The Daily Eastern News

OVC postpones start of season for fall Olympic sports

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

July 22, 2020

The OVC announced Wednesday that the schedules of the fall Olympic sports will be postponed until Sept. 17. The decision affects the women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis seasons. In addition, the women’s soccer...

Cushing on how Panthers are preparing for 2020 season, dealing with COVID-19

Eastern head coach Adam Cushing talks with the line judge during an official review in the Panthers’ game against Tennessee Tech last September.

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

June 24, 2020

There are just over two months remaining until the 2020 season opener for the Eastern football team. Whether the season will start on time, or start at all, is very much uncertain. The team has continued to meet virtually since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was just one of the aspects...

Diarra adds size, future prospect to Eastern’s roster

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Reporter

May 14, 2020

Jay Spoonhour wanted to add size to his roster, and after the addition of Sammy Friday to the roster, the Eastern head basketball coach added transfer Madani Diarra to his team. Diarra is now the tallest player on Eastern’s roster, measuring at 6-feet-10-inches. The addition of Diarra not only...

Second EIU student says she was sexually assaulted by athlete

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2020

Update 9:32 p.m. Monday: In a statement to The Daily Eastern News, Eastern said via spokesperson Josh Reinhart its policies and procedures handling sexual assaults have never included disciplinary input from coaches or athletic administrators. Eastern's Monday night statement was strongly refu...

Eastern admits it was aware of sexual assault report in 2017, fails to answer key questions

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

In statements made to The Daily Eastern News on Friday, both Eastern and the Eastern Athletic Department admitted they were made aware of a sexual assault complaint filed by former Eastern soccer player Malorie Henderlong in May of 2017. Henderlong alleged she was sexually assaulted by a member...

Friday brings size to men’s basketball team

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 30, 2020

It did not take long for Eastern men’s basketball head coach Jay Spoonhour to add the size he was looking for in Sammy Friday IV. Eastern announced Wednesday that Friday is joining the Panthers’ roster for next season, and he is filling a role that Spoonhour said he wanted to address with rec...

Former EIU soccer player alleges sexual assault against former Eastern baseball player

Henderlong is seen here delivering her speech about surviving an alleged sexual assault at the hands of an Eastern baseball player in 2017.

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2020

Editors note: This is a developing story, we will continue to update it as more information becomes available.  Update 2 p.m. Friday: In statements made to The Daily Eastern News on Friday, both Eastern and the Eastern Athletic Department admitted they were made aware in May of 2017 of a sexual ...

Long-time connection brings Leonard to Eastern basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

Jay Spoonhour and his staff did the majority of the work for the men’s basketball team’s recruiting, but it was somebody from Spoonhour’s father’s staff who helped with one of the recruits. Before Ryan Leonard, an incoming transfer from Santa Fe College, signed with Eastern, Spoonhour had a l...

Column: How men’s basketball won the offseason so far

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

The overall success of the offseason recruitment for Jay Spoonhour and the Eastern men’s basketball team cannot be completely graded until the team adds its final player(s), but so far, Eastern has won the offseason and can continue to do so. Here are the three reasons why Spoonhour and his staff have won ...

Meet the five incoming players for Eastern men’s basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

Eastern men’s basketball coach Jay Spoonhour has announced the signing of five players for next season, which includes two transfers coming in as juniors and three freshmen. The Daily Eastern News sports editor, Dillan Schorfheide, talked with each of the incoming players to get a feeling of how the recrui...

Men’s soccer talks getting through quarantine together

Blake Faith, Sports Reporter

April 22, 2020

The Eastern men’s soccer team saw an end to its spring season and early training, but newly appointed head coach Ronnie Bouemboue and the team know how important communication, camaraderie and positivity are during this time of uncertainty.  Bouemboue was hired Feb. 4 as the 10th men’s soccer head coach...

Spoonhour announces Ryan Leonard will join Panthers next season

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

Eastern men’s basketball coach Jay Spoonhour made his first official announcement regarding incoming players, with the first player announced being junior college transfer Ryan Leonard. Leonard is transferring from Santa Fe college, where he averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, per the press...

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