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Thursday, March 5, 2015 Free Press Section 2 Page 3 continued from page 1 to. "Would you rather do camp or recruiting?" were his options. "I enjoy it, I enjoy the relationships, the process, I enjoy finding new little ways We can get better at it," Sawyer said. Eastern can offer 63 full rides, but can split those into a total of 85. "There are going to be a number of guys where are going to be on a partial," Sawyer said. For instance a tuition only offer is 50- percent of the overall cost to attend school. From a budget stand- point, Sawyer said there is none for recruiting. "We try to be as ef- ficient as possible (ie. staying at home with par- ents in Sawyer's case)," he said. "We try to save money when we can, but we go recruit as much as we need to." That's in part why Eastern tackles some of the top teams in the West. They will tackle Oregon, Sept. 5 in Eugene and reap the payday of about $450,000. "It's a very respon- sible agreement between us and administration," Sawyer said. "Once in a while they'll want us to justify certain trips, we rarely get told no." But few can argue with the success in the last five years with a national championship, plus the television ex- posure Eastern receives from being showcased in a game like they did, Aug. 23 against Sam Houston State University to kick off the entire 2014 college football season. As with any business, or a military battle plan, how personnel are uti- lized is crucial. Sawyer has his troops stationed in specific areas so as to take advantage of their knowledge and relation- ships. "For example, coach (John) Graham recruits Spokane; coach (Josh) Federer recruits East- ern Washington; coach (Aaron) Best, coach (Zak) Hill, coach (Jeff) Schmedding and myself, all four of us, stretch up (and) down the I-5 cor- ridor, in Washington," Sawyer said. "We split up Oregon in two, we split up Northern Cali- fornia in three; one guy goes to Colorado." Familiarity with an area or a school is important, Sawyer ex- plained. He covers his hometown of Kent, Wash. "A couple of benefits from that, I get to go home and see my fam- ily; I stay there so we save money on our re- cruiting budget," Saw- yer said. Sawyer has easy access to, and knows Coaches throughout that area, some who are still there from when he was a player at Kent High School 20 years ago. "You're strategic with where you put coaches," Sawyer ex- plained. "Coach Federer, for example, coached m Colorado for a couple of years, so to put him back in Colorado to recruit makes complete sense." Besides travel, much of the recruiting process involves analyzing vid- eo. "We are watching three or four kids a day as a staff," Sawyer said. "It's 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there, but we're getting these kids in our heads." Coaches try to make the tedious job of watch- ing film another recruit- ing plus. "The kid goes, 'you saw my film, too,'" Sawyer said. "That can be a tool for us." Next Week: How tech- nology has revolutionized recruiting. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. Cheney, Medical Eakeii: A! ay Heights & EWU 7 iii StL ent-athtetes from Eastern Washington:Uni i;S: ootball and women s soccert in; the o! :ii: :i i Plunge in Lake, Feb. 28 Specta! Olympi Washington. For the:third straight year, the Eagles r n ed' with an award as the event'S top ndmiSing sch0oi; Athletics tea up with EWU Project Unity todatm the top honor. ; Members of Eastem's footballand:volteYba!!programs= also manned=telephones at KHQ Television in:Spokane on Feb. I0, and for eve $50 that was pledge& an= Eastern player was "rewarded" with a plunge inthe annu fundrais. ing event., EWU Athletics and student-athletes ha = dic!pated in the Polar Plunge annually since 20i2 raisi ::$3;t00 last year, Joel Vickery, 'sassistant athle dtrector ro: i ante, " . -!i, SCO BO Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical & continued from page 1 the wish list and drawing board and into the fast track reality. "I think he took that approach with the whole field and the donation," Best said. "The better the facility for them the better they're going to be." That perception Best spoke of turned to fact immediately. The first season on the red turf at Roos Field the Eagles trotted out a national championship. Others have benefit- ted from Roos' genuine generosity, and for all the right reasons, Best said. "When he has the opportunity to help a Boys or Girls Ck/b or create his own founda- tion, it wasn't because then he could have tax write offs," Best said. "It was how do [ make life better for somebody else because it was made better for me by my mom?" EWU athletics di- rector Bill Chaves said Roos giving back to his school is something, "That normally happens later on in life." Chaves jokes, "I kind of got dropped in here from outer space in 2007, so he had already been here," he said of continued from page 1 M~chak, Ken Whisen- hunt, Bruce Matthews (Titans); and all the coaches who made me a better player and man. Roos and wife Kath- erine donated $500,000 to EWU in 2010, a gift that jump-started the installation of artificial turf at the former Wood- ward Field. As a tribute to their giving legacy, Eastern re-named the stadium "Roos Field" Sept. 16, 2010. "I'm excited to begin the rest of my life, and I am grateful to do so now, while I am fully healthy," he said. Roos has been a regu- lar visitor to Eastern EWU photo Michael Roos along with wife Katherine and EWU athlet- ics director Bill Chaves at the 2009 ceremony to retire Roos NO. 71 jersey at Woodward Field. Since then the Roos's have donated $500,000 toward the 2010 instal- lation of red artificial turf at the renamed Roos Field. ern honored him by retiring his jersey in games in the past 10 2009. years when the NFL "On behalf of East- schedule allowed. East- ern, we send our con- gratulations to Michael for a tremendous colle- giate and NFL career," Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves said. [ !7 : ~b OPTOMEI'R I I"~: ~: ~!i:i~i:iiNo.visionInsuraL,~ce? No Problem! [ ii iAsk about our Vision Haus Savings Club. 509-235-2010 Eye coo c,s ~~ , , in Cheney 1867 1st St Roos. But the benefits of the time he spent here honing his craft as a professional football player make Chaves very appreciative. "For Michael and Kat to be thinking in those terms, basically right out of school, it makes them just incredibly special," Chaves said. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdela cheneyfreepress. com. Roos starting streak hit 226 Since Michael Roos became an offer~e t~man as a sophomore at Eastern Washing- ton University in 2002, he started every football game he played from 2002-14 as a collegian or professional. That streak ended at 226 after Roos suffered a knee injury on Oct. 5, 2014, and subse- quently retired. Hem's the math: 35 starts at EWU (,2002-04) 40 pmseason NFL Games 148 regular season games , 2 NFL P/ayoff Games 1 NFL Pro Bow/Game 226 Straight Starts (through 10/5/14) Looking for your own space? Call us to schedule a tour and consider the possibilities for this large space. 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