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THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

EWU volleyball coach Benson takes leave of absence

After spending much of the spring battling throat cancer, Eastern Washington women's volleyball head coach Wade Benson will take an indefinite leave of absence beginning Friday, the school announced Thursday. Associate head coach Michael King will lead the program in Benson's absence. "Eastern Washington Volleyball…

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Eastern and Big Sky links

What a difference a year makes. In this case its the Eastern Washington linebacking corps, which looks to be one of the strongest units on the squad this year... I also spent some time with the Eagle basketball team on Wednesday, and here's an early,…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6, 2014

Eastern and Big Sky links

Here are a few links to start your morning. First, there's my story on an Eastern running back corps that could be one of the best ever. ... Sam Houston State already has a week of practice under its belt, while Western Montana has yet…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 2014

Eastern and Big Sky links

With the Eastern Washington football season barely two weeks away, it's time to start my (almost) daily EWU/opponents/Big Sky links column. Here goes: First off, here's my story from Monday's practice, focusing on the kickers, specifically the feel-good story of Roldan Alcobendas. I also have…

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THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014

EWU sets 2017 game at Texas Tech

In a repeat engagement of Beau Baldwin’s head coaching debut at Eastern Washington, the Eagles will play at Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2017, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. The game will come nine years after the Eagles lost to 49-24 in Lubbock, Texas, to…

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

EWU to extend Hayford's contract

Eastern Washington is in “agreement mode” on a new five-year contract for basketball coach Jim Hayford, athletic director Bill Chaves said Tuesday afternoon. “It’s not finalized, but it’s going through the process,” confirmed Chaves, who said that the deal is both a reward and a…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

EWU's Harvey named first-team all-Big Sky

Big Sky Conference scoring leader Tyler Harvey of Eastern Washington has been named a first-team all-star selection, the league announced Monday. Harvey, a sophomore from Torrance, Calif., led the league in scoring and free-throw shooting while finishing among the nation's top 3-point shooters. Harvey averaged…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014

'FCS Kickoff' will start in Cheney

In the earliest opening to the college football season in 11 years, Eastern Washington will host Sam Houston State on Aug. 23 in the "FCS Kickoff." The Eagles and Bearkats will kick off at 12:30 PDT at Roos Field, ESPN announced Thursday morning. "We saw…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 21, 2013

Eastern playoff links

The first thing I did this morning was look out the window - no snow on the South Hill since Friday evening. That's just one of many factors that could play into today's semifinal between Eastern Washington and Towson. The winner will play North Dakota…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 20, 2013

Eastern sports chat replay

Here is the full transcript of our live chat from Thursday. Spokesman-Review beat writer Jim Allen is answering questions: Jim: Let's talk Eastern sports! Ryan_31088: Ok, I'll ask the first question. What's the health situation for both teams? Jim: Hello, Ryan. Eastern is healthy, apart…

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Eastern and Big Sky links

Eastern Washington is running the ball with authority - and with the authority of head coach Beau Baldwin, whose tailback-by-committee approach is paying big dividends in the playoffs. The biggest beneficiary is tailback Quincy Forte, who appreciates what his teammates have done. More links after…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013


Eastern and Big Sky links

The honors keep rolling in for the Eagles, especially for freshman wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who was named a first-team All-American. Here's a video of Cooper Kupp, and we also have an overall story from The Sports Network ... Of course, Towson running back Terrance…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Kupp named first-team All-American

It’s been a freshman year to remember for Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Just two days after winning the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Kupp was named to The Sports Network All-America first team on Wednesday.

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Eastern and Big Sky links

I learned a lot about Vernon Adams and Cooper Kupp this week, mostly that they really mean it when they say that individual honors come after team. On Tuesday before practice, I spoke with Adams about his second-place finish in the Walter Payton Award balloting,…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

Another year, another big award for Eastern Washington football. On Monday night, wide receiver Cooper Kupp took center stage by winning the Jerry Rice Award for top FCS freshman, while quarterback Vernon Adams finished second in the Walter Payton Award balloting. A bigger prize would…

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MONDAY, DEC. 16, 2013

Kupp is FCS freshman of the year

Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp has won the Jerry Rice Award given to the top freshman in the Football Championshp Subdivision, The Sports Network announced this morning. The award will be presented later today at The Sports Network's FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 13, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

A big reason for Eastern Washington's football success is the offensive line, which includes senior guard Brandon Murphy. Here's our feature, and a transcript from yesterday's live chat. We also have a look at the Eastern men's basketball team going into Sunday's game against UC-Irvine.…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013


Eastern playoff links

The Jacksonville State football coaches are trying to prepare for Eastern Washington, but it's not easy, as our story shows ... We can talk about that and more in today's live chat, right here at noon. ... Eagle defensive coordinator John Graham is a finalist…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11, 2013


Eastern playoff links

Another team, another challenge. For No. 3 Eastern Washington, it comes this week in the form of Jacksonville State running back DaMarcus James and the Gamecocks' zone-read offense. Here's our story, along with previews from Eastern and from JSU, plus JSU stats. Here's a story…

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