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Team: Eastern Illinois Panthers Football
League: Division I FCS Ohio Valley Conference
Home Games: O'Brien Field
Head Coach: Adam Cushing
Championships: 7 conference championships in the Ohio Valley Conference
All-Time Greats: Dino Fanti, Collin Seibert, Jimmy Garoppolo, Erik Lora, Tony Romo, John Jurkovic
Eastern Illinois Panthers Football TicketsThe Eastern Illinois University's Panthers football team competes in NCAA Division I and is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Panthers debuted their football team in 1899 and play their home games at O'Brien Field, named after the university's famous Maynard O'Brien who coached the Panthers between 1946 and 1955. Both Tony Romo and Sean Payton went to Eastern Illinois University and played for the Panthers before joining the NFL. In their honor, the Panthers retired each player’s jersey number. The blue and gray Panthers' biggest rivalry is Illinois State University. Each year, the rival teams compete against each other in the Mid-America Classic. The century-old rivalry is the oldest in the state. The game is highly attended, and the winner takes home the traveling trophy, which features plaques with all previous winners listed. In addition to All-American teams and NFL draftees, the college team also had a head coach, Darrell Mudra, inducted into the College Hall of Fame. Get tickets to Eastern Illinois Panthers football games at O'Brien field at StubHub.
What are the top games for the Eastern Illinois Panthers football team this year?Eastern Illinois Panthers football games are always exciting and fun to attend. But, no game is as fun to attend as the Mid-Western Classic against long-time rival Illinois State University. The rivalry game attracts thousands of fans from all over the state and beyond. Most fans turn the game into an all-day or even all-weekend event. Fans camp out in the parking lot, tailgate for hours before kickoff and party well into the night after the clock has run down.
Have the Eastern Illinois Panthers football team ever won a national title?Yes, the Eastern Illinois Panthers' football team has won a national championship. The team scored a championship win in 1978. Two years later, in 1980, the team made another appearance in the championship game but lost to Cal Poly.
How is the tailgating scene at Eastern Illinois Panthers' football games?Tailgating is a huge event during the Panthers' football season. Tailgating squares in Tent City must be purchased before the event and usually sell out extremely fast. Tent City also features a number of vendors selling food, beverages and memorabilia. Attendees of the game are welcome to walk through Tent City, meet new friends, connect with other alumni and enjoy the camaraderie that comes along with college football.
Who is the head coach of the Panthers football team?For the 2019 football season, the Panthers are getting a brand-new head coach, Adam Cushing.
What was the Eastern Illinois Panthers football's record?The Panthers have an all-time record of 557–535–42 (.510). This record includes appearances in regular season games, play-offs and bowl games. From the 1990s to the early 2010s, the Panthers have had very successful seasons. With a new coach for the 2019 football season, the Panthers hope to continue a long succession of winning.
What is the Eastern Illinois Panthers' Football schedule?The Eastern Illinois Panther's football schedule starts on the last Saturday in August or first Saturday in September depending on the year. College football games are played every Saturday in the afternoon. If the Panthers do well in their regular season games, their games may be moved from the afternoon to prime time. Bowl games and the Mid-West Classic are usually played on holidays, New Years and Sundays.
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