Tag: EIU Panthers

Illinois FCS football & Jeopardy a winning combination--Part II

Illinois FCS football & Jeopardy a winning combination--Part II
Both the Illinois FCS programs and Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer are on breaks right now. With spring practice over and summer camps not scheduled to begin until the heat of summer, the state’s four teams have some time away from the field. Meanwhile, Naperville native Holzhauer has a two-week hiatus while a teachers tournament fills... Read more »

"I'll try Illinois FCS for $200, Alex"

"I'll try Illinois FCS for $200, Alex"
Both the Illinois FCS programs and Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer are on breaks right now. With spring practice over and the next camps not scheduled to begin until the heat of summer, the state’s four teams have some time away from the field. Meanwhile, Naperville native Holzhauer has a two-week hiatus while a teachers tournament... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Seven former Illinois FCS players find ways to NFL camps

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  Seven former Illinois FCS players find ways to NFL camps
Following the Kansas City Chiefs’ third-round selection of Khalen Saunders in last weekend’s NFL Draft, seven former Illinois FCS players signed either as undrafted free agents or mini camp tryout candidates. While Western Illinois celebrated Saunders as its first NFL Draft choice in 10 years, three other Leatherneck standouts landed in camps. Quarterback Sean McGuire... Read more »
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Illinois FCS spring ball recaps

Illinois FCS spring ball recaps
With spring practices now completed, the Illinois FCS programs will head into summer workouts with an eye on fall camps in preparation for the 2019 college football season. Three of the four head coaches are Illinois natives:  Illinois State’s Brock Spack (Rockford), Southern Illinois’ Nick Hill (Du Quoin) and Eastern Illinois’ Adam Cushing (Chicago). And,... Read more »

New EIU staff hits state recruiting trail hard

New EIU staff hits state recruiting trail hard
Newly hired Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing vowed that his staff would not only work the recruiting trail hard but also get players from the state to commit to the Panthers. Officially on the job less than three months, Cushing–the former Northwestern assistant–has done just that. Cushing and his staff have signed 27 players,... Read more »

Spring practice ahead for state's FCS programs

Spring practice ahead for state's FCS programs
With both recruiting signing days in the rearview mirror, the four Illinois FCS programs are now focused on the upcoming spring practices. “I think that you can find a lot of really good players at our level that really probably should be FBS players that are left now because so many people feel like they... Read more »
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A closer look at Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing

A closer look at Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing
Adam Cushing has gone from being a longtime Wildcat to becoming the leader of Panthers. Cushing, 38, was hired Dec. 10 as the 25th head coach in Eastern Illinois University football history. The Mount Carmel High School and University of Chicago graduate replaced Kim Dameron at the EIU helm. Cushing spent the past 14 seasons... Read more »

5 burning questions for Eastern Illinois in 2019

5 burning questions for Eastern Illinois in 2019
During the search for Eastern Illinois’ new head football coach, athletic director Tom Michael sought the advice of four of the most prominent figures in EIU gridiron history. “If there is such a thing as an ace up our sleeve, I had four of them in EIU football alumni Mike Shanahan, Sean Payton, Ryan Pace... Read more »

Eastern Illinois Panthers Postseason Capsule

Eastern Illinois Panthers Postseason Capsule
Eastern Illinois Panthers Ohio Valley Conference Head Coach:  Adam Cushing who replaces Kim Dameron (contract not renewed for 2019) Overall Record:  3-8 Conference Record:  3-5 Biggest Win:  The Panthers put all phases of the game together Nov. 10 in a 52-21 romp over Austin Peay on Senior Day at O’Brien Field. EIU finished the day with 216 yards rushing and... Read more »
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Eastern officially welcomes Cushing as head football coach

Eastern officially welcomes Cushing as head football coach
Eastern Illinois officially hired Northwestern assistant Adam Cushing as its 25th head football coach Monday afternoon in Charleston. Cushing, a Chicago native and graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, takes over the Panther program. The 38-year-old follows the five-year tenure of Kim Dameron, whose contract was not renewed by EIU. EIU athletic director Tom Michael... Read more »