Eastern Illinois Panthers football

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Eastern Illinois Panthers football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2021 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team
Eastern Illinois Panthers wordmark.svg
First season1899
Athletic directorTom Michael
Head coach Chris Wilkerson
1st season, 0–0 (–)
Stadium O'Brien Field
(capacity: 10,000
Record: 12,600)
Year built1970
Field surfaceArtificial Turf
Location Charleston, Illinois
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
Past conferences IIAC (1912–1969)
AMCU (1978–1984)
GCAC/GFC (1985–1995)
All-time record55955142 (.503)
Bowl record01 (.000)
Playoff appearances2 (Div. II)
1978, 1980
16 (Div. I FCS)
1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015
Playoff record5–1 (Div. II)
4–16 (Div. I FCS)
Claimed national 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
Rivalries Illinois State (rivalry)
ColorsBlue and gray [1]
   
Fight songEastern State March
MascotBilly the Panther
Marching bandPanther Marching Band
Outfitter Adidas
Website eiupanthers.com

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 is a member 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 Field, which is named after former head coach Maynard O'Brien.

Contents

History

The inaugural football team took the field only three weeks after the first students arrived on campus in 1899. [2]

Affiliations

Classifications

Conference memberships

Championships

National championships

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.

YearSelectorCoachRecordOpponentScore
1978 Division II Darrell Mudra 12–2 Delaware 10–9

Conference championships

SeasonConferenceCoachOverall RecordConference Record
1912 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Charles Lantz 6–14–0
1913Charles Lantz6–25–1
1914Charles Lantz8–0–15–0–1
1928Charles Lantz7–15–1
1948 Maynard O'Brien 7–34–0
1980 Association of Mid-Continent Universities Darrell Mudra 11–34–0
1981Darrell Mudra6–52–1
1982Darrell Mudra11–1–12–0–1
1983 Al Molde 9–33–0
1984Al Molde6–52–1
1986 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference Al Molde11–25–1
1995† Gateway Football Conference Bob Spoo 10–25–1
2001 Ohio Valley Conference Bob Spoo9–26–0
2002†Bob Spoo8–45–1
2005Bob Spoo9–38–0
2006 Mark Hutson 8–57–1
2009Bob Spoo8–46–2
2012 Dino Babers 7–56–1
2013Dino Babers12–28–0

† Co-champion

Playoff appearances

NCAA Division I-AA/FCS playoffs

YearFirst Round Home Team First Round Away Team Second Round HomeSecond Round Away Quarterfinal HomeQuarterfinal Away
1982 OT Eastern Illinois16 Jackson State 13 Tennessee State 20Eastern Illinois19
1983 2OT Indiana State 16Eastern Illinois13
1986 Eastern Illinois28 Murray State 21Eastern Illinois22 Eastern Kentucky 24
1989 Idaho 21Eastern Illinois38 Montana 25Eastern Illinois19
1995 Stephen F. Austin 34Eastern Illinois29
1996 Northern Iowa 21Eastern Illinois14
2000 Montana45Eastern Illinois13
2001 Eastern Illinois43Northern Iowa49
2002 Western Illinois 48Eastern Illinois9
2005 Eastern Illinois6 Southern Illinois 21
2006 Eastern Illinois13 Illinois State 24
2007 Southern Illinois 30Eastern Illinois11
2009 Southern Illinois 48Eastern Illinois7
2012 South Dakota State 58 Eastern Illinois 10
2013 ByeBye Eastern Illinois 51 Tennessee State 10Eastern Illinois39 Towson 49
2015 Northern Iowa 53 Eastern Illinois 17

NCAA Division II playoffs

The Panthers made two appearances in the Division II playoffs, with a combined record of 5-1.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1978 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship
UC Davis
Youngstown State
Delaware
W, 35–31
W, 26–22
W, 10–9
1980 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship
Northern Colorado
North Alabama
Cal Poly
W, 21–14
W, 56–31
L, 13–21

Bowl games

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

SeasonCoachBowlOpponentResult
1948 Maynard O'Brien Corn Bowl Illinois Wesleyan L 0–6

All-time record vs. current OVC teams

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current OVC opponents as of the completion of the 2021 season. [4]

OpponentWonLostPct.First meeting
Lindenwood 002022
Murray State 1919.5001946
Southeast Missouri State 1811.6211956
UT Martin 1512.5561995
Tennessee State 1510.6001982
Tennessee Tech 217.7501975
Totals8859.5995 opponents

Rivalries

Illinois State

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. For 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. [5] The two teams have played 109 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 58–42–9 advantage in the all-time series as of the end of the 2021 game.

Head coaches

No.YearsName
11899–1901 Otis Caldwell
21902 Thornton Smallwood
31903 Thomas Briggs
41904–1909 Joseph Brown
51910 Harold Railsback
61911–1934, 44 Charles Lantz
71935 Winfield Angus
81936–1937, 39–41 Gilbert Carson
91938 Harold Ave
101942 Clayton Miller
111945 James Goff
121946–1950, 52–55 Maynard O'Brien
131951 Rex Darling
141956 Keith Smith
151957–1964 Ralph Kohl
161965–1971 Clyde Biggers
171972–1974 Jack Dean
181975–1977 John Konstantinos
191978–1982 Darrell Mudra
201983–1986 Al Molde
211987–2005, 07–11 Bob Spoo
222006 Mark Hutson#
232012–2013 Dino Babers
242014–2018 Kim Dameron
252019–2021 Adam Cushing
262022–present Chris Wilkerson

# Interim head coach

Individual accomplishments

1st Team All Americans

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

PlayerYearOrganization
Nate Anderson1972AFCA
Ted Petersen 1976AP
James Warring1978AP, AFCA
Pete Catan 1979, 1980AP, AFCA
Poke Cobb1979AP, AFCA
Kevin Gray1981AFCA
Robert Williams1982, 1983AP, AFCA
Bob Norris1982AP
Chris Nicholson1983AP
Jerry Wright1984AFCA
Roy Banks1986AP, AFCA
John Jurkovic 1988, 1989AP, AFCA, SN
Tim Lance1990AP, SN, WC
Dan Dee1992WC, SN
Tim Carver1995FBG
Willie High1995FBG
J.R. Taylor2002AP, FBG, SN, WC
Nick Ricks2002AP, FBG, SN
Kevin Hill2002FBG, SN, WC
Tony Romo 2002AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Clint Sellers2005AFCA, FBG
Tristan Burge2006AFCA
Erik Lora [7] 2012, 2013AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Jimmy Garoppolo 2013AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Collin Seibert [8] 2013, 2014AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Dino Fanti [9] 2015AFCA

Award winners

  • Walter Payton Award
    Tony Romo - 2002
    Jimmy Garoppolo - 2013
  • Walter Payton Award finalists
    Tim Lance - 1990...3rd
    Willie High - 1994...15th
    Tony Romo - 2000...11th
    Tony Romo - 2001...10th
    Jimmy Garoppolo - 2012...10th
    Erik Lora - 2012...4th
    Erik Lora - 2013...7th
    Alexander Hollins - 2018...21st

College Football Hall of Fame members

Eastern Illinois has two inductees in the College Football Hall of Fame as of 2021.

NamePositionYearsInductedRef.
Darrell Mudra Coach1978–19822000 [10]
Tony Romo QB 1999–20022021 [11]

Retired numbers

No.PlayerPositionCareerDate of RetirementRef.
17 Tony Romo QB 1999–2002October 17, 2009 [12]
18 Sean Payton QB1983–1986September 11, 2010 [13]

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of December 18, 2021. [14]

20222023202420252026
at Northern Illinois at Indiana State vs Indiana State at Indiana State vs Indiana State
vs Chattanooga vs Illinois State at Illinois State vs Dayton at Minnesota
at Illinois State at Bowling Green at Illinois
vs Northwestern State
at McNeese State

Notable former players

Notable alumni include the following.

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The 2000 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team represented Eastern Illinois University as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) during the 2000 NCAA Division I-AA football season. Led by 14th-year head coach Bob Spoo, the Panthers compiled an overall record of 8–4, finishing second in OVC with a conference mark of 6–1. Eastern Illinois was invited to the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Montana. The Bobcats were ranked 17th in the final Sports Network poll. Their starting quarterback, Tony Romo, went on to play 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

The 2001 Eastern Illinois Panthers represented Eastern Illinois University as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) during the 2001 NCAA Division I-AA football season. Led by 15th-year head coach Bob Spoo, the Panthers compiled an overall record of 9–2, winning the OVC title with a conference mark of 6–1. Eastern Illinois was invited to the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Northern Iowa. The Bobcats were ranked ninth in the final Sports Network poll.

2021 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team American college football season

The 2021 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team represented Eastern Illinois University during the 2021 NCAA Division I FCS football season as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). They were led by third-year head coach Adam Cushing and played their games at O'Brien Field in Charleston, Illinois.

The 2005 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team represented Eastern Illinois University as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) during the 2005 NCAA Division I-AA football season. Led by 19th-year head coach Bob Spoo, the Panthers compiled an overall record of 9–3 with a mark of 8–0 in conference play, winning the OVC title. Eastern Illinois was invited to the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship playoffs, where they lost Southern Illinois in the first round.

The 2006 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team represented Eastern Illinois University as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) during the 2006 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The team was led by interim head coach Mark Hutson, as head coach Bob Spoo was unable to coach for medical reasons, and played their home games at O'Brien Field in Charleston, Illinois. The Panthers finished the season with an 8–5 record overall and a 7–1 mark in conference play, sharing the OVC title with Tennessee–Martin. The team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs, where they lost to Illinois State in the first round. Eastern Illinois was ranked No. 15 in The Sports Network's postseason ranking of NCAA Division I FCS teams.

The 2007 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team represented Eastern Illinois University as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) during the 2007 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The team was led by 20th-year head coach Bob Spoo and played their home games at O'Brien Field in Charleston, Illinois. The Panthers finished the season with an 8–4 record overall and a 7–1 record in conference play. The team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs, where they lost to Southern Illinois in the first round. Eastern Illinois was ranked No. 18 in The Sports Network's postseason ranking of NCAA Division I FCS teams.

The 2009 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team represented Eastern Illinois University as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) during the 2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The team was led by 22nd-year head coach Bob Spoo and played their home games at O'Brien Field in Charleston, Illinois. The Panthers finished the season with an 8–4 record overall and a 6–2 record in conference play, making them conference champions. The team received an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs, where they lost to Southern Illinois in the first round. Eastern Illinois was ranked No. 19 in The Sports Network's postseason ranking of NCAA Division I FCS teams.

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