Tag: Ohio Valley Conference

Moving the Chains with . . . EIU receiver Aaron Gooch

Moving the Chains with . . . EIU receiver Aaron Gooch
Aaron Gooch walked on at Eastern Illinois in 2014. He redshirted that season, but worked his way into becoming a special teams starter the following year. By his sophomore season, Gooch had moved into the starting lineup as a wide receiver. Two years later, he’s a vital part of EIU’s Air Raid offense as well... Read more »

Second half spells doom for Eastern Illinois

Second half spells doom for Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois couldn’t maintain its first-half success and fell 31-23 at Eastern Kentucky Saturday in Ohio Valley Conference action. Trailing 17-10 at the half, EKU tied the game midway through the third quarter as LJ Scott broke away for a 48-yard touchdown run.  The Colonels finished the game with 216 yards rushing after being held... Read more »

EIU quarterback tandem fuels Ohio Valley Conference's top passing offense

EIU quarterback tandem fuels Ohio Valley Conference's top passing offense
It’s often been said that having two quarterbacks is really have no quarterbacks. You’d get an argument from Eastern Illinois. “We’ve got a couple of quarterbacks that can operate in this system,” EIU head coach Kim Dameron said this week. That Panther pair is Jonathan Brantley and Harry Woodbery, a duo that has combined for... Read more »
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Eastern pulls out Homecoming overtime thriller

Eastern pulls out Homecoming overtime thriller
Prior to Saturday’s Homecoming game with Tennessee-Martin, Eastern Illinois head coach Kim Dameron advised his Panthers to honor the memory of Bob Spoo by playing the way his teams did—hard and with passion. Dameron’s Panthers—wearing helmet stickers to honor Spoo, who coached at EIU for 25 seasons and passed away Monday in Rockford—responded by grinding... Read more »

Eastern hosts UT-Martin for 101st Homecoming game

Eastern hosts UT-Martin for 101st Homecoming game
Kim Dameron and Jason Simpson view their teams in a similar fashion. Unfortunately, that fashion is as welcome as an ’80s wedding ensemble. “I see them a little bit like us in the fact that we’re kind of in unfamiliar territory as far as our record is concerned right now,” Dameron said. “We both played... Read more »

Ohio Valley Conference coaches share thoughts, memories on Spoo's passing

Ohio Valley Conference coaches share thoughts, memories on Spoo's passing
Several Ohio Valley Conference head coaches took time during Tuesday’s teleconference to share their thoughts and memories on the passing of longtime Eastern Illinois head coach Bob Spoo, who died Monday morning. Kim Dameron, Eastern Illinois’ current head coach, went in-depth about Spoo. Dameron served as an EIU assistant under Spoo and also coached against him... Read more »
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EIU mourns loss of longtime head coach Bob Spoo

EIU mourns loss of longtime head coach Bob Spoo
Former Eastern Illinois football coach Bob Spoo died early Monday morning in Rockford.  Spoo, 80, was head coach at EIU from 1987-2011, amassing a school-record 144 victories. His 68 Ohio Valley Conference wins rank fourth all-time among conference head coaches. While Spoo certainly can be measured in numbers, awards and conference championships, his legacy goes far... Read more »

Ohio Valley's best punishes Eastern Illinois

Ohio Valley's best punishes Eastern Illinois
Matching up against the Ohio Valley Conference’s best team led Eastern Illinois head coach Kim Dameron to issue a warning. “If we turn the ball over, we don’t have a chance,” he told the media this week. Though the Panthers limited their turnovers to only one Saturday, they still had nary a chance against seventh-ranked... Read more »

Illinois FCS Midterm Reports: Eastern Illinois Panthers

This is the final in our series of midterm reports. Today, beat writer Justin Rust of the Journal Gazette-Times Courier offers his analysis. Eastern Illinois Panthers (1-5 overall, 1-2 in Ohio Valley Conference) Offense: A- I can’t give a full A because of the Illinois State game but that’s the only game where EIU’s offense hasn’t clicked... Read more »
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RB Scott goes from 'Last Chance' to big chance at EIU

RB Scott goes from 'Last Chance' to big chance at EIU
Before Jamal Scott arrived on Eastern Illinois University’s campus in August, head coach Kim Dameron wasn’t familiar with his new running back’s fame. A transfer from Independence (Kan.) Community College, Scott was one of three running backs to be featured on the hit Netflix series, “Last Chance U.” In one game, Scott ran for 180... Read more »