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UPDATED: Wed., July 1, 2020

Big Sky Conference filled with FBS transfer quarterbacks looking to earn starting jobs

The NCAA transfer portal has been a boon for Big Sky Conference programs in the market for a quarterback.

UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2020

Eastern Washington University teams, coaches and administrators face big budget cuts

As Eastern Washington faces major campuswide budget cuts due to a confluence of the coronavirus and declining enrollment that began years before the pandemic, its athletic department has been faced …

UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

A rising trend in Big Sky, FCS football stars transferring to the FBS

Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu bet on himself when he left the University of Maine for USC.

UPDATED: Thu., June 18, 2020

Ex-Eastern Washington football stars likely to appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

Cooper Kupp is usually down the road from Hollywood, but the low-key Los Angeles Rams receiver is anything but Tinseltown.

UPDATED: Wed., June 17, 2020

Big Sky Conference gives athletes day off on election day

FARMINGTON, Utah — The Big Sky Conference said Wednesday that it will give its schools a day off from required athletic activities on election day in November.

UPDATED: Tue., June 9, 2020

What Eastern Washington football missed after not getting spring practice

Eastern Washington’s annual Red and White game would have been six weeks ago, but the coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench into the Eagles’ spring tuneup.

UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best keeping staff, players ready amid pandemic

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 …

UPDATED: Mon., May 25, 2020

Looking back: Raul Vijil helped spark Eastern Washington and Spokane Shock success

Quicker than Raul Vijil’s feet was the way he learned. Before the former Eastern Washington and Spokane Shock receiver was catching passes in tight windows and shifting past defenders, he …

UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

Eastern Washington athletics faces budget cuts of “20-30 percent” due to loss of $2.1 million in revenue

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 …

UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Former Eastern Washington quarterback, CFL veteran Matt Nichols has made Cheney his family’s permanent home

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.

UPDATED: Tue., May 12, 2020

Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp switches jersey number to 10

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

Big Sky strikeout: Lean year for conference, FCS in last week’s NFL Draft

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.

UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2020

Gonzaga Prep grad, California standout linebacker Evan Weaver drafted by Arizona in sixth round of NFL draft

Weaver was selected in the sixth round of Saturday’s NFL fraft with the 202 overall pick.

UPDATED: Fri., April 24, 2020

Big Sky Conference products hope to get NFL call

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 …

UPDATED: Sat., April 18, 2020

Eagle Family: Zach Bruce returns to EWU to coach safeties after following wife Delaney’s European basketball career

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 …

Eastern Washington seniors Calin Criner, Jack Sendelbach stay ready amid quarantine, uncertainty

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.

UPDATED: Tue., April 14, 2020

Beau Baldwin, assistant coaches bring Eastern Washington flavor to Big Sky foe Cal Poly

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.

UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

Eastern Washington football coach Aaron Best volunteers to take 10% pay cut to help athletic department

Eastern Washington hasn’t requested a departmentwide pay cut from its coaches, but head football coach Aaron Best appears to have volunteered anyway.

UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Eastern Washington football coach Aaron Best adjusts to new normalcy in college sports

Roos Field’s red turf sits vacant amid the ghost town that is Cheney.

UPDATED: Sat., March 28, 2020

Cancellation of pro day shifts course for Eastern Washington products aiming for NFL

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Ex-Eastern Washington standouts in Canadian Football League face uncertainty about upcoming season

Vernon Adams Jr. is making the most of his days in self-quarantine.

UPDATED: Mon., March 23, 2020

Spring football practice canceled for Eastern Washington, Idaho after Big Sky decision

Eastern Washington and Idaho will no longer get the benefit of spring football after the Presidents’ Council of the Big Sky Conference voted Monday to cancel all spring workouts and …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Eastern Washington football signs Mead standout Ben Voigtlaender, who will first pursue a two-year LDS church mission

Some recruiters were willing to wait for the services of standout Mead defensive end Ben Voigtlaender. Others weren’t.

Sky’s the limit: Former EWU receiver Kendrick Bourne could be the first Big Sky Conference player to score a TD in the Super Bowl

A dancing Kendrick Bourne made his way down the steps of the San Francisco 49ers’ team plane after landing in Miami earlier this week, the sort of Super Bowl entrance …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Eastern Washington freshman offensive lineman George Becker dies

Becker’s high school football team – Gridley High School in northern California – and family members confirmed on social media the 18-year-old freshman’s death.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Former Eastern Washington standout running back Taiwan Jones embraces special teams role with Houston Texans

The former Eastern Washington running back was fast, slippery and a big reason the Eagles turned the corner in 2010 when they won their first national title.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Q&A: Former Eastern Washington and Cougars quarterback Gage Gubrud opens up about his Washington State experience

Before Gage Gubrud pursued a graduate transfer, he was considered one of the finest quarterbacks in the Football Championship Subdivision and likely headed for a professional career north of the …

Decade in review: Eastern Washington athletics turned a corner in the 2010s

The 2010s saw Eastern Washington’s football program thrust itself into the Football Championship Subdivision’s elite. Six playoff berths. Five semifinal appearances. Two national title games. Several future NFL and Canadian …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Former Eastern Washington standout, 49ers receiver Kendrick Bourne excited for ‘home game’ against Seahawks

There was a time when San Francisco 49ers receiver Kendrick Bourne’s hair color matched the blazing red turf of Roos Field.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Eastern Washington’s 15 signees include talented Idaho prep quarterback

Fifteen players signed letters of intent with the Eastern Washington football program Tuesday, many who generated ample interest from bigger, Football Bowl Subdivision programs.