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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Cole Hoover (right), a graduate assistant for the Eastern football team, talks to Jack Valente (66), a sophomore offensive lineman, before the start of the Alumni Social Spring Game on April 23 at OBrien Field.

Hoover continuing family legacy with EIU football

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor April 27, 2022

Filling the stands at O’Brien field each fall to see the Eastern football team take on its opponents each fall is a seemingly ordinary act for many. But, for Cole Hoover, O’Brien Field represents a...

Eastern Head Football Coach Chris Wilkerson talks to the team after the Alumni Social Spring Game Saturday afternoon at OBrien Field. Wilkerson said he was impressed with the teams energy and enthusiasm, feeling the whole effort put forth as a team.

Panthers wrap up seasonal workouts with spring game

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor April 23, 2022

After a month of preparation, the Eastern football team hosted their annual Alumni Social Spring Game Saturday afternoon where spectators got a taste of what the 2022 season could hold for the Panthers.   Head...

Members of the Eastern defensive line runs and gets warmed up during the afternoon practice Sunday afternoon at O’Brien Field. It was the second week of spring practices for the Panthers under new head coach Chris Wilkerson.

Wilkerson takes field as coach for spring practices

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor April 5, 2022

The Eastern football team is entering their second week of spring practices for the 2022 season. For Chris Wilkerson, stepping on O’Brien Field as a head coach for the first time in 20 plus years has...

2022 Eastern football schedule released

2022 Eastern football schedule released

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor March 24, 2022

The Eastern football team's 2022 schedule was released Thursday, and the slate of opponents for the first season of the Chris Wilkerson era is now set. The Panthers will open the season on the road...

OVC, Big South joining together in football alliance

OVC, Big South joining together in football alliance

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor February 22, 2022

The OVC has announced a move that will add some stability to its football programs going forward. On Tuesday, the OVC and the Big South Conference announced an association of their football programs...

From left, Chris Wilkerson, Easterns 26 Head Coach for football, talks to former teammates along side his son, Peyton Wilkerson, on Friday in the Hall of Champions in Lantz Arena at Chris’s press conference.

Wilkerson’s hiring connects Eastern’s football past, future

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor January 28, 2022

Pride for Eastern’s football past was mixed with optimism for its future Friday as Chris Wilkerson was introduced as the next head coach of the Eastern football program. This dynamic was present throughout...

From left, Chris Wilkerson, Easterns newest head football coach, receives a jersey from EIU Athletic Director Tom Michael for becoming the football team’s new head coach at WIlkerson’s press conference on Friday in the Hall of Champions in Lantz Arena.

Wilkerson introduced as head football coach Friday

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor January 28, 2022

The Eastern Athletics formally introduced Chris Wilkerson as the 26th head coach of the football program Friday morning in the Hall of Champions in Lantz Arena.   Wilkerson is no stranger to O’Brien...

Wilkerson announced as next Eastern football coach

Wilkerson announced as next Eastern football coach

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor January 26, 2022

The Eastern football team announced on Wednesday morning that they hired Chris Wilkerson as their new head coach.  Wilkerson played for the Panthers from 1991-94 earning his degree from EIU in 1995....

Eastern head coach Adam Cushing (right) expresses displeasures with a call on the field in Eastern’s Homecoming Game against Tennessee State on Oct. 23, 2021, at O’Brien Field. Eastern lost to the Tigers 28-0.

Cushing steps down as football coach

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor January 11, 2022

It was announced Tuesday that Eastern football coach Adam Cushing is stepping down to take the offensive line coach position as Duke. "It was a very challenging decision because I love the young men...

Eastern Running back Harrison Bey-Buie is handed the ball by quarterback Otto Kuhns at Saturday in Easterns Homecoming Game against Tennessee State on Oct. 23 at OBrien Field. The Panthers lost 28-0.

Football team dismisses 5 offensive coaches

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor December 2, 2021

The Eastern football team let go of five members of its offensive coaching staff following the conclusion of the 2021 season.   Those who are no longer on staff include offensive coordinator and super...

Eastern running back Harrison Bey-Buie attempts to run the ball past the Tennessee State defensive line in the Panthers Homecoming Game on Oct. 19 at OBrien Field. Bey-Buie was named to the OVC All-Newcomer after the season.

Several Panthers given All-OVC honors

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor November 29, 2021

The Eastern football team had several players receive recognition for their 2021 season performance as the OVC announced the All-OVC teams and award winners last Tuesday. Let’s take a look at who took...

Redshirt junior wide receiver Isaiah Hill runs the ball at the Nov. 20 football game at O’Brien Field. Hill had 13 catches for 110 yards. The Panthers lost 20-13 to the Racers.

Panthers lose 20-13 in season finale against Murray State

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor November 20, 2021

The 2021 season is in the books for the Eastern football team after a 20-13 loss to Murray State at O'Brien Field. The Panthers end the season with an overall record of 1-10 and a conference record...

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