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Vultaggio named MAC Offensive Player of the Week

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The Mid-American Conference named senior forward Angela Vultaggio as its Offensive Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

EMU football releases depth chart for regular season opener

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Eastern Michigan University first-year football coach Chris Creighton released his depth chart to start the 2014 season Monday afternoon.

Morgan State football player dies over the weekend

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Morgan State University freshman defensive lineman Marquise Meadow, 18, died Sunday after becoming disoriented during a workout two weeks ago, according to the Washington Post.

Reggie Bell named starting QB vs. Morgan State

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Eastern Michigan University football coach Chris Creighton took part in his first Mid-American Conference teleconference Monday morning and wasted no time naming redshirt freshman quarterback Reggie Bell the starter for the Aug. 30 regular season opener against Morgan State University.

EMU soccer blanks Indiana, 2-0

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The Eastern Michigan University soccer team won its second consecutive game Sunday, with a 2-0 victory over the Indiana University Hoosiers at Scicluna Field.The Eagles last played the Hoosiers on Sept. 6, 2013 – leaving with a 1-0 loss.

EMU soccer shuts out Fordham 2-0 in regular season opener

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The Eastern Michigan University soccer team began the defense of its Mid-American Conference regular season title Friday with a 2-0 win over the Fordham University Rams at Scicluna Field.

New coach, different attitude highlight optimistic EMU football team

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After the emotional roller coaster the Eastern Michigan University football team rode last year – the death of receiver Demarius Reed, the firing of former coach Ron English and the usual attendance woes – it appears as if first-year coach Chris Creighton has made strides toward improving the atmosphere in the locker room.

COLUMN: EMU needs to add Demarius Reed to the Ring of Honor at Rynearson Stadium, retire his jersey

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The Eastern Michigan University athletic department announced Tuesday in a story on its website that construction on “The Factory” – the nickname it gave to Rynearson Stadium – was complete. There’s only one thing wrong – it’s not.

EMU hires deputy athletic director

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The Eastern Michigan University Athletic Department announced Monday the hiring of Christian Spears as the Deputy Director of Athletics.

EMU football team lands highly touted transfer

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After reports surfaced earlier this week, the Eastern Michigan University athletic department officially announced the transfer of Rob Bolden from Louisiana State University late Friday afternoon. He will be eligible for the 2014 season.

Van Ameyde named baseball coach

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Eastern Michigan University named Mark Van Ameyde its baseball coach Tuesday. Van Ameyde is switching one green and white jersey for another, as he spent the last six years as the assistant coach for former EMU assistant Jake Boss at Michigan State University.

Former EMU Baseball coach Ron Oestrike dies at the age of 82

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Former Eastern Michigan University baseball coach Ron Oestrike died early Friday afternoon. He was 82.

COLUMN: Putting The Factory in perspective

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Thursday’s announcement by Heather Lyke, Eastern Michigan University Vice President and Director of Athletics and football coach Chris Creighton of the installation of grey turf at Rynearson Stadium (henceforth called “The Factory”) has already sparked a great deal of discussion on social media – most of it negative.

New gymnastics coach hired

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Eastern Michigan University announced Tuesday the hiring of Jay Santos as gymnastics coach, replacing Steve Wilce who retired in April.

Former EMU pitcher, AL Cy Young winner dies

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Former Eastern Michigan University pitcher Bob Welch has died at the age of 57 according to Major League Baseball.

Board of Regents briefs for June 10

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Board of Regents briefs for June 10 Board of Regents approves FY2015 Budget The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved Tuesday a $301.9 million general fund operating expenditure budget.

Women's basketball guard to transfer

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The Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team is losing one of its players – guard Haley Moore tweeted Monday night that she is transferring to Wayne State College in Nebraska.

3 Eagles named to All-MAC preseason teams Monday

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Eastern Michigan University hired Chris Creighton to be its new football coach in December and the fruits of his labors are already beginning to show with Monday’s announcement of three players to Mid-American Conference preseason teams by MAC blogger Phil Steele.

Former EMU defensive end signs contract with Detroit Lions

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Former Eastern Michigan University football standout Kalonji Kashama was signed Monday by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, after participating in a rookie mini-camp earlier in the spring.

Holdren not retained as rowing coach

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Eastern Michigan University announced Tuesday that rowing coach Brad Holdren would not be returning for the 2014-15 season.

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Forum postponed

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Due to a scheduling error, Monday’s Eastern Echo forum on Football and Athletics has been postponed. We will be rescheduling the event. We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you updated on the new date as soon as we have that information.

Former Eagle signed by Green Bay Packers

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Former Eastern Michigan University quarterback, turned wide receiver, Alex Gillett was signed Wednesday by the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He was added to the team’s practice squad when quarterback Scott Tolzien, formerly of the University of Wisconsin, was activated.

The Eastern Echo Sports Podcast: Sunday Edition

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The school year is beginning

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Well, that day is upon us. The day many I’m sure many of you have been dreading for the last three months (I’m sure quite a few of you have been looking forward to the beginning of this school year- I know I have). Whether you’re a new student or a seasoned veteran of the classroom, I have some often shared, but under-utilized advice for you on the eve of another school year.

New school year, new blog

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This is the home of the new Managing Editor’s blog. It will contain a little bit of everything: News, Opinions, Sports, Life, but no Comics (you’ll thank me later). For more, feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AlWillmanEcho

Former Eagle football player signed to Detroit Lions

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On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions announced the signing of former Eagle defensive tackle Jason Jones. In four seasons as an Eagle, he registered 175 total tackles, 13 sacks and one forced fumble. Jones began the 2004 season as a tight end before making the switch to the defensive line.

EMU Men's Basketball Postgame Press Conference 3/9/13

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EMU Men’s Basketball Postgame Press Conference 3/9/13

Breaking news: EMU vs. Ohio game cancelled

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The basketball game scheduled Wednesday evening between Eastern Michigan University and Ohio University has been cancelled. Early Wednesday morning, an armed robbery took place near Ohio’s campus which prompted the university to close for the day.

James Still sentenced to 15 years in prison

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This just in: Former Eagle forward James Still was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for his involvement in an assault on a Providence College student in 2010.

Head coach accountable for team's performance

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I’ve been getting a lot of feedback, both positive and negative, about the Dec. 3 column I wrote about Eastern Michigan University’s head football coach Ron English, and I’d like to clear the air on a few matters.

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