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Eagles fly south for opener at Oregon

The operative word today is "flying," which is a lot better than the 8-hour bus ride the Eagles took to Corvallis back in 2013. Eastern got the win, all right, but lost several players - and almost the game - to dehydration. This year, they found a few extra dollars to charter a direct flight to Eugene. ... For one Eastern player, center T.J. Boatright, it's a once-in-a-lifetime homecoming, and I tell his story right here. ... As for me, I'm driving; I should be in Eugene to cover the Eagles' Friday afternoon walkthrough at Autzen Stadium. Meanwhile, we had a lively Live Chat today on EWU football, and here's the transcript. ...The Oregonian has plenty on the subject as well, including five things to watch, some advice for Vernon Adams Jr. from a former Oregon quarterback, and news on yet another high-end athletic facility at Oregon. ... From the Eugene Register-Guard, there's a column on the post-Marcus Mariota era about to dawn at Oregon, and a question-and-answer session with Oregon receiver Byron Marshall.... From the Waterloo (Iowa) Courier, here's a preview of Northern Iowa's season opener at Iowa State.

Jim Allen
Jim Allen joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently covers K-12 education and women's basketball.

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