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

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

The Daily Eastern News

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...

Staff profile for Luther.

COLUMN: Being a college head coach is harder than being an NFL/NBA head coach

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor January 18, 2024

According to, 1,635 football players have entered the transfer portal since it opened after this past season. According to, there are around 858 colleges that have a football...

Zay Gentry, a junior defensive back (27), Runs the football back during kickoff return during Eastern Illinois University  Homecoming football game Saturday afternoon.

The student side of student athlete

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter January 17, 2024

The student portion of student athletes tends to be left aside by fans as college sports become more and more of a spectacle.  The reasoning behind this is valid. Our brains are not wired to think...

Sophomore wide receiver Justin Bowick Jr. attempts for a catch but is interrupted by Illinois State Universitys Paul Omodia, a freshman defensive back during the Mid-America Classic game against the Redbirds at OBrien Field Saturday. The Panthers won 14-13.

How much Eastern makes from guarantee games

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor January 9, 2024

Eastern’s athletics department made $715,000 in the fall semester of 2023 from football and basketball games.   The football team received $350,000 for playing Bowling Green State University....

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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