Tag: Ohio Valley Conference

Former EIU player, U of Chicago head coach Wilkerson tabbed to lead alma mater's football program

Former Eastern Illinois defensive tackle and University of Chicago head coach Chris Wilkerson has been named to lead the football program at his alma mater, EIU announced Wednesday morning. Wilkerson — who played for the Panthers from 1991 to ’94 and served as an EIU assistant coach from 1995 to 2001 —  replaces Adam Cushing, the... Read more »

Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing departs Charleston for FBS Duke

Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing is departing EIU after three seasons to coach the offensive line at FBS Duke. (Photo by Barry Bottino, Prairie State Pigskin) Adam Cushing arrived at Eastern Illinois as its head football coach in December 2018 with 15 years of experience as an FBS assistant at Northwestern under his belt.... Read more »

National signing day, Dec. 2021: Eastern Illinois Panthers

For Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing, National Signing Day has always been special. “Exciting day, always one of the most exciting days of the year to bring some new blood into the program” Cushing said Wednesday afternoon during a Zoom media address. EIU could use some new blood. The Panthers are coming off their... Read more »
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Eastern Illinois Panthers postseason capsule

Linebacker Jason Johnson (8) led the OVC in total tackles. (Photo by EIUPanthers.com) Head Coach:  Adam Cushing Overall Record:  1-10 Ohio Valley Conference Record:  1-5 Biggest Win:  EIU forced four Tennessee Tech turnovers leading to a 28-14 victory. The biggest came when safety Bryce Dewberry scooped up a fumble and raced a school-record 90 yards for a tide-turning touchdown.... Read more »

Offensive struggles lead Eastern to dismiss 5 coaches

Amid the team’s offensive struggles, Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing has let five offensive coaches go, according to an EIU source. (Photo by Barry Bottino, Prairie State Pigskin) Changes to the Eastern Illinois offense were certain to come after the Panthers ranked 116th in the nation in scoring this fall among 123 FCS teams.... Read more »

Eastern Illinois, Ohio Valley Conference face uncertain future heading into football off-season

The Ohio Valley Conference has played football since 1948. The Ohio Valley Conference, of which Eastern Illinois is a member, enters the off-season facing a daunting task. Three football-playing members have announced their departures from the league within the past calendar year. As reported by Mike Organ of The Tennessean, charter member Eastern Kentucky and... Read more »
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EIU athletic director part of the 'scrubbing out' process for FCS playoff picture

Eastern Illinois athletic director Tom Michael serves on the FCS playoff committee. (photo courtesy eiupanthers.com) Experience usually pays off, but then again, circumstances also dictate our perceptions. Take, for example, Tom Michael’s second time serving on the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff committee. Michael, the Eastern Illinois athletic director, had his first foray in selecting... Read more »

3 things we learned: Once again, Murray State knocks off Eastern Illinois

Redshirt junior Isaiah Hill (7) led Eastern Illinois with 13 catches for 110 yards. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) In pattern all too familiar, Eastern Illinois failed to produce on offense in the second half of a close game and lost. This time around, EIU lost to a very familiar opponent — a foe... Read more »

EIU closes out season with rare second fall game with a very familiar opponent

Eastern Illinois closes out its season by hosting Murray State at O’Brien Field Saturday in Charleston. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) Eastern Illinois closes out its 2021 fall season with a familiar opponent — one it will have faced three times in the last eight months once Saturday’s game with Murray State kicks off.... Read more »
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Moving the Chains with . . . EIU defensive end Jordan Miles

Eastern Illinois freshman defensive end Jordan Miles (91) leads the Ohio Valley Conference in tackles-for-loss. (photo courtesy eiupanthers.com) Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing isn’t surprised by the success of defensive end Jordan Miles, the true freshman who leads the Ohio Valley Conference in tackles-for-loss. “He’s certainly the guy we recruited,” Cushing said recently. “In... Read more »