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Page 4 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, February 12, 2015 iii!ii!i iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii continued from page 1 player, will compete with Jeff Lockie, Mor- gan Mahalak, Ty Grif- fin, Travis Waller and Taylor Alie during the Ducks' fall camp. But announcing the transfer to Oregon, where Adams hopes to study for a masters degree, is just one of a number of steps the record-setting EWU quarterback needs to complete in order to compete. Adams is eligible to transfer under an NCAA rule that allows those athletes who complete undergraduate require- ments at one institution - and who have eligibil- ity remaining - to move to another school. Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wil- son did undergrad stud- ies at North Carolina State before transferring to Wisconsin where he led the Badgers to the 2011 Rose Bowl. Of course tl at all de- pends on a number of things including wheth- er Adams completes graduation requirements at Eastern and whether he can fast-track his con- ditioning and learn the Ducks offensive system and ultimately win the job, "He felt like it was a great opportunity for him, he wanted to ex- plore that opportunity and go down that road," EWU head coach Beau Baldwin said during a press conference Mon- day. According to an in- terview Monday after- noon on the "Dickau and Slim Show" on 700 ESPN in Spokane, Oregon has long been on Adams' radar screen. "I've always dreamed of playing in the Pac- 12, playing at Oregon, winning the Heisman, winning the national championship," Adams said. Again, his former coach cautioned that there remains a long and twisting road between Cheney and Eugene. "He's got a lot of challenges in terms of the hoops he needs to jump through to make sure he can get that de- gree in a timely fashion," Baldwin said. "Nothing that's sitting here right now is a slam-dunk, no matter what." EWU athletics di- rector Bill Chaves ad- dressed another part of the situation. The NCAA rule that allows players in Ad- ams' case with a season of eligibility to transfer to another institution to pursue a masters de- gree, is well-intentioned Chaves said. "I really do think the legislation, when it was put together, it was for all the right reasons," Chaves said. Howev- er, like a tax loophole, "We've probably gone into a world we didn't intend." Baldwin was vocal over how the rule ap- pears to be manipulated. EWU and Portland State were the only schools that offered Adams a scholarship in 2011. "This is a guy we re- cruited, this is a guy we developed, and dur- ing that three to four years, obviously, Oregon doesn't feel like they re- cruited or developed a guy to the same level that we did here in Cheney, Wash.," Baldwin said. "That can be a little bit frustrating, and I would ask the question, 'cause I don't see myself finding my next QB at Linfield," Baldwin said with more than a little sarcasm in his voice. P au l Delaney om be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. continued from page 1 to send them back with a win." Eastern shot 51 per- -ceiit from the ffeld but limited Montana (8-3, 12-10) to just under 46 percent and held a team just under its 70 points per game average. Brandon led four Ea- gles in double-figures Saturday in Bozeman with 15 points and 12 rebounds for a double- double. Jois added 13 points, sophomore Og- njen Miljkovic scored 11 points and true fresh- man Bogdan Bliznyuk finished with 10 points. Eastern, which trailed by as many at eight in the second half, went on a 17-3 run and held Montana State to 1-of- 14 shooting during an 11-minute span to turn things around. The Bob- cats fell to 4-19 overall and 1-10 in conference play. "We came in here and gutted it out," Hayford said. "We held them to 32 percent shooting in the game, we forced 20 turnovers and we gave up only 17 second-half points." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. continued from. page 1 And things turned out well, despite some stum- bles. In theorizing and ra- tionalizing what might happen with "Big Play V.A." out came the pros vs. cons list. That's what my family has long em- ployed to make difficult decisions a bit easier. Like not following continued from page I Senior Lexie Nel- Son scored all 14 of her points in the second half. Hayley Hodgins added 12 points while her sister Del- aney Hodgins chipped in 11 points. Williams had 11 rebounds and nine points. Eastern outrebounded the Bobcats, 34-29, and limited MSU to just five offensive boards. "During halftime, we talked about defense and through on a wild no- tion to purchase an aban- doned home next to our rental property. Because once we started real- ly studying things, the lengthy list of negatives made sure our collective bank accounts - and sanity - remained in- tact. For Adams, the pros seemed simple. Oregon offered the kind of big- ger stage from which he might just further his football career. This despite his already re- cord-setting, All-Ameri- can naming and twice a Walter Payton Award runner-up resume at Eastern. But the cons certainly looked like they'd win the day and he'd amaze for another year as an Eagle. Loads of Nike and Pac-12 a couple of little things we needed to make sure we continued to do," Schul= let said. Included were limiting MSU's touches in the post. Montana State falls to 4-7 in conference action and 10-12 overall. "I thought we were getting really good looks on that end Of the floor in the first half, and I told the team to continue to work because we're too good of a shooting team not to shoot it bet- ter in the second half, and that's pretty much what we did," Schuller said. Eastern shot 53.8 percent over the final 20 minutes. The Eagles try to keep the momentum going Thursday at Sacramento State (8-3, 10-12) and Sat- urday at Portland State (1-10, 3-19). Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. / L CHENEY We Provide Family Peace of Mind! How may we serve you? We are available 24/'7 for: Meal prep, light housekeeping Grocery shopping, errands Personal Care Medication Reminders Companionship Transporta~on money provides a lot of glitz the red turf simply cannot match. The path Adams has chosen has huge challenges. And that concern showed thrughut the day in cm" ments, and the tenor of the voice of Adams' coach, and mentor, Beau Baldwin. . He has to graduate June 12 and do so needing to earn a significant number of credits just to get to Eu- gene June 13 to begin sum- mer workouts. And because he will not have a diploma in hand, Adams will miss spring ball and have just a few weeks to learn the Oregon system. Then he has to unseat athletes already in the U of O system - Jeff Lockie, Morgan Mahaiak, Ty Griffin, Travis Waller and Taylor Alie during the Ducks' fall camp. "He has one senior year with a lot of pieces that go into this in terms of when he can get there, tirnin& all that," Baldwin said on 700 ESPN's "Patchin, Lukens and Osso Radio Show." But Adams has sur- prised everyone before, and on many occasions since his breakout effort in spring camp at Eastern in 2012. That's when he came out as a redshirt freshman and ultimately beat out FBS/Southern Methodist University transfer, Kyle Padron to begin his amaz- ing highlight-reel EWU career. Despite what might lay ahead, and the big gamble Adams has taken in this transfer decision, Baldwin, is one of many who seem to think it will work out. "I will always bet on Vernon," Baldwin said. "There's not going to be too many things that I don't think that guy can get done." P au l D elaney can be m_ :hed at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. With Your Ctub Card Sweet Strawberries 16-oz. Selected varieties. ea Club Price Prices effective 2/11/15 thru 2/17/15 ~Vish svws.s~f~7.c~m u[m immtt ~ic~sin~ada~.dv~7.1m~ThuMa:~Fb~r~I~ur~e~sd~y~F~hn3aryI7~2~(~Jc~*~s~n~tedka~27~gtg~Chen~y~51$d~ [teat s offered for sale ag not avai[~ to o~t dealers or whdcsa[c/s. 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