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Big Sky notes: Montana reshaped season after loss to EWU

Losing is no fun, but Montana’s loss to Eastern Washington four weeks ago came with a bonus. “It’s brought us closer together,” All-American defensive end Zack Wagenmann said of a 36-26 defeat in Cheney on Nov. 8 that left the Grizzlies in must-win mode since.

Beau Baldwin pleased with job at EWU

As the rumors swirled Tuesday afternoon, Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin did his best to quash them. “There’s no other FCS program I’m going to coach at,” Baldwin said as his Eagles prepared for Saturday’s second-round playoff game against Montana – the very program that may be trying to woo him.

Vernon Adams finalist for Walter Payton Award

For the second straight year, Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. And just as he did last year, Adams considers it a compliment to the entire Eastern offense.

Eagles record milestones in win over Eastern Oregon

The Eastern Washington basketball team reached a few milestones Sunday afternoon – the perfect moment to pause and enjoy the moment. After playing seven games in 17 days, a five-day break is made to order, Eagles coach Jim Hayford said after a 104-87 win at Reese Court over scrappy Eastern Oregon.

Winner up North

Once again, Bo Levi Mitchell is rising to the occasion. Four years after leading Eastern Washington to a national title, Mitchell is poised to grab another brass ring, this time in the Canadian Football League.

Big Sky notes: Eagles fine-tune while awaiting next foe

Even after winning their third straight Big Sky football title, the Eastern Washington players and coaches spent the week fine-tuning the little things. For coach Beau Baldwin, that means tackling on defense, kickoff coverage and pad level on both sides of the ball as the Eagles enjoy a bye week while awaiting the winner of Saturday’s Montana-San Diego game to see whom they’ll host in a second-round FCS playoff game on Dec. 6.

Portland State dismisses football coach Nigel Burton

Portland State has fired coach Nigel Burton after a 3-9 record this season. The school announced the decision Wednesday. The Big Sky Conference’s Vikings are 21-36 in five years with Burton at the helm. Interim athletic director Valerie Cleary thanked Burton but said it was time for a “fresh start.” Burton was defensive coordinator at Nevada when he was hired by Portland State to replace coach Jerry Glanville in 2009. Portland State will pay Burton for the final year left on his contract. Bruce Barnum, Portland State’s offensive coordinator the past five seasons, will serve as interim coach. “We have great student-athletes and staff,” Cleary said.  They deserve the chance to be successful.” Associated Press

Eastern basketball team stays grounded after big win over Indiana

Even while they were still in the air Tuesday afternoon, the Eastern Washington basketball players had come back to earth. The day after one of the biggest wins in school history – a nationally-televised, 88-86 win at five-time NCAA champion Indiana – the Eagles were eager to get on with the rest of the season.

Eastern quarterback Vernon Adams Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year

In the end, Vernon Adams’ football season was judged by his body of work, not by the health of his body. Despite missing four games to injury, the Eastern Washington quarterback still threw for 2,876 yards and 30 touchdowns – and earned the healthy respect of coaches around the Big Sky Conference.

Eastern basketball team stays grounded

The day after one of the biggest wins in school history – a nationally-televised, 88-86 win at five-time NCAA champion Indiana – the Eastern Eagles were eager to get on with the rest of the season.