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Eastern Illinois Panthers football

The Eastern Illinois Panthers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Eastern Illinois University located in the U.S. state of Illinois. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1899. The team plays its home games at the 10,000 seat O'Brien Stadium.

Eastern Illinois Panthers football
2018 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team
Eastern Illinois Panthers wordmark.svg
First season1899
Athletic directorTom Michael
Head coachAdam Cushing
1st season, 0–0 (–)
Other staffJohn Kuceyeski (OC)
Chris Bowers (DC)
StadiumO'Brien Stadium
(Capacity: 10,000
Record: 12,600)
Year built1970
Field surfaceArtificial Turf
LocationCharleston, Illinois
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
Past conferencesIIAC (1912–1969)
AMCU (1978–1984)
GCAC (1985–1991)
GFC (1992–1995)
All-time record557–535–42 (.510)
Bowl record0–1 (.000)
Playoff appearances16 (Div. I FCS)
1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015
2 (Div. II)
1978, 1980
Playoff record4–16 (Div. I FCS)
5–1 (Div. II)
Claimed nat'l titles1 – (Div. II): 1978
Conference titles19
1912, 1913, 1914, 1928, 1948, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013
RivalriesIllinois State (rivalry)
ColorsBlue and Gray[1]
         
Fight songEastern State March
MascotBilly the Panther
Marching bandPanther Marching Band
OutfitterAdidas
Websiteeiupanthers.com

Contents

HistoryEdit

AffiliationsEdit

ClassificationsEdit

Conference membershipsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

National championshipsEdit

Eastern Illinois has won one national championship, doing so in 1978. They also made an appearance in the Division II National Championship Game in 1980, losing 13–21 to Cal Poly.

Year Selector Coach Record Opponent Score
1978 Division II Darrell Mudra 12–2 Delaware 10–9

Conference championshipsEdit

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1912 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Charles Lantz 6–1 4–0
1913 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Charles Lantz 6–2 5–1
1914 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Charles Lantz 8–0–1 5–0–1
1928 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Charles Lantz 7–1 5–1
1948 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Maynard O'Brien 7–3 4–0
1980 Association of Mid-Continent Universities football Darrell Mudra 11–3 4–0
1981 Association of Mid-Continent Universities Darrell Mudra 6–5 2–1
1982 Association of Mid-Continent Universities Darrell Mudra 11–1–1 2–0–1
1983 Association of Mid-Continent Universities Al Molde 9–3 3–0
1984 Association of Mid-Continent Universities Al Molde 6–5 2–1
1986 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference Al Molde 11–2 5–1
1995† Gateway Football Conference Bob Spoo 10–2 5–1
2001 Ohio Valley Conference Bob Spoo 9–2 6–0
2002† Ohio Valley Conference Bob Spoo 8–4 5–1
2005 Ohio Valley Conference Bob Spoo 9–3 8–0
2006 Ohio Valley Conference Mark Hutson 8–5 7–1
2009 Ohio Valley Conference Bob Spoo 8–4 6–2
2012 Ohio Valley Conference Dino Babers 7–5 6–1
2013 Ohio Valley Conference Dino Babers 12–2 8–0

† Co-champion

Playoffs and BowlsEdit

I-AA/FCS PlayoffsEdit

Year First Round Home Team First Round Away Team Quarterfinal Home Quarterfinal Away
1982 OT Eastern Illinois 16 Jackson Tigers 13 Tennessee State 20 Eastern Illinois 19
1983 2OT Indiana State 16 Eastern Illinois 13
1986 Eastern Illinois 28 Murray State 21 Eastern Illinois 22 Eastern Kentucky 24
1989 Idaho 21 Eastern Illinois 38 Montana 25 Eastern Illinois 19
1995 Stephen F. Austin 34 Eastern Illinois 29
1996 Northern Iowa 21 Eastern Illinois 14
2000 Montana 45 Eastern Illinois 13
2001 Eastern Illinois 43 Northern Iowa 49
2002 Western Illinois 48 Eastern Illinois 9
2005 Eastern Illinois 6 Southern Illinois 21
2006 Eastern Illinois 13 Illinois State 24
2007 Southern Illinois 30 Eastern Illinois 11
2009 Southern Illinois 48 Eastern Illinois 7
2012 South Dakota State 58 Eastern Illinois 10
2013 Eastern Illinois 51 Tennessee State 10 Eastern Illinois 39 Towson 49
2015 Northern Iowa 53 Eastern Illinois 17

BowlsEdit

Eastern Illinois has participated in one bowl game, going 0–1.

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1948 Maynard O'Brien Corn Bowl Illinois Wesleyan L 0–6

All-time record vs. current OVC teamsEdit

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current OVC opponents as of the completion of the 2017 season.[3]

Opponent Won Lost Pct. First meeting
Austin Peay 14 4 .778 1958
Eastern Kentucky 12 13 .480 1947
Jacksonville State 6 9 .400 2003
Murray State 19 14 .576 1946
Southeast Missouri State 18 7 .720 1956
UT Martin 14 9 .609 1995
Tennessee State 15 7 .682 1982
Tennessee Tech 18 6 .750 1975
Totals 116 69 .627 8 opponents

RivalriesEdit

Illinois StateEdit

The Mid-America Classic is the rivalry game between Illinois State and Eastern Illinois. The rivalry began in 1901 and is the oldest in the state of Illinois. With the 100th game in the series, representatives from both schools met and developed the Mid-America Classic renaming for the rivalry. The two schools also collaborated on a traveling trophy, which holds plaques with the results of the previous 100 games in the series and has room for results of future games in the series.[4] The two teams have played 107 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 56–42–9 advantage in the all-time series as of the end of the 2018 season.

Individual accomplishmentsEdit

1st Team All AmericansEdit

Selectors: AP-Associated Press, AFCA-American Football Coaches Association, FBG-FB Gazette, SN-Sports Network, WC-Walter Camp Football Foundation[5][6][page needed]

Player Year Organization
Nate Anderson 1972 AFCA
Ted Petersen 1976 AP
James Warring 1978 AP, AFCA
Pete Catan 1979, 1980 AP, AFCA
Poke Cobb 1979 AP, AFCA
Kevin Gray 1981 AFCA
Robert Williams 1982, 1983 AP, AFCA
Bob Norris 1982 AP
Chris Nicholson 1983 AP
Jerry Wright 1984 AFCA
Roy Banks 1986 AP, AFCA
John Jurkovic 1988, 1989 AP, AFCA, SN
Tim Lance 1990 AP, SN, WC
Dan Dee 1992 WC, SN
Tim Carver 1995 FBG
Willie High 1995 FBG
J.R. Taylor 2002 AP, FBG, SN, WC
Nick Ricks 2002 AP, FBG, SN
Kevin Hill 2002 FBG, SN, WC
Tony Romo 2002 AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Clint Sellers 2005 AFCA, FBG
Tristan Burge 2006 AFCA
Erik Lora[7] 2012, 2013 AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Jimmy Garoppolo 2013 AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Collin Seibert[8] 2013, 2014 AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Dino Fanti[9] 2015 AFCA

Award winnersEdit

OverallEdit

College Football Hall of Fame membersEdit

Eastern Illinois has one inductee in the College Football Hall of Fame.[10]

Name Position Years Inducted
Darrell Mudra Coach 1978–1982 2000

Retired NumbersEdit

No. Player Position Career Date of Retirement Ref.
17 Tony Romo Quarterback 1999–2002 October 17, 2009 [11]
18 Sean Payton Quarterback 1983–1986 September 11, 2010 [12]

Future non-conference opponentsEdit

Announced schedules as of April 18, 2019.[13]

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
at Chattanooga vs Indiana State vs Illinois State at Northern Illinois at Indiana State vs Indiana State at Indiana State vs Indiana State
at Indiana at Illinois State at Mississippi State at Chattanooga at Illinois State at Illinois
vs. Illinois State at Kentucky
at Indiana State

Notable former playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eastern Illinois University Panthers - Media Relations". October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "2017 NCAA FCS Records" (PDF).
  3. ^ "2018 EIU Football Media Guide page 57-60, 62" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2012-09-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Division I EIU All Anericans" (PDF).
  6. ^ "EIU All Anericans".
  7. ^ "Five OVC Players Named to College Sporting News FCS Fabulous Fifty All-American Team".
  8. ^ "Seibert, Drake named AP All-Americans".
  9. ^ "JSU's Dunn, EIU's Fanti Named to AFCA FCS All-American Team".
  10. ^ "Hall of Fame Darrell Mudra".
  11. ^ "EIU Retired Numbers".
  12. ^ "Sean Payton Jersey Retirement".
  13. ^ "Eastern Illinois Panthers Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved April 18, 2019.

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