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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 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...

Jacob Ivey Jr., who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, catches a pass in the Panthers’ first spring practice of 2018. Coach Kim Dameron said the first practice was a good starting point that the Panthers can build off of throughout the rest of spring and into the season.

Quarterback battle to be key in Spring

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor March 20, 2018

Playing time at every position on the Eastern football team, quarterback through line, will be up for grabs and battled for according to head coach Kim Dameron during Spring football,  which began Tuesday...

Stevens out as Eastern football offensive coordinator

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor November 28, 2017

After spending four years as the offensive coordinator of the Eastern football team under head coach Kim Dameron, Greg Stevens was relieved of his coaching duties Tuesday afternoon, Eastern sports information...

Horne not worried about potential final game

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor November 16, 2017

The playoffs may not be in sight for the Eastern football team, but going out on a winning note in the final game of the season very much is. When Eastern plays at Austin Peay Saturday, that will mark...

Football team with senior day Saturday

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor November 2, 2017

The Eastern football team will honor its 21 seniors Saturday for senior day prior to the Panthers’ game with Eastern Kentucky. This season has not gone in the direction the Panthers could have hoped...

Junior running back Isaiah Johnson takes a handoff to the left side in the Panthers’ 24-23 win over Tennessee Tech Oct. 7 at O’Brien Field. Eastern is on the road this week at Tennessee-Martin.

“Playoffs” begin Saturday for Eastern

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor October 26, 2017

The Panthers are in the same position as last year— starting the “playoffs” four weeks early, with three games left on their schedule. Eastern’s “first round game” is against Tennessee-Martin...

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