Tag: Ohio Valley Conference

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 »

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 »
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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 »

Will Eastern Illinois' next football coach come from this group of candidates?

Will Eastern Illinois' next football coach come from this group of candidates?
It’s been just over a week since Eastern Illinois announced its decision to not renew the contract of head football coach Kim Dameron. The Panthers were 3-8 this season and have not made the FCS playoffs since 2015. Dameron’s record was 27-30 in his five seasons in Charleston. He had winning seasons in three of the... Read more »

Hollins headlines EIU all-conference selections

Hollins headlines EIU all-conference selections
Senior wide receiver Alexander Hollins headlined a group of six Eastern Illinois players honored by the Ohio Valley Conference Tuesday. Hollins was named the OVC first team after ranking among the nation’s top wide receivers all season.  “It’s an great honor,” Hollins told Prairie State Pigskin. “Huge shout out to my coaching staff and my o-line. They... Read more »
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SEMO's timely answers shut down Eastern in finale

SEMO's timely answers shut down Eastern in finale
For each big play that Eastern Illinois enjoyed Saturday at Southeast Missouri, the Redhawks had answers. In the Panthers’ 2018 season finale, FCS playoff-bound SEMO used its powerful offense to put stubborn EIU away, 38-32. Eastern (3-8) closed within six points on three different occasions, but couldn’t overcome the Redhawks (8-3). Perhaps the biggest answer... Read more »

Eastern faces OVC's biggest surprise in season finale

Eastern faces OVC's biggest surprise in season finale
When the Eastern Illinois football team takes the field today for its season finale in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the Panthers will face the Ohio Valley Conference’s biggest surprise. Southeast Missouri, which was 3-8 the past two seasons, has enjoyed a big turnaround to 7-3 and a No. 23 national ranking. A win against EIU (3-7)... Read more »

Panthers pour it on in rout of Austin Peay

Panthers pour it on in rout of Austin Peay
In the midst of a difficult season, Eastern Illinois sent its 2018 senior class out with quite a memory Saturday in Charleston. The Panthers scored the first five touchdowns of the game and roared to a 52-21 rout against Austin Peay at O’Brien Field on Senior Day. The early damage was done on the ground with... Read more »
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EIU bids farewell to seniors in Saturday's home finale

EIU bids farewell to seniors in Saturday's home finale
In a season that hasn’t gone the way they planned, the Eastern Illinois Panthers will wrap up their home schedule Saturday at O’Brien Field in Charleston. EIU’s opponent is another Ohio Valley Conference team that has experienced a disappointing year. While Eastern has won just two games this season, Austin Peay is 4-5, a major... Read more »