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Menegas turns to writing

Former Lewiston and Post Falls football coach Nick Menegas is writing a weekly column - Coach’s Corner - for the Lewiston Tribune.

I’m going to post those columns from time to time. Click the tab below to read about one of his former players who is a standout lineman in the NFL.

Wounded Grizzlies next up for Eastern

Montana Week is officially on for Eastern Washington University, which will dedicate its new artificial red turf and officially change the name of its home football venue to Roos Field on Saturday, when the Grizzlies come to Cheney to open Big Sky Conference football play.

UM, which was ranked No. 1 among Football Championship Subdivision schools prior to suffering a 35-33 road loss to Cal Poly on Saturday, will probably come in a bit angry — seeing red, perhaps — which should make for another interesting renewal of  what has become the BSC’s most competitive rivalry.

I’ve included links to Big Sky-related items below, along with some additional thoughts and comments from Eastern’s 35-32 win over Central Washington at Qwest Field in Seattle last night.

Read on.


Eags hold off Central at Qwest Field

Eastern Washington’s Tyler Jolley batted down a fourth-down Central Washington pass with just a little under a minute left in the game to help preserve the Eagles’ 35-32 non-conference win at Qwest Field in Seattle.

Here is the link to are story.

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.

Big Sky adds two schools for football

The Big Sky Conference just announced that the University of California, Davis and Cal Poly have accepted invitations to joing the league as affiliate members in football.  I am trying to track down Eastern Washington University athletics director Bill Chaves and Eagles head football coach Beau Baldwin for comments.

Until then, you can see what the Big Sky office released about the league’s decision to expand right here.

Ferris pulls away from U-Hi

I can’t even big to tell you about the computer issues I had tonight. First, I went to our Spokane Valley office early to set up and discovered there was something wrong with our webserver.

That was the beginning of many more hurdles. So I had to speed back to our Coeur d’Alene office to write my game story from the Ferris-University game.

More hiccups and bugs in the computer system. So here’s a link to the story and blurbs from the other GSL openers. I better link now or the computer will crash.

Pictured above is Ferris wide receiver Riley Stockton, who caught two touchdown passes.

A look back at EWU’s loss

Like Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin explained, in this S-R story, following Thursdays 49-24 road loss to Nevada, the Eagles have some positives to build on despite the season-opening defeat.

One of the biggest was the play of junior running back Taiwan Jones, who gets a few props in this game story that ran in the Reno Gazette-Journal this morning. I’ve also included this link to the gamer that was posted on EWU’s website, and this link to Chris Murray’s assessment of Nevada’s performance on his Wolf Pack blog.

Some additional personal thoughts and a few more postgame comments from Baldwin appear below, so read on.  And leave any comments you might want to share on the game right here.


EWU, Nevada to kick it off in about eight hours

We’re in Reno and just a little over eight hours from the start of Eastern Washington’s 2010 football opener against the University of Nevada in 29,993-seat Mackay Stadium. 

According to an article that ran in this morning’s Reno Gazette-Journal, The Wolf Pack seems a bit more confident than they did heading into last year’s season opener, and for good reason. You can read more here, and for those who missed the game advance that ran in this morning S-R, I’ve included this link.

In addition, the Gazette-Journal had this video preview of the game on its website, along with this post of NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper’s opinion of Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick.lin

 I’ve also included this link to a feature story on Eagles running back Taiwan Jones that ran in the RGJ Wedesday morning.

Tha’ts it for now, but check back later — much later — this evening for a link to the EWU-Nevada game story that will run in Friday morning’s S-R.

Eags land safely in Reno

The charterer plane carrying Eastern Washington’s football team touched down in Reno late this morning after a smooth, uneventful flight from Spokane, and the team is scheduled to work out late afternoon in Mackay Stadium, where the Eagles will open their 2010 season with a 6:05 p.m. Thursday showdown against Nevada.

Those aboard the charter were amused when a flight attendent informed passengers that the name of the captain flying the plane was Joe Eagle.

An omen? We’ll see.

Here is my advance on the Thursday’s game.

Seattle, Tacoma football

Mason Kelley at the Seattle Times has posted several previews of Seattle-area football teams. Check it out here.

Doug Pacey is doing likewise in Tacoma at the Tacoma News Tribune. Check it out here.

Nevada QB could be handful for Eags

Eastern Washington’s defensive coordinator, John Graham, admitted recently that his team faces a difficult challenge in trying to deal with Nevada’s starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior.

Kaepernick is one of two 1,000-yard rushers returning for the Wolfpack this fall, and has somehow managed to fly under the national radar, despite his running ability and the fact that he also completed 58.9 percent of his passes (166-282) for 2,052 yards and 20 touchdowns as a freshman last fall.

I’ve included some of Graham’s comments on Kaepernick below, along with this link to an entertaining story on the adopted QB that ran recently in the New York Times.

2010 NFL schedule

This season’s NFL team-by-team, regular-season schedule appears in the Aug. 29 sports section. But you can get a copy of it here.

Eags hold first workout on red turf

Eastern Washington practiced on the new red artificial turn in soon-to-be-renamed Woodward Field on Friday, and The Spokesman-Review will run a story on the reactions of players and coaches — complete with photographs, the Eagles’ two-deep roster and the 2009 schedule — as the sports section’s centerpiece in Sunday morning’s editions.

Until then, you can read what EWU’s sports information department posted about the practice, here.


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.

Safety questions remain after Eags scrimmage

Eastern Washington staged its first scrimmage of fall camp Wednesday afternoon, and while both the offense and defense looked good at times there would seem to be reason for Eagles fans to be concerned about the situation at safety.

Click here for my story on the scrimmage and click here to access the post-scrimmage report posted by EWU’s sports information department.


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 to open fall camp this afternoon

I’ll be heading out to Cheney this afternoon to take in Eastern’s first practice of fall camp and will post a link to my pre-practice story as soon as possible.  In the meantime, you can check below for more on the Eagles and their upcoming football season..

Baldwin likes Eags’ early challenge

If you go by what Big Sky Conference coaches and media members think, Eastern Washington University is facing four of the league’s top five teams — the Eagles, themselves, being the fifth — in their first four conference games this fall.

Third-year head coach Beau Baldwin was asked about such a difficult schedule during Tuesday’s Big Sky coaches’ conference call. You can read his response here in my Big Sky Notebook.

In addition, I’ve included some links to other related stories, along with this one, which includes the audio from today’s conference call.

Read on.

List of EWU preseason awards keeps growing

With the start of fall practice less than a week away, Eastern Washington University’s football team continues to rake in individual preseason awards.  The Eagles, who have been picked to finish second to perennial national power Montana in the Big Sky Conference standings, just had two players — senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt and junior running back Taiwan Jones named FCS first-team preseason All-Americans by The Sporst Network, with junior defensive end Renard Williams landing a spot on the second team.

Links to that story and several others involving preseason predictions and honors have been provided below.




Tim Bush remembered

Here are some further reflections, via the Missoulian, on former University of Montana football player Tim Bush of Kellogg, who was killed in a mining accident. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Kellogg High School.

See you later

The Seahawks wrapped up their minicamp Wednesday. Here’s a so-long photo with center Chris Spencer and his 11-month-old son, Jaxon.

EWU kicks off Red Turf Project

Former Eastern Washignton University all-American offensive tackle Michael Roos and his wife, Katherine, were on had at Woodward Field on Saturday to take part in “turf-breaking” ceremonies for the school’s Red Turf Project.

The project is expected to be completed in time for the Eagles to debut their artificial red plahying surface on Sept. 18, when they host Big Sky rival Montana in what will then be named Roos Field.

Read the story here.

Mitchell gets nod as EWU’s No. 1 QB

Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin made it official on Thursday, by saying Bo Levi Mitchell will be the Eagles’ starting quarterback heading into fall camp.  You can read an unedited version of the story that will appear in Friday morning’s S-R below.

Red team pitches shutout in EWU’s annual Red-White Game

Eastern Washington University’s football team held its annual Red-White Game at Woodward Field on Saturday.

I’ve attached an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R below.

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.

Eags move Minnerly to safety

Eastern Washington’s football team will hold its second scrimmage of the spring at Woodward Field on Saturday at approximately 12:30 p.m.

And when the hitting starts, Coach Beau Baldwin’s crowded stable of quarterback candidates will be down to six, following Baldwin’s announcement on Friday that sophomore Jeff Minnerly, a former standout at Ferris, has been moved to the defensive side of the football to play safety.

You can read more details on the upcoming scrimmage and Minnerly’s position change here.

And be sure to check back here on Saturday afternoon for an early look at the scrimmage story that will run in Sunday’s S-R.


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.