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

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Eli Mirza, a junior wide receiver, attempts to run the football pass McNeese St cowboys defenders at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon.

Bye week gives Eastern a chance to recover before playing Lindenwood

Duane Carter, Sports Reporter November 1, 2023

After coming off a bye week, Eastern looks to go on the road and get a win as they prepared to compete against Lindenwood University this Saturday at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium. Head Coach Chris Wilkerson...

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...

Senior kicker Stone Galloway kicks a 56 yard field goal to put the panthers ahead of Mcneese St cowboys with 20 seconds left at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon. The panthers won 31-28.

The Panthers’ secret weapon

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter October 24, 2023

The definition of a secret weapon, according to the Cambridge Dictionary is “something or someone that no one knows about and that will give you an advantage over your competitors or enemies.” When...

Quarterback James Cooper Jr. gets tackled by defensive lineman Nicholas Oliveira-Chace on a rush attempt Saturday afternoon on the OBrien Field.

‘It’s just the start,’ Wilkerson says after 2023 Spring Game

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor April 22, 2023

The defensive side of the ball took charge in the Eastern football team’s annual spring game Saturday afternoon at O'Brien Field. EIU’s defense won in the annual scrimmage as they were able to make...

The Eastern football team stretches during practice on OBrien Field Thursday evening.

‘I know we’re a better football team than we were at this point in time last year,’ Wilkerson says ahead of annual Spring Game

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor April 21, 2023

​After a series of weekly practices, Eastern’s football team will be having an open scrimmage on Sat., April 22, at 11 a.m. where they will showcase the fundamentals and things they worked on throughout...

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jonah OBrien throws the ball during a practice drill Monday afternoon at OBrien Field.

Wilkerson era to begin Thursday against NIU

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor August 31, 2022

The Coach Wilkerson era for the Eastern football team will officially begin this Thursday as the Panthers will travel to DeKalb, Illinois to take on the defending Mid-American Conference Champions, Northern...

Column: Reflecting on my year covering Eastern sports

Adam Tumino, Sports Desk March 25, 2020

The 2019-2020 academic year may have ended abruptly, before many spring sports even got off the ground, but in the first seven months of that time I had some of the best experiences of my time in student...

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Adam Cushing is the new head coach of the Eastern football team, and the team has its first game Aug. 29 at Chattanooga.

Eastern football enters new season, new era

JJ Bullock, Editor-in-Chief August 14, 2019

New head coach A new era of Eastern football is here. After an uninspiring 3-8 finish to the football season last year, Eastern decided it was time to move on from head coach Kim Dameron and ultimately...

Eastern wants to keep momentum going

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor October 25, 2018

The Eastern football team and its Saturday opponent Eastern Kentucky are trending in very different directions this season. Where Eastern is a pass-first team that has struggled to run the ball this...

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Eastern tight end Jonathan McCoy gets a hit laid on him in a practice last spring at O’Brien Field. Eastern opens up its season Saturday against Arkansas.

Football team knows what to expect against Arkansas

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor August 29, 2018

The players and coaches of the Eastern football team are not being naïve or vanilla about the team’s upcoming game against Arkansas.  Everyone in the program knows what they are walking into on...

Easterns new quarterback Johnathan Brantley throws a pass in spring football on April 4th at OBrien Field. Brantley is a transfer from Tulane and one of four quarterbacks in camp for Eastern.

Brantley more than just a runner

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor April 12, 2018

Forget what the statistics say. Disregard what his coaches at Tulane wanted him to be, Johnathan Brantley is a pass-first quarterback and he and his new coaches at Eastern believe in full of his ability...

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