Baldwin, Eastern Washington agree to five-year deal

Eastern Washington made it clear Friday that it doesn't want to lose football coach Beau Baldwin, announcing it was finalizing a new five-year contract with its ninth-year coach, who led the Eagles to the 2010 FCS national title.

Baldwin had interviewed earlier this week for the head coaching position at Nevada, which went to Jay Norvell.

"There is no doubt that coach Baldwin is one of the very best coaches ever in the Big Sky Conference and we are excited to be working out details with him," EWU athletic director Bill Chaves said.

This season, Eastern Washington won its fourth Big Sky title in the last five seasons and has a 11-1 record heading into its FCS playoff quarterfinal against Richmond on Saturday.

Baldwin, 44, is 84-31 overall and has a 58-14 Big Sky record for a winning percentage of .806, which ranks fifth-best in conference history.