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

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

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Mark Aitken (2) congratulates his teammate NiJhay Burt (34) on his interception at the EIU vs. Indiana State game Thursday night.

EIU football teammates share controversial opinions in Q&A

Zaria Flippin and Payton Liggins February 28, 2024

Redshirt senior Mark Aitken and junior safety NiJhay Burt answered questions ranging from which celebrity they would bring to campus to their opinions on if the Earth is round or flat.   Q: When...

Panther Profiles: Ep. 17: Jesse Garza

Panther Profiles: Ep. 17: Jesse Garza

Aidan Cusack and Patrick Schmitz February 28, 2024

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7EH0sgxyHXuqMozhNfskLr?si=LITPlgcOSJSFpClrl_sFzQ Aidan and Patrick sit down with redshirt junior linebacker Jesse Garza. Garza talks about his life in California, as...

Sharna Wilkerson smiles at her husband Chris Wilkerson during an interview in O’Brien Stadium.

The Wilkerson love story: Chris and Sharna

Patrick Schmitz, Sports Reporter February 14, 2024

Love can stem from anywhere, even on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.  That's where Eastern’s head football coach Chris Wilkerson met his wife Sharna Wilkerson.  The Wilkersons were...

Panther Profiles: Ep. 15: Peyton Wilkerson

Panther Profiles: Ep. 15: Peyton Wilkerson

Aidan Cusack and Patrick Schmitz February 14, 2024

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2t3Bjms8iDRHLydmnQ2f6T?si=2Zcen_DaRJe7yH-Ask3YqQ Aidan and Patrick talk to redshirt freshman defensive lineman and son of football head coach Chris Wilkerson, Peyton...

Redshirt junior Julian Patino kicking an extra point against Illinois State University. Patino joined the team after Easterns game against Indiana State two weeks earlier.

Student athlete & coach: Julian Patino

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor February 13, 2024

For most people, playing a sport and going to college is a lot of work, but in the fall, redshirt sophomore kicker Julian Patino kicked for the football team, went to school and coached the men’s soccer...

Daily Eastern News “Staff Picks”

STAFF PICKS: Who’s winning Super Bowl 2024?

Sports Staff February 7, 2024

The Sports Staff shared what team they think will win the Super Bowl: the San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Chiefs.    Zaria Flippin (Head Sports Editor): San Francisco 49ers I believe...

Eastern football team celebrates after getting a interception against UT Martin at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon.

EIU football excited for 2024 season changes

Patrick Schmitz, Sports Reporter January 27, 2024

There is still a whole semester before college football starts again. However, with the release of next season’s schedule, the players had some thoughts before the 2024 season starts. Next season, Eastern...

Safety NiJhay Burt (34), intercepts the ball for a 67 yard return touchdown. The Panthers won 27-0 against the Sycamores Thursday night.

COLUMN: How does bad weather affect football players?

Payton Liggins, Sports Reporter January 26, 2024

As the NFL season is almost coming to an end, can we address the elephant in the room?  No matter what the temperature is outside, these games are going to be played regardless.  According to PBS.org,...

Panther Profiles: Ep. 11: Nic DiSanto

Panther Profiles: Ep. 11: Nic DiSanto

Aidan Cusack and Patrick Schmitz January 17, 2024

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2Eh05s5jadITl6Du8MdtDi?si=zbpRDJxiRYmRv4gnV_kdfg Aidan and Patrick talk to freshman offensive lineman Nic DiSanto. DiSanto talks about his high school experience,...

Fifth year running back Juwon Farri runs the ball into McNeese St cowboys defenders at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon.

Panthers’ running back Farri declares for NFL Draft

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor January 15, 2024

Running back Juwon Farri announced on Instagram Monday morning that he will declare for the 2024 NFL Draft. “I am very confident with my skill set so far, I approach this opportunity...

Russell Dandy, a fifth year senior defensive back lines up against UT Martin wide receiver at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon.

Dandy named Walter Camp All-American

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor December 31, 2023

Defensive back Russell Dandy was named a Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-American on Dec. 29. Dandy is the 10th Panther to be named part of the Walter Camp All-American team. The fifth...

Panther Profiles: Ep. 8: Chris Wilkerson (Holiday Special)

Panther Profiles: Ep. 8: Chris Wilkerson (Holiday Special)

Aidan Cusack and Patrick Schmitz December 25, 2023

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0Jv66UVRQHjQXUkCeGazon?si=TL9U8TrgTRWsMCn3twq4Jw Get some hot chocolate and enjoy the holiday special of the Panther Profile podcast with Eastern football’s Head Coach...

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