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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best agrees to two-year extension

Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best has agreed to a two-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday, keeping him in Cheney through 2024.


Eastern Washington offensive coordinator Bodie Reeder denies report he was offered position at Oklahoma State

FootballScoop.com – a major source for football coaching news – reported Wednesday that Reeder was expected to join Mike Gundy’s staff at OSU, according to a source.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Analysis: North Dakota State controls clock, holds off every Eastern Washington challenge in FCS title game

With every yard-churning, clock-eating drive Saturday in Frisco, Texas, the Bison took away opportunities – and ultimately hope – from an erratic Eastern Washington offense working for a lead that …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 11:29 a.m.

Similarities between the 2010 and 2018 Frisco-bound Eastern Washington teams

When Eastern Washington clipped Delaware 20-19 in the 2010 FCS national title game, it prevailed without one of the most electric players in the country.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Aaron Best is best: Eastern Washington football coach named Hero Sports FCS Coach of the Year

Best earned 2,078 fan votes, nearly 40 percent of the total. North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman finished second with 1,127 votes.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Eastern Washington keeps its faith in injured recruits, signs nine on national letter of intent day

Pittsburg (California) High quarterback Trey Turner’s recruiting took a hit when the talented dual-threat suffered a season-ending knee injury as a junior.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Seeking ‘Red’emption: Eastern Washington focused on snapping home losing streak in FCS semifinals

Since the installation of “The Inferno,” as the red turf at Roos Field in Cheney is called, Eastern Washington has been one of the best FCS teams in the country.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Maine reminds Eagles of Big Sky Conference rival Weber State

The third-seeded Eagles, playing in their fifth FCS semifinal since 2010, have to get past a staunch Maine defensive unit that upset second-seeded Weber State 23-18 on the road last …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Five reasons Eastern Washington is built for the long haul heading into FCS playoff opener against Nicholls State

Considering the damage the fourth-ranked Eagles (9-2) inflicted in their last four games, handling their opponents by an average score of 54-17, now seems a good time to bet on …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

Eastern Washington’s Aaron Best named Co-Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year

The second-year head man helped the fourth-ranked Eagles (9-2) earn a share of the Big Sky title and a No. 3 seed and first-round bye in the FCS playoffs.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eric Barriere taking charge of Eagles’ powerful offense

EWU head coach Aaron Best said he’ll know more about Gubrud’s injury this week and if he’ll be ready to go Saturday.


Eastern Washington looks to contain resurgent, run-heavy Montana State in Bozeman

When EWU locks up with the third-year head coach Jeff Choate’s ascending program at Bobcats Stadium – MSU went 4-7 in 2016, 5-6 last season and is now off to …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

Eastern Washington football notebook: Running game still effective without standout Antoine Custer

The balanced Eagles (2-1), who rank third in the FCS in total yards, have 110 carries to 94 pass attempts, totaling an impressive 723 yards on the ground and 910 …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 7:20 a.m.

Eastern Washington strikes early, holds off Northern Arizona rally in 31-26 victory

When Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus was forced to kick the game’s opening snap out of bounds near his own end zone Saturday, the No. 18 Lumberjacks’ chalked it up …


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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Eastern Washington ready for Central Washington’s strong running game

There’s a glaring disparity in scholarships, depth, resources and, at many positions, talent between the Eastern Washington and Central Washington football programs.


Action flick: High-powered Eastern Washington has eyes set on a January trip north of Dallas for FCS title game

With one of its most experienced and talent-stocked rosters in recent history, Eastern Washington has no intention of letting the FCS Playoff Committee dictate its postseason fate.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

With starters mostly out, Eastern Washington’s defense shines in second scrimmage

In the Eagles’ second and final scrimmage Saturday, the defense tallied three interceptions, yielded two scoring drives and surrendered just 269 yards.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Mitch Fettig leads backside of Eastern Washington’s secondary

For the last three years, Mitch Fettig, a 6-foot, 175-pound senior, has been a key cog in the Eagles’ 4-2-5 defense, leading the team in tackles last season (92) and …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Eastern Washington’s first scrimmage displays ‘good, bad and ugly’

Of Eastern Washington’s 16 scripted and situational drives Saturday at Roos Field, just two resulted in the offense – first-, second- and third-team units – reaching the end zone.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 9:04 p.m.

Antoine Custer and Sam McPherson lead ‘scary’ group of Eastern Washington running backs

Increased carries coupled with the return of proven ballcarriers Antoine Custer and Sam McPherson could end the 1,000-yard-back drought this fall.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Several of Eastern Washington’s top players are back stronger after injury-plagued 2017

“Injuries are part of the game. You can’t control them. You can try to minimize them with a lot of different variables, but you can’t avoid them,” Best said. “There …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Second year could be big for Eastern Washington offensive coordinator Bodie Reeder

Bodie Reeder, an offensive coordinator who was given the keys to Eastern Washington’s offense after head coach Beau Baldwin took the OC job at California, called the shots for a …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 2:54 a.m.

Eastern Washington offense shines in first full-team practice

As high-powered as Eastern Washington’s offense has been, its defense is often ahead of the curve in early August.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Five questions heading into camp: Eastern Washington Eagles

Big Sky Conference preseason favorite Eastern Washington opens camp Sunday with 17 returning starters – nine on offense, eight on defense – including one of the top quarterbacks in the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Eastern Washington picked first in Big Sky media and coaches polls

The Eagles were picked first in the both the preseason Big Sky Conference coaches and media polls released Monday. It’s the first time the program was first in both polls …


Big Sky football coaches, players come to Spokane for season kickoff event

On Monday at the DoubleTree Spokane, the Big Sky Conference’s 13 head football coaches along with 26 players will begin answering the media’s questions at 9 a.m. The interviews will …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Jim Allen: Covering Eastern Washington athletics offered plenty of memorable career moments

Perhaps it was the proverbial seven-year itch to do something different, or a chance to spend more weekends with my wife. Either way, I’m now the K-12 education reporter for …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

Eastern Washington ranked high in three preseason FCS football polls

HERO Sports, Athlon Sports and Street and Smith’s magazine have the Eagles ranked No. 4, No. 6 and No. 14, respectively, in their recent preseason Top 25 polls.


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 11:42 p.m.

Eastern Washington football picks up steam well before season starts

Football season is three months away, but Eastern Washington already is on a winning streak.