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EMU football set for matchup at Michigan State

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The Eastern Michigan University football team will be traveling to East Lansing, Mich. to take on Michigan State University, Saturday. This will be the first matchup between the Eagles and the Spartans since Sept.

From walk-on to stand out, linebacker makes an impact for EMU

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Walking on to a Division I football team isn’t easy – for a walk-on to earn a scholarship is even more difficult. Eastern Michigan University redshirt junior linebacker Great Ibe (pronounced “e-bay”) did just that.

COLUMN: Assault should not be treated differently for athletes

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This past week was an absolute nightmare for the National Football League and its commissioner Roger Goodell. It started Monday when a video surfaced of Ray Rice – who was indicted in March when he knocked out his wife Jenay, who was his fiancée at the time, in the elevator of a New Jersey hotel – physically knocking her out.

Five things to take away from EMU's 17-3 loss to Old Dominion

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The Eastern Michigan University football team fell to Old Dominion University, Saturday, 17-3. Here are the five biggest takeaways from the game.

Eagles fall to Old Dominion, 17-3

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The Eastern Michigan University football team lost its second straight game, Saturday, 17-3, to the Old Dominion University Monarchs in Norfolk, Va. Sophomore Brogan Roback started for the Eagles (1-2). He was 9-of-17 passing, for 56 yards.

Student organization plans ceremony for 9/11 victims

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Eastern Michigan University’s University Christian Fellowship (UCF) will be honoring the people who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, according to a news release.

EMU baseball team releases 2015 schedule

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The Eastern Michigan University athletic department announced Wednesday the full schedule for the baseball team’s 2015 season.

A bit about the defensive co-captain who almost wasn't

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Senior safety/linebacker Pudge Cotton is one of the defensive captains on the Eastern Michigan University football team – but he almost wasn’t. Cotton, who has been playing football since he was young, said he quit after a short time because he didn’t see himself as being good. It took some convincing to get back on the field.

After lopsided loss to Florida, Eagles ready to regroup vs. Old Dominion

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Following the Eastern Michigan University football team’s 65-0 loss to the University of Florida, Saturday, the team held its weekly press conference in the media room of the Convocation Center.

What's on Tap

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This week marks the first full week of the fall semester. If you already need a break from your classes, here are a few games to take your mind off things.

Five things to take away from EMU's 65-0 loss to Florida

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The Eastern Michigan University football team lost a 65-0 blowout at the hands of the University of Florida Gators on Saturday – here are the five biggest things to take away from it.

Eagles blown out by Florida, 65-0

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The Eastern Michigan University football team traveled to Gainesville, Fla. Saturday for a matchup against the University of Florida and left on the wrong side of a 65-0 blowout against the Gators.

Report: 3 Eastern football players charged with assault

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Three Eastern Michigan University football players were reportedly charged with assault stemming from an incident which took place off-campus Friday afternoon, according to a Monday afternoon MLive story.

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.

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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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