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TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013

Eastern playoff links

Talk about peaking at the right time: The unranked Jacksonville State Gamecocks have knocked off two straight ranked opponents in the FCS playoffs, and they'll try to do it again this week at Eastern Washington. Here's our first look at Jacksonville State, and here is…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 7, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

The over/under on today's Eastern Washington-South Dakota State playoff game: 11, and I didn't get that from the boys in Vegas. That comes from the guys at the National Weather Service. A high today of 11, with a wild-chill factor of minus-5. Here's my game…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

A special player? That would be Eastern Washington special teams standout Bo Schuetzle, an all-Big Sky selection and the subject of this feature story. We also had a live chat yesterday, and here's a partial transcript. ... A public service announcement: it's getting even colder,…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013


Eastern and Big Sy links

Friends, it's been two weeks since we had a chance to chat. so let's get together, say today at noon, right here at SportsLink. Until then, here's my weekly notebook, focusing on the FCS rushing leader, South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner. ... Want…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

It was a bit chilly Tuesday afternoon at Roos Field as Eastern Washington prepared for a second-round FCS playoff game against South Dakota State. (And by the way. it was 10 degrees colder back in Brookings, South Dakota, so the Jackrabbits will be used to…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

Adams finalist for Walter Payton Award

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, The Sports Network announced Tuesday. Adams, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois and running back Terrance West of Towson…

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Eastern and Big Sky links

The Jackrabbits are coming to Cheney. South Dakota State, which defeated Northern Arizona 26-7 last weekend, will face Eastern Washington on Saturday. Here's a first look at SDSU, along with a preview from Eastern and a look at the all-Missouri Valley Conference standouts from SDSU.…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013

Eastern's Baldwin is Big Sky coach of the year

The bar was already high, but Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin raised it further this season. After leading the Eagles to their first undisputed Big Sky Conference title in 16 years, Baldwin was named Wednesday as the conference Coach of the Year. After going…

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Eastern and Big Sky links

Already the undisputed Big Sky Conference football champions, Eastern Washington was the undisputed winner of the top individual awards handed out Tuesday. Here's our story, plus the official release from the conference and from Eastern, which in another release details the accomplishments of three-time all-Big…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2013

Eastern gets No. 3 seed in FCS playoffs

Eastern Washington was awarded a No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the NCAA announced Sunday morning. The Big Sky Conference champion Eagles (10-2 overall and 8-0 in the Big Sky Conference) will host either Northern Arizona or South…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

Thank goodness for second chances, such as the one Andru Pulu got with the Eastern Washington football team. Here's my feature on Andru, plus a partial transcript of yesterday's EWU live chat. (Check back for a full version.) The Eagles face Portland State on Saturday,…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

In order to run the table in the Big Sky Conference, Eastern has to slow down Portland State's prolific offense. Here's my Big Sky notebook, and a reminder to join our live chat today at noon. The Oregonian has a story from the Portland State…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

I spent a fine day yesterday in Cheney. Among other things, I wrote this practice report from football and covered the Eagles' basketball win over Walla Walla. The stakes are pretty high for the football game against Portland State; here is a preview from Eastern…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Yes, it's warm down here, and heartwarming for the native Californians on the Eastern football team. Hundreds of family and friends are coming from all directions for today's game against Cal Poly. Here's my preview of the game, focusing on…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

Eastern focused on Cal Poly's triple option

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Eastern Washington football team is living right. Already on a six-game win streak, the third-ranked Eagles left the snowflakes behind Friday afternoon and found temperatures in the low 60s for their walkthough on the grass at Alex G. Spanos…

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Eastern and Big Sky links

McKenzie Murphy and the Eastern Washington football team were reunited this week. Here's my story, along with a transcript of yesterday's live chat. I'll be flying with the team this morning to San Luis Obispo, Calif., and will file a game preview for tomorrow, which…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

Eastern Washington's offense and Cal Poly's defense - the top-rated units in the Big Sky Conference - will collide Saturday. Here is my preview story, along with links from Eastern and from Cal Poly. The Mustangs still have plenty to play for, according to this…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

Lost in Eastern's big win last week over Montana State was a dominant third quarter by the Eagle defense, which has been making that a habit lately. Here's my story from practice, plus links to the football site at Eastern and at Cal Poly, this…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 9, 2013

Eastern game day links

OK football fans, when was the last time this much was riding on a college game played in these parts? That's right, the stakes are pretty big for today's Eastern-Montana State matchup, which likely will be decided on the lines. Here's my game preview, along…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013


Eastern and Big Sky links

Who's the top quarterback in the Big Sky Conference. For years, it's been Denarius McGhee of Montana State, but there's a new kid in town. We can discuss that and more at noon today during our weekly live chat. ... The Bozeman Daily Chronicle takes…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

The biggest regular-season game in Eastern history? I think so, what with a sellout for third-ranked EWU and No. 4 Montana State this Saturday at Roos Field. Here is my report from Tuesday's practice, plus an all-you-want-to-know preview from Eastern and one from MSU. Meanwhile,…

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