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Adam Cushing 2019 EIU signing day

Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing addresses reporters at his National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at O'Brien Stadium.

The schedule for Adam Cushing’s first season as EIU’s head football coach is official.

The Panthers begin the 2019 season on Aug. 29 at Chattanooga. It’s the only non-Saturday game on their schedule and is their first ever meeting with the Mocs. They then travel to play a Big Ten non-conference Indiana on Sept. 7 before the home opener against Illinois State on Sept. 14. The non-league slate closes with a road game at Indiana State on Sept. 21.

EIU begins conference play on Sept. 28 when it hosts Tennessee Tech. The rest of the schedule goes: at Murray State (Oct. 5), Jacksonville State (Oct. 12), at UT-Martin (Oct. 19), Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 26), at Tennessee State (Nov. 9), SEMO (Nov. 16) and Austin Peay (Nov. 23).

Homecoming is the Oct. 26 game. EIU has a bye week on Nov. 2. The FCS playoffs begin on Nov. 30.

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Kickoff times and television information will be announced at a later date.

EIU is coming off a 3-8 season and a 3-5 OVC record in Kim Dameron’s final year as head coach. The Panthers finished seventh in the nine-team OVC.

EIU begins spring practice on March 19.

Contact Patrick Engel at (217) 238-6856. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickEngel_

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