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Lights, Camera, Action

Lights, Camera, Action

By Logan Stanley, Copy Editor
April 20, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

With the 2017 NFL Draft set to happen next week, teams are visiting with prospects everyday as they prepare for the seven-round, three-day affair. This year’s draft just may see history be made for the EWU football program, as two former Eagles are both projected to be drafted. In the history of t...

Sblendorio Ready to Step Into New Role as Dean of Wide Recievers

Sblendorio Ready to Step Into New Role as Dean of Wide Recievers

By Chris Valdez, For The Easterner
April 20, 2017
Filed under Football, Sports

Nic Sblendorio, a name not many EWU football fans may know. Nonetheless, he’s out to prove he has what it takes to lead the Eagles offense and the EWU program to a place they haven’t been since 2010 — the FCS national title game. “We gotta get a national title,” said Sblendorio. “We’re...

EWU Football Springs Into Action as Practices for 2017 Season Begin

EWU Football Springs Into Action as Practices for 2017 Season Begin

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
April 13, 2017
Filed under Football, Sports

Spring is in the air, and now, so are footballs as they fly across The Inferno at Roos Field. EWU spring football practices began on April 4, and there is a lot of excitement surrounding the team. Much has changed from a year ago. There are new coaches on the staff, most notably new head coach Aaron...

For EWU Football, the Best Choice has Always Been In-House

For EWU Football, the Best Choice has Always Been In-House

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
February 16, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

On Feb. 13, EWU’s new head football coach, Aaron Best, officially signed his new contract, which pays a base salary of $180,000 in 2017 and increases by $5,000 each year through 2021. Before the contract was signed, a hiring process had to first take place. On Jan. 14, EWU Athletic Director ...

Cooper Kupp Razzles and Dazzles at Senior Bowl

Cooper Kupp Razzles and Dazzles at Senior Bowl

By Logan Stanley, Staff Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

Cooper Kupp. For residents of Eastern Washington and fans of EWU football, the name carries a legendary significance -- 73 TDs (NCAA FCS record); 6,464 yards (NCAA record); 428 receptions (NCAA FCS record). Soon, millions of households across America could become well accustomed to his name. Over...

FCS Playoffs a ‘Break Even’ Proposition for EWU

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
January 26, 2017
Filed under Football, Sports

EWU football finished with an overall record of 12-2 on the year they advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs and had two finalists for the Walter Payton award, along with six All-Americans. With the accolades and three extra home games in the playoffs, one would think that the athletic de...

Eagles of a Feather Stick Together

Eagles of a Feather Stick Together

By John Corley, Contributing Writer
January 26, 2017
Filed under Features, Football, Sports

EWU football ended last season in the playoffs with a heartbreaking, last-second loss. Yet, with a new coach and returning starters, the mood surrounding the Eagles is optimistic that they can contend for a national championship in 2017. With just a few seconds left in the playoff semifinals, the Eagle...

EWU Offensive Coordinator Accepts Job at Utah

EWU Offensive Coordinator Accepts Job at Utah

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
January 12, 2017
Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

After spending his first year in a collegiate coaching position as EWU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Troy Taylor is headed to the Pac-12. One year removed from being a head coach at the high school level for Folsom High School in Sacramento, California, Taylor has accepted the ...

Agony at the Inferno: Eagles lose semifinal game in final second to Youngstown State

Agony at the Inferno: Eagles lose semifinal game in final second to Youngstown State

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor
December 17, 2016
Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

The EWU football team saw its season come to an end on a freezing December night in Cheney, falling to the Youngstown State Penguins 40-38 in the FCS semifinals. The Eagles led for much of the game, but the Penguins broke the Eagles heart with one second left in the game as wide receiver Kevin Rader caught and pinne...

EWU defeats Spiders to advance to FCS semifinals

EWU defeats Spiders to advance to FCS semifinals

By Brandon Cline, Sports Edtor
December 10, 2016
Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

EWU football booked its ticket to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2013, squashing the Richmond Spiders 38-0 at Roos Field to improve to 12-1 on the season. The temperature was a chilling 19 degrees at game time, but neither the weather nor the Spiders could slow down a ...

EWU head football coach Beau Baldwin negotiates new five-year contract

EWU head football coach Beau Baldwin negotiates new five-year contract

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

Eastern Washington University announced on Dec. 9 that the school and head football coach Beau Baldwin were in the process of finalizing a new five-year contract that will keep the offensive guru in Cheney through the 2021 season. Baldwin’s current contract was originally set to expire at the end of the 2019 s...

EWU scores 31 unanswered points, advance to quarterfinals of FCS playoffs

EWU scores 31 unanswered points, advance to quarterfinals of FCS playoffs

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor
December 3, 2016
Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

A slow start to the game momentarily threatened EWU’s national championship hopes, but the Eagles took control and reeled off 31 unanswered points to easily dispatch the Central Arkansas Bears 31-14 in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Trailing 14-0 after the Bears scored on back-to-back...

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