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Eastern Illinois Panthers Football
Dan Verdun Foreword by Bob Spoo
“Dan Verdun has written a remarkable book in bringing to life the unbelievable rise of EIU football to the national stage.” —Jim Edgar, former Illinois governor and EIU Class of 1968
“Winning my first Super Bowl was incredibly exciting. Believe me when I say I was just as excited when the 1978 Panther team won the National Championship!” —Ted Petersen, former EIU and Pittsburgh Steelers lineman
“EIU has become a top notch college program while doing things the right way and this book does an unbelievable job of capturing that journey.” —Jimmy Garoppolo, 2013 Walter Payton Award Winner
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.
Aug 2014 8.5x11 245 pages 100 b/w illus.
Dan Verdun is a sports journalist/historian and a middle school teacher in Naperville, IL. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in journalism and history at Eastern Illinois University and his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Northern Illinois University. He is author of Northern Illinois Huskies Football (Northern Illinois University Press, 2013).
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