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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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Safety Blake Ruffin (4) throws up his hand in excitement after successfully tackling a Sycamore player. The Panthers won 27-0 against the Sycamores Thursday night.

Ruffin named FCS All-American

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor December 13, 2023

Redshirt sophomore Blake Ruffin has been named a Football Championship Subdivision All-American by the Associated Press. The safety from Louisville, KY got named on the second team All-American list. Ruffin...

Panther Profiles Podcast: Ep. 5: Blake Ruffin

Panther Profiles Podcast: Ep. 5: Blake Ruffin

Aidan Cusack and Patrick Schmitz December 6, 2023

https://open.spotify.com/episode/501i06goaAazvzgQM8wEDs?si=k3bjcNDJSX2WN4Rxor76Jw Redshirt sophomore safety Blake Ruffin talks about his high school days in Louisville, KY, his background in baseball,...

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

EIU Football ends regular season with best record since 2013

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 18, 2023

It has been six years since the Panthers had a winning season, and it has been an additional four years since the team won at least eight games in the regular season. Eastern won their last game of the...

Eastern Football Team runs out of their tunnel against Bryant University Bulldogs at O‘Brien Field saturday afternoon.

Eastern prepares for last home game of season against TSU Tigers

Zaria Flippin and Duane Carter November 9, 2023

With a 16-10 win over the Lindenwood Lions, Eastern looks to keep that momentum going when they face off against Tennessee State University at O’Brien Stadium Saturday with a 12 p.m. kickoff. Panthers’...

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

Six Panthers that helped secure sixth win of first winning season in 2017

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 4, 2023

Eastern has obtained their first winning season in six years after they defeated the Lindenwood Lions 16-10 Saturday afternoon. After three straight games that went down to the crucial plays in the fourth...

Junior linebacker Elijawah Tolbert (1), looks around the field after the last play of the game at Lantz Arena Saturday afternoon, Oct 7, 2023, on Eastern Illinois University Campus in Charleston, Ill

Thrilling overtime ends in ‘heartbreaking loss’ for Eastern football

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor October 7, 2023

“That was a heartbreaking loss,” Eastern’s redshirt junior quarterback Pierce Holley said. In an eight-play drive, senior kicker Stone Galloway missed a 40-yard field goal attempt as the end of...

Safety Blake Ruffin (4) tackles Sycamore quarterback Gavin Screws at their game vs. Indiana State Thursday night. The Panthers won 27-0 against the Sycamores.

Panthers of the Week: Blake Ruffin, Mackenzie Aldridge

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor October 1, 2023

The male Panther of the Week is going to Blake Ruffin from the football team. The redshirt sophomore safety from Louisville, KY provided a game clinching interception to help the Panthers beat the Northwestern...

Redshirt sophomore Blake Ruffin (left) and graduate wide receiver Justin Thomas (right) pose at practice on Sunday afternoon at O’Brien Field.

A tale of two 4s

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor September 18, 2023

Graduate wide receiver Justin Thomas and redshirt sophomore safety Blake Ruffin wear the jersey number four on the field. On both sides of the ball, Thomas and Ruffin made crucial plays with less than...

Members of the football team hoist the Mid-America Classic trophy to the student section after defeating the Illinois State University Redbirds 14-13 at OBrien Field Saturday.

Panthers win Mid-American Classic at home opener

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor September 16, 2023

Eastern Illinois won the 111th Mid-American Classic at O’Brien Field on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers won the game against the 25th-ranked Illinois State Redbirds 14-13. In addition to gaining...

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