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.
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.