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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Eastern Washington football finished strongly in 2019 but fell below expectations

The Eagles, who finished 7-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play, missed the playoffs for the second time in head coach Aaron Best’s three seasons.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Likely out of the playoff picture, Eastern Washington plays for 13th straight winning season

Postseason absences are about as rare for Eastern Washington as its red field is for opponents.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

Disappointing first half of season has EWU Eagles hoping to win out

More than five minutes had burned off the halftime clock Saturday at Hornet Stadium, and a group of EWU coordinators and assistants were still half-circled around head coach Aaron Best …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Eastern Washington notebook: Defense, offensive line bounce back with strong showing against North Dakota

The 76-mile return bus ride from Moscow to Cheney following Idaho’s recent 35-27 upset of Eastern Washington was as quiet and dejecting.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

EWU proposes major football stadium renovations, aims to raise $25 million

The Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a proposal by the school’s athletic department on Friday for renovations to its football stadium, Roos Field, a privately funded project …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Eastern Washington notebook: Defensive back Joe Lang the latest small-town walk-on to start for the Eagles

The previous time Joe Lang saw his name in the starting lineup, he was helping Washington small-school power Royal cruise to a 1A state title at the Tacoma Dome.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Anfernee Gurley happy to be back in the fold for Eastern Washington’s football team

One of the Big Sky Conference’s top true freshmen in 2017, Anfernee Gurley looked on in frustration as his Eastern Washington cohorts advanced to the 2018 FCS national championship without …


In the long run, Eastern Washington benefited from 2018 injuries

If Eastern Washington had stayed relatively healthy during its 2018 run to the Football Championship Subdivision national title game, there would be more questions this month than answers.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019

Five questions to answer as fall camp gets underway at Eastern Washington

Defending Big Sky Conference champion and FCS national runner-up Eastern Washington has its first official practice Sunday.


Eastern Washington Eagles have some fun at Big Sky Kickoff

With a free-flowing mullet matching his father’s college hairdo, Eastern Washington defensive lineman Dylan Ledbetter was the life of the Big Sky Kickoff party.


UPDATED: Sat., April 27, 2019

Gunner Talkington, Jayson Williams shine in Eastern Washington’s Red-White Game

Gunner Talkington completed 10 of 17 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown to help the Red team edge the White team 20-14 at windy Roos Field.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Five things to watch at Eastern Washington’s Red-White Game

Eastern Washington’s annual Red-White spring game will be a platform for the unproven. Young cornerbacks and kickers top that list.


UPDATED: Sat., April 13, 2019

Eastern Washington defense shines in rain-soaked spring scrimmage

Andy Katzenberger, a senior linebacker, sniffed out a short pass from quarterback Eric Barriere in the red zone, the first of four turnovers by the first- and second-team offenses in …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Bryan Mills promoted to Eastern Washington safeties coach

The Eagles recently promoted Bryan Mills, who was on EWU’s staff the last two seasons as a defensive analyst.


EWU hires Ian Shoemaker as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach

On Monday, Central Washington head football coach Ian Shoemaker accepted the job as OC and quarterbacks coach for the Eagles, according to EWU coach Aaron Best.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Eastern Washington focused on cornerbacks in 2019 recruiting class

Aaron Best and his coaching staff - through a series of high school highlight videos - displayed their 2019 recruiting class to a room full of red-clad fans at Northern …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019

Eagles have landed: Eastern Washington players in Super Bowl is nothing new

In his early days as an NFL player in Buffalo, Kurt Schulz got many puzzled looks when he talked about his college alma mater.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Eastern Washington promotes Eti Ena to defensive coordinator

Eti Ena was named Eastern Washington’s defensive coordinator on Wednesday, replacing Jeff Schmedding, who recently joined Boise State’s coaching staff as a co-special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …