’s relationship with Eastern’s head coach Beau Baldwin, who recruited Spencer’s older brother, Chase, to
The younger Hessler was named a first-team all-CBBN running back after rushing for 1,256 yards and 19 touchdowns on 189 carries last fall. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry and also caught a touchdown pass and scored on four point-after-touchdown conversion to finish the year with 124 points, which was 40 more than the next-highest total of 84, which was shared by three other players.
Hessler also led the CBBN with 1,465 all-purpose yards, but will play linebacker at Eastern, according to his father.
So what’s on the agenda for this morning? If it’s reading a lot of stories about WSU in particular and the Pac-10 in general, you might as well put together a list of alternatives. There isn’t all that much out there. But read on for what we found.
In the clear, somewhat sunny light of day, some thoughts about Washington State’s victory last night over Stanford. And some links. Read on.
Before the Cal game Thursday night, Taylor Rochestie and Caleb Forrest – later joined by Aron Baynes – took the court a couple hours before game time, shot a while and then played a game of horse. The seniors were loose and ready, enjoying one of the last few home games of their college career. But when it came time, they turned serious and prepared to face one of the Pac-10’s hotter teams. Tonight, another one of those teams comes to Beasley, the Stanford Cardinal. And, as Rochestie said this week, it’s time for the Cougars “to start protecting our home court.” Read on.
It was, seemingly, a huge day yesterday for Husky fans. The hiring of former Idaho head coach Nick Holt as defensive coordinator was such a big deal that Fox Sports Northwest televised the press conference – twice. Read on for more on that and some basketball notes.
Not a lot in the way of links this morning. Now rain, that we’ve got a lot of. Piles of snow one morning, ice all afternoon and rain the next day. How fun. Anyhow, read on for the few links we do have and a couple of thoughts.
COUGARS • UPDATED: 1:10 P.M.
What an interesting weekend in Pac-10 basketball (and you guys had a lively conversation about it, that’s for sure). UCLA and Cal (yes, Cal) emerged from the first week atop the conference standings. Oregon State earned its first Pac-10 win in more than a year – 21 games in fact – by stunning USC in overtime. Arizona, filled with talent but obviously lacking leadership, settled into the cellar after a lost weekend in the Bay Area. And of most interest to you folks, WSU started 0-1.
Let’s take a spin around the conference and see what’s being said, then we’ll wrap up with a football note. Read on.
There’s about the last of the football news. And there’s basketball news. All can be found on the link. Read on.
So it’s New Year’s Day, 2009. How many of you out there wondered if you would ever see this day? No, I don’t mean at 11:23 last night when you couldn’t remember if the person you were talking with through a self-induced haze was your cousin or the receptionist. No, I mean when you were young. For a certain age, 2009 seemed like science fiction, sort of like Armageddon, something that was possible but you were sure would never come.
But it’s here, 2009 I mean, not Armageddon. And it’s filled with WSU news. OK, not filled per se, but there is more than you might expect. So read on.
Let’s see. It’s only a couple days before the Pac-10 basketball season starts. We’ve got that covered on the link. Oregon State put up an offensive show en route to defeating Pitt. That’s covered too. Anything else? Yes, there is. Read on.
A quick post this morning, with a potpourri of links, including to UW’s win last night through Oregon’s football win and on to a new job for a former Cougar, though not in that order. Read on.
A couple notes from Tony Bennett’s teleconference this morning, along with notes about a former Cougar football assistant and football recruiting. Read on.
I know it’s December so this shouldn’t surprise me, but darn if it isn’t snowing again. It’s stretches like these that make me wish I was covering Arizona State or UCLA or even Cal Poly. Read on for the one WSU-related link I found this morning.
COUGARS • UPDATED: 3 P.M.
Pac-10 play starts in less than a week. WSU will enter conference 8-4, which is exactly what we thought as we doped out the schedule before the season started. Read on for more thoughts and links.
COUGARS • UPDATED: 3:45 P.M.; 2:30 P.M. DEC. 25
Wandering around the Internet last night, I saw a football beat writer who offered his thoughts about starters next year for the school he covers. It seemed like a good idea, so I decided to try my hand at the same thing. What follows is a list of frontrunners for starting spots based on information gathered since the end of last season. In some cases I listed players at new positions, much of which is based on conversations with coaches from throughout the year. At other spots I made some leaps based on the same type of information. Only a couple of recruits are mentioned, because no one is signed yet. A lot can happen between now and next August, so take these thoughts for what they are, my best guess on the day before Christmas.
We’re still searching for the best way to present our posts on this new SportsLink site, so we’re back to leading off with the Cougar label. Hope that helps you find each individual WSU post. We have a few story links for you on this Sunday morning. One little note: Tonight’s game at UI will be the first time this season the Cougars wear their red road uniforms. Their 7-3 record has been built at home or on neutral sites where their wore their whites. This is the most games in the program’s history before the school played a true road game.