EWU, a Football Championship Subdivision power that’s 26-12 in Best’s three seasons, returns a wealth of talent on both sides of the ball this fall, including the skill positions and linebacker groups, led by All-Big Sky quarterback Eric Barriere and linebacker Chris Ojoh.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has brought college athletics to a halt since early March, will result in ensuing athletic department cuts due to a $2.1 million loss in revenue, according to athletic director Lynn Hickey.
Facing cameras, microphones and a throng of reporters in Canada’s most populous city, quarterback Matt Nichols fielded questions in February after signing a three-year deal with the Toronto Argonauts.
Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp announced on Twitter that he will switch his jersey number to 10, the number he wore in college while setting nearly every Football Championship Subdivision receiving record.
It’s been a week since the conclusion of the NFL draft, and nary a Eastern Washington product was selected or offered a rookie free-agent contract.
The coronavirus pandemic derailed the draft process for many Big Sky standouts hoping to get picked up in the late rounds of this weekend’s NFL Draft or as a free agent, as a lack of face-to-face evaluation by scouts due to cancellation of pro days has led to more small-school product uncertainty than usual.
Before the University High graduate exhausted his college eligibility in 2016, Bruce had already yielded his future plans to the professional basketball aspirations of then-girlfriend Delaney Hodgins, EWU’s all-time leading scorer. Now she’s following his coaching career.
Compounding the cancellation of spring football for Criner and Sendelbach was the shutdown of their gyms, both at college and at home, throwing a wrench into their high-level routines.
Baldwin has hired reinforcements with deep EWU ties to help get make Cal Poly a Big Sky contender, including former EWU and Washington State head coach Paul Wulff.
Eastern Washington hasn’t requested a departmentwide pay cut from its coaches, but head football coach Aaron Best appears to have volunteered anyway.
Roos Field’s red turf sits vacant amid the ghost town that is Cheney.
Eastern Washington football players who’ve been training vigorously since the end of last fall to impress scouts – many who’ve hired agents and personal trainers to help heighten their chances – are now faced with uncertainty and fear they won’t get an adequate evaluation.