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Injuries and insults


Tuesday is WAC notebook day at The S-R, and Jim Meehan leads with Luke Smith-Anderson's injury. There is also more on Meehan's Vandal blog.

After the loss to Central Washington, EWU coach Paul Wulff waited a day then unloaded publicly on his team.

The criticism was calculated. It wasn't personal but it was scathing. Was it the right thing to do?

Most people will hedge their bets. They'll say yes, if the Eagles turn around and kick Montana State's rear end this weekend. But if EWU is on the wrong end of a kicking on Saturday? Then it was a mistake. That's the bottom line. If it works, Wulff is a genius, a motivator who knew just the right buttons to push. If it fails, then Wulff went over the line, he should have kept the criticism in-house.

Personally, I'm going to say, no matter what happens Saturday, Wulff did the right thing. Why? Because he thought it was the right thing to do, and it is his team. It's his decision, and he is going to do whatever he can to help his team win.

There's more on the Eags on Dave Trimmer's blog. By the way, the Eagles haven't done too well in front of big crowds at home.

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