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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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Eastern Head Football Coach Chris Wilkerson encourages Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback Jonah OBrien after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter of the season opener against Northern Illinois University at Huskies Stadium Thursday night. The Panthers lost 34-27 against the Huskies.

Meet the Coaches: Chris Wilkerson

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter October 30, 2023

In the winter of 1990, defensive tackle from Lawerence North High School in Indianapolis, Chris Wilkerson, came on his visit to Eastern Illinois University. Falling in love with the school and the...

Eastern Head Football Coach Chris Wilkerson encourages Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback Jonah OBrien after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter of the season opener against Northern Illinois University at Huskies Stadium Thursday night. The Panthers lost 34-27 against the Huskies.

Football team to play No. 11 UT-Chattanooga in home opener

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor September 9, 2022

The Wilkerson era is coming to Charleston as the Eastern football team will have its home opener against No. 11 UT-Chattanooga on Saturday at 6 p.m.  The Panthers are coming off their season opener...

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...

Spoo headlines additions to Hall of Fame class

Bob Reynolds, Sports Editor September 16, 2015

Eastern will add five new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame Class at halftime of the Panther football teams’ home-opener against Illinois State on Saturday. Headlining the 2015 class will be...

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