October 27, 2009

I'm holding a post-season eligible party

This is AWESOME news. How bout them Eags!

The NCAA has overturned its original decision to ban Eastern Washington University’s football team from postseason play, making the Eagles eligible for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, should they qualify.

EWU athletic director Bill Chaves confirmed the NCAA’s decision early Tuesday morning, adding that the year-long probation and self-imposed penalties – including a reduction of two scholarship equivalencies and one assistant coach – that resulted from a series of infractions that occurred under former head coach Paul Wulff will remain in effect.

The Eagles, who are 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky Conference, will travel to Seattle this weekend to take on league rival Portland State (2-6, 1-4) at Qwest Field. Tuesday’s announcement clears the way for EWU to earn the Big Sky’s automatic berth that goes to the regular-season champion, but the Eagles are currently behind Montana, Weber State and Northern Arizona in the BSC standings, with only two league games remaining.

They still have a shot at the post-season, it's slim but they can probably earn an at-large bid. This season just got a whoooole lot more interesting.

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