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Eastern Illinois Panthers Football
by Dan Verdun
Northern Illinois University Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-1-60909-164-4 | Cloth: 978-0-87580-483-5
Library of Congress Classification GV958.E38V47 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.332630977372

Eastern Illinois Panthers Football chronicles the legend and lore of this storied program, from the early days under coach and university-auditor-of-accounting Otis Caldwell, to today’s perennial Ohio Valley Conference powerhouse. Sports historian Dan Verdun sets down amazing details about EIU’s 15 FCS playoff appearances, 7 OVC championships, 3 NFL head coaches, 2 Walter Payton Award winners, and the 1978 NCAA Division II national championship.

Panther fans will recognize the names of Mike Shanahan, Darrell Mudra, Jeff Gossett, Sean Payton, Bob Spoo and Tony Romo, and many others. Dan Verdun tells these men’s stories from extensive research and personal interviews. Find out fascinating details about key players and coaches - how they arrived at EIU, what they accomplished in their time wearing the blue and gray, as well as the paths their lives took once they played their last game and graduation day arrived.

The greatest moments in EIU Panther football glory are recounted with fresh new insight. Read about the legendary days of quarterback Bill Glenn, who found success in the NFL of the 1940s. Relive the dominance and get the inside stories of the greatest teams in EIU football history. They’re all here: the 1978 NCAA Division-II national champions, the 1980 runner-ups, the quarterfinalist 1982, 1986, 1989, and 2013 teams along with the 1995 and 2001 conference champions and playoff qualifiers.

With far-ranging appeal, Eastern Illinois Panthers Football will interest those who identify as Panthers as well as sports fans who want to discover the merits of this fine football program. Focused on team members and their coaches over the entire history of EIU football, this book will inform and entertain all age groups.

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