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Eastern Illinois Panthers football
2018 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team
Eastern Illinois Panthers wordmark.svg
First season 1899
Athletic director Tom Michael
Head coach Kim Dameron
5th season, 24–22 (.522)
Other staff Scott Parr (OC)
Cary Fowler (DC)
Stadium O'Brien Stadium
(Capacity: 10,000
Record: 12,600)
Year built 1970
Field surface Artificial Turf
Location Charleston, Illinois
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
Past conferences GFC (1992–1995)
GCAC (1985–1991)
AMCU (1978–1984)
IIAC (1912–1969)
All-time record 554–527–42 (.512)
Bowl record 0–1 (.000)
Playoff appearances 16 (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 record 4–16 (Div. I FCS)
5–1 (Div. II)
Claimed nat'l titles 1 – (Div. II): 1978
Conference titles 19
1912, 1913, 1914, 1928, 1948, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013
Rivalries Illinois State Redbirds (Mid-America Classic)
Western Illinois Leathernecks
Indiana State Sycamores
Consensus All-Americans 5
Tony Romo (2002)
Erik Lora (2012,2013)
Jimmy Garoppolo (2013)
Collin Seibert (2014)
Colors Blue and Gray[1]
         
Fight song Eastern State March
Mascot Billy the Panther
Marching band Panther Marching Band
Outfitter Adidas
Website eiupanthers.com

The Eastern Illinois Panthers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the 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.

History[edit]

Classifications[edit]

Classifications
Year Division
1960–1972: NCAA College Division (Small College)
1973–1980: NCAA Division II
1981–present: NCAA Division I Football Championship (Formerly Division I-AA)

Conference memberships[edit]

Conference Memberships
Year Conference
1899–1911: Independent
1912–1949: Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1950–1969: Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1970–1972: NCAA College Division Independent
1973–1977: NCAA Division II Independent
1978–1984: Association of Mid-Continent Universities
1985–1991: Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference
1992–1995: Gateway Football Conference
1996–present: Ohio Valley Conference

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

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 championships[edit]

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 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

† denotes co-champion

Playoffs and Bowls[edit]

I-AA/FCS Playoffs[edit]

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

Bowls[edit]

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

Season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Record Conference Record Conference Standing
1899[2] Otis Caldwell 0–2 N/A Independent N/A
1900 Otis Caldwell 3–3 N/A Independent N/A
1901 Otis Caldwell 6–0–3 N/A Independent N/A
1902 Thornton Smallwood 2–4 N/A Independent N/A
1903 Thomas Briggs 4–3–2 N/A Independent N/A
1904 Joseph Brown 6–1–1 N/A Independent N/A
1905 Joseph Brown 2–5–1 N/A Independent N/A
1906 Joseph Brown 3–1–1 N/A Independent N/A
1907 Joseph Brown 3–1–3 N/A Independent N/A
1908 Joseph Brown 6–2–1 N/A Independent N/A
1909 Joseph Brown 0–3 N/A Independent N/A
1910 Harold Railsback 2–3–1 N/A Independent N/A
1911 Charles Lantz 4–2 N/A Independent N/A
Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1912–1949)
1912 Charles Lantz 6–1 4–0 IIAC 1st of 12
1913 Charles Lantz 6–2 5–1 IIAC 1st of 15
1914 Charles Lantz 8–0–1 5–0–1 IIAC 1st of 15
1915 Charles Lantz 4–3–1 3–1–1 IIAC 4th of 18
1916 Charles Lantz 4–3 4–3 IIAC 7th of 19
1917 Charles Lantz 4–1–1 4–1–1 IIAC 4th of 18
1918 No Games Played N/A N/A N/A N/A
1919 Charles Lantz 3–5–1 2–4–1 IIAC 14th of 19
1920 Charles Lantz 2–3 1–3 IIAC 14th of 21
1921 Charles Lantz 2–5–1 1–5–1 IIAC 18th of 23
1922 Charles Lantz 4–0–2 3–0–2 IIAC 3rd of 23
1923 Charles Lantz 4–2–2 3–2–2 IIAC 9th of 23
1924 Charles Lantz 6–2 5–1 IIAC 4th of 22
1925 Charles Lantz 4–3–1 3–1 IIAC 5th of 22
1926 Charles Lantz 3–5–1 2–2 IIAC 9th of 19
1927 Charles Lantz 5–2 2–1 IIAC 7th of 16
1928 Charles Lantz 7–1 5–1 IIAC 1st of 22
1929 Charles Lantz 6–1 5–1 IIAC 3rd of 23
1930 Charles Lantz 6–1–1 5–1–1 IIAC 5th of 22
1931 Charles Lantz 3–4 2–3 IIAC 14th of 22
1932 Charles Lantz 1–7 0–6 IIAC 19th of 21
1933 Charles Lantz 1–8 1–5 IIAC 17th of 21
1934 Charles Lantz 3–4 1–4 IIAC 14th of 20
1935 Winfield Angus 1–7 0–5 IIAC 18th of 20
1936 Gilbert Carson 4–4 2–4 IIAC 14th of 21
1937 Gilbert Carson 3–4–1 1–4–1 IIAC 18th of 21
1938 Harold Ave 5–3 1–3 IIAC 5th of 8
1939 Gilbert Carson 4–3–1 1–2–1 IIAC 4th of 5
1940 Gilbert Carson 6–1–1 3–0–1 IIAC 2nd of 5
1941 Gilbert Carson 0–7 0–4 IIAC 5th of 5
1942 Clayton Miller 1–6 0–4 IIAC 5th of 5
1943 No Games Played N/A N/A N/A N/A
1944 Charles Lantz 1–3 1–2 IIAC 4th of 5
1945 James Goff 2–3–2 1–1–2 IIAC 4th of 5
1946 Maynard O'Brien 2–6 1–3 IIAC 4th of 5
1947 Maynard O'Brien 2–6 2–2 IIAC 3rd of 5
1948 Maynard O'Brien 7–3 4–0 IIAC 1st of 5
1949 Maynard O'Brien 3–5 2–2 IIAC 3rd of 5
Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1950–1969)
1950 Maynard O'Brien 5–3 2–2 IIAC 3rd of 7
1951 Rex Darling 4–2–2 2–2–2 IIAC 4th of 7
1952 Maynard O'Brien 2–7 1–5 IIAC 7th of 7
1953 Maynard O'Brien 1–8 0–6 IIAC 7th of 7
1954 Maynard O'Brien 2–6–1 1–4–1 IIAC 5th of 7
1955 Maynard O'Brien 3–6 1–5 IIAC 6th of 7
1956 Keith Smith 2–7 1–4 IIAC 6th of 7
1957 Ralph Kohl 0–8 0–6 IIAC 7th of 7
1958 Ralph Kohl 2–6 1–5 IIAC 7th of 7
1959 Ralph Kohl 3–5–1 1–4–1 IIAC 5th of 7
1960 Ralph Kohl 2–7 1–5 IIAC 6th of 7
1961 Ralph Kohl 4–3–1 3–2–1 IIAC 4th of 7
1962 Ralph Kohl 1–7 0–5 IIAC 5th of 5
1963 Ralph Kohl 2–7 1–3 IIAC 4th of 5
1964 Ralph Kohl 3–6 1–3 IIAC 4th of 5
1965 Clyde Biggers 3–5 1–3 IIAC 4th of 5
1966 Clyde Biggers 1–6–1 1–1–1 IIAC 2nd of 4
1967 Clyde Biggers 2–6–1 1–2 IIAC 3rd of 4
1968 Clyde Biggers 4–5 1–2 IIAC 3rd of 4
1969 Clyde Biggers 2–7 0–3 IIAC 4th of 4
NCAA College Division Independent (1970–1972)
1970 Clyde Biggers 2–8 N/A Independent N/A
1971 Clyde Biggers 4–6 N/A Independent N/A
1972 Jack Dean 1–9 N/A Independent N/A
NCAA Division II Independent (1973–1977)
1973 Jack Dean 2–9 N/A Independent N/A
1974 Jack Dean 3–6–1 N/A Independent N/A
1975 John Konstantinos 3–5–2 N/A Independent N/A
1976 John Konstantinos 5–6 N/A Independent N/A
1977 John Konstantinos 1–10 N/A Independent N/A
Association of Mid–Continent Universities (1978–1984)
1978 Darrell Mudra 12–2 3–2 AMCU 3rd of 6
1979 Darrell Mudra 7–4 1–4 AMCU 4th of 6
1980 Darrell Mudra 11–3 4–0 AMCU 1st of 5
1981 Darrell Mudra 6–5 2–1 AMCU 1st of 4
1982 Darrell Mudra 11–1–1 2–0—1 AMCU 1st of 4
1983 Al Molde 9–3 3–0 AMCU 1st of 4
1984 Al Molde 6–5 2–1 AMCU 1st of 4
Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference (1985–1991)
1985 Al Molde 6–5 2–3 GCAC 3rd of 6
1986 Al Molde 11–2 5–1 GCAC 1st of 7
1987 Bob Spoo 5–6 3–3 GCAC 3rd of 7
1988 Bob Spoo 5–6 2–4 GCAC 5th of 7
1989 Bob Spoo 9–4 4–2 GCAC 2nd of 7
1990 Bob Spoo 5–6 3–3 GCAC 3rd of 7
1991 Bob Spoo 4–7 2–4 GCAC 6th of 7
Gateway Football Conference (1992–1995)
1992 Bob Spoo 5–6 2–4 GFC 4th of 7
1993 Bob Spoo 3–7–1 2–3–1 GFC 5th of 7
1994 Bob Spoo 6–5 4–2 GFC 3rd of 7
1995 Bob Spoo 10–2 5–1 GFC 1st of 7
Ohio Valley Conference (1996–present)
1996 Bob Spoo 8–4 6–2 OVC 2nd of 9
1997 Bob Spoo 8–3 5–2 OVC 2nd of 8
1998 Bob Spoo 6–5 4–3 OVC 4th of 8
1999 Bob Spoo 2–10 2–5 OVC 7th of 8
2000 Bob Spoo 8–4 6–1 OVC 2nd of 8
2001 Bob Spoo 9–2 6–0 OVC 1st of 7
2002 Bob Spoo 8–4 5–1 OVC 1st of 7
2003 Bob Spoo 4–8 3–5 OVC 6th of 9
2004 Bob Spoo 5–6 4–4 OVC 4th of 9
2005 Bob Spoo 9–3 8–0 OVC 1st of 9
2006 Bob Spoo
Mark Hutson (Interim)
8–5 7–1 OVC 1st of 9
2007 Bob Spoo 8–4 7–1 OVC 2nd of 10
2008 Bob Spoo 5–7 3–5 OVC 6th of 9
2009 Bob Spoo 8–4 6–2 OVC 1st of 9
2010 Bob Spoo 2–9 2–6 OVC 7th of 9
2011 Bob Spoo 2–9 1–7 OVC 9th of 9
2012 Dino Babers 7–5 6–1 OVC 1st of 9
2013 Dino Babers 12–2 8–0 OVC 1st of 9
2014 Kim Dameron 5–7 5–3 OVC 3rd of 9
2015 Kim Dameron 7–5 7–1 OVC 2nd of 9
2016 Kim Dameron 6–5 4–4 OVC 5th of 9
2017 Kim Dameron 6–5 5–3 OVC 3rd of 9
Totals 117 Years
24 Coaches
1,123 Games
554–527–42

Series records[edit]

All-Time Record: 554–527–42(.512)

Updated August 7, 2018

Opponents[edit]

Eastern Illinois Panthers Opponents
Opponent Record Last Year Played
Akron 3–3 1989
Augustana (SD) 1–0 1980
Austin Peay 14–4 2017
Ball State 3–3 1960
Blackburn 4–1–1 1924
Bosie State 0–1 1988
Bradley 0–3–1 1968
Brigham Young 0–1 2005
Butler 3–3 1979
UC Davis 1–0 1978
California (PA) 1–0 2003
Cal Poly 0–1 1980
Cameron (OK) 1–1 1977
Central Arkansas 0–2 2012
Central Florida 0–2 1999
Central Michigan 2–22 2008
Central Missouri 1–6 1976
Central State (OH) 6–2 1995
Delaware 1–0 1978
Delaware State 1–0 1981
Delta State 1–1 1974
Eastern Kentucky 12–13 2017
Eastern Michigan 5–10 2004
Eastern Washington 1–0 1991
Elmhurst 2–0 1940
Emporia 0–1 1950
Eureka College 2–0 1937
Evansville 3–5 1972
Fairmont College 0–2 1970
Ferris State 6–2–1 1984
Florida Atlantic 2–0 2002
Grand Valley 2–0 1984
Hanover 0–2 1933
Hawai’i 0–3 2006
Hillsdale 0–2 1964
Hope College 0–2 1963
Idaho 1–0 1989
Illinois 0–2 2008
Illinois-Chicago 8–0 1973
Illinois College 1–1 1936
Illinois State 42–55–9 2017
Illinois Wesleyan 0–5 1948
Indiana Central 5–3 1942
Indiana State 43–37–4 2017
Iowa 0–1 2010
Iowa State 0–1 1991
Jackson State 1–0 1982
Jacksonville State 6–9 2017
Kalamazoo College 1–1 1955
Kansas 0–1 1985
Kansas State 0–1 2002
Kentucky State 1–0 1982
Kentucky Wesleyan 1–0 2000
Liberty University 3–1 1989
Lincoln College 7–1–1 1928
Lincoln (MO) 0–1 1953
Lock Haven 2–0 1994
Manchester 0–1 1942
Marshall 0–1 1992
McKendree 6–2 1938
McNeese State 0–2 1993
Merom College 2–0 1925
Middle Tennessee 2–1 1998
Millikin 10–19–2 1948
Minnesota 0–1 2014
Missouri 0–1 2003
Missouri-Rolla 2–0 1975
Missouri State 13–5–1 1995
Montana 0–1 1989
Murray State 19–14 2017
Navy 0–1 1993
North Alabama 1–0 1980
Northeast Missouri 10–6 1987
Northern Colorado 1–0 1980
Northern Illinois 10–26–1 2017
Northern Iowa 6–15–1 2015
Northern Michigan 5–5 1986
Northwestern 0–2 2015
Northwest Missouri 1–0 1951
NW Louisiana 2–1 1993
Northwood Institute 0–2 1966
Oakland City 5–0 1937
Ohio 0–1 2014
Penn State 0–1 2009
Pittsburg (KS) State 1–0 1996
Purdue 0–1 2007
Quantico Marines 0–1 1972
Quincy College 1–1 1950
Rose-Hulman 7–1–1 1928
Saginaw Valley 1–0 1985
Samford 4–1 2007
San Diego State 1–1 2013
San Jose State 0–1 1987
St. Joseph’s (IN) 4–1 1998
St. Viator 3–4 1933
Shurtleff 6–7 1933
South Dakota 3–0 1981
South Dakota State 0–1 2012
Southeast Missouri State 18–7 2017
Southern Illinois 26–42–1 2014
Stephen F. Austin 0–1 1995
UT Martin 14–9 2017
Tennessee State 15–7 2017
Tennessee Tech 18–6 2017
Texas-El Paso 0–1 1994
Toledo 0–2 2000
Towson 0–1 2013
Wayne State 5–2 1979
Western Kentucky 10–5 2000
Western Illinois 21–42–4 2016
Western Michigan 1–1 2012
Wheaton College 0–2 1937
Winona State 1–0 1986
WI-Milwaukee 3–8 1974
WI-Stevens Point 1–1 1973
Wittenberg 0–1 1960
Youngstown State 4–9 1992

All-time record vs. current OVC teams[edit]

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

OVC Opponents
Opponent Won Lost Percentage 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

Rivalries[edit]

Trophy Game[edit]

Illinois State— Mid-America Classic[edit]

The Mid-America Classic is the rivalry game between the Illinois State and Eastern Illinois. The rivalry began in 1901 and is the oldest in the state of Illinois. The two teams have played 106 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 55–42–9 advantage in the all-time series. 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.[3]

Other Rivalries[edit]

Indiana State[edit]

Eastern Illinois and Indiana State are located 46 miles away from each other. They last met in 2017 where Eastern Illinois won 22–20. The two teams have met a total of 84 times with the all time Win-Loss-Tie record being 43–37–4 with Eastern Illinois leading the series.

Western Illinois[edit]

Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois are located 195 miles away from each other. They last met in 2016 where Western Illinois won 38–21. The two teams have met a total of 67 times with the all time Win-Loss-Tie record being 21–42–4 with Western Illinois leading the series.

1st Team All Americans[edit]

AP-Associated Press, AFCA-American Football Coaches Association, FBG-FB Gazette, SN-Sports Network, WC-Walter Camp Football Foundation
1st Team All Americans
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 (2012, 2013) AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Jimmy Garoppolo (2013) AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Collin Seibert (2013, 2014) AP, AFCA, SN, WC
Dino Fanti (2015) AFCA

College Football Hall of Fame members[edit]

Name Position Years at EIU Year Inducted
Darrell Mudra Coach 1978–82 2000

Retired Numbers[edit]

No. Player Position Career Date of Retirement
17 Tony Romo[4] QB 1999–02 October 17, 2009
18 Sean Payton QB 1983–86 September 11, 2010

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Notable Former Players
Person Position
Ryan Pace[5] DE
Brad Childress
Mike Shanahan QB
Sean Payton QB
Tony Romo QB
Jimmy Garoppolo QB
Jeff Christensen QB
Anthony Buich QB
Chris Szarka FB
Mike Heimerdinger WR
Micah Rucker WR
Frank Cutolo WR
Chris Campbell OT
Otis Hudson OG
Ted Petersen OL
Jeff Gossett P
Evan Arapostathis P
John Jurkovic DT
Ray Fisher DT
Pete Catan DE
Pierre Walters DE
Rob DeVita LB
Kamu Grugier-Hill LB
Ray McElroy CB
Chris Watson CB
Tristan Burge S

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eastern Illinois University Panthers - Media Relations". October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2017 EIU Football Media Guide" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  4. ^ "EIU Retired Numbers". 
  5. ^ Dickerson, Jeff (January 7, 2015). "Potential GMs Chris Ballard, Ryan Pace visit Bears". ESPN. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 

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