New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 mi southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 mi northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.

Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts are an American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Since the 2008 season, the Colts have played their games in Lucas Oil Stadium. Previously, the team had played for over two decades (1984–2007) at the RCA Dome. Since 1987, the Colts have been the host team for the NFL Scouting Combine.

1980 NCAA Division II football season

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Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo defeated Eastern Illinois in the championship game, 21–13, to win their first Division II national title. The 1980 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the eighth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM for the second, and final, time. Three Division II programs upgraded to Division I-AA prior to the season. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference reclassified as a Division II conference; all 14 members made the transition. 1980 NAIA Division I football season. 1980 NAIA Division II football season.


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The Eastern Illinois Panthers (Charleston) are members of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). The city of Chicago is home to four Division I programs that do not sponsor football. The DePaul Blue Demons, with main campuses in Lincoln Park and the Loop, are members of the Big East Conference. The Loyola Ramblers, with their main campus straddling the Edgewater and Rogers Park community areas on the city's far north side, compete in the MVC. The UIC Flames, from the Near West Side next to the Loop, are in the Horizon League. The Chicago State Cougars, from the city's south side, compete in the Western Athletic Conference. Finally, two non-football Division I programs are located downstate.

Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference

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The charter members consisted of Bradley University, Drake University, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, the University of Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois University, Southwest Missouri State University, Western Illinois University and Wichita State University. In 1985, the Gateway added football (its only men's-sponsoring sport) with Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Southwest Missouri State and Western Illinois as the charter members. Indiana State would join the league for that sport in the following year.

2001 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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The 2001 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 2001, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 21, 2001, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Montana Grizzlies won their second I-AA championship, defeating the Furman Paladins by a final score of 13−6

Murray State Racers football

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In the same game, Brockman also passed former Eastern Illinois quarterback Tony Romo for third on OVC all-time passing list. In Chris Harcher's third season, the Racers finished 5-6 overall and 4-4 in OVC play. Casey Brockman and Walter Powell earned OVC all-conference first team honors. Brockman closed out his college career by going 359-for-517 for 3,729 yards and 28 touchdowns, as well as rushing for seven touchdowns, during the 2012 season. He finished sixth in voting for the 2012 Walter Payton Award. Walter Powell had the best season in school history for a receiver.

Jeff Christensen

He played college football for the Eastern Illinois Panthers. His son played college football at Iowa and Eastern Illinois.

List of Ohio Valley Conference football champions

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This is a list of yearly regular season champions in college football of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) FCS Ohio Valley Conference. Fifteen different teams have won a championship in the seven decade history of the OVC; every team that plays in the conference has won at least one conference championship.

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In November 2002, Murray State won a share of the Ohio Valley Conference championship with a 37–35 win over an Eastern Illinois squad led by future NFL quarterback Tony Romo. Kicker Shane Andrus made the 52-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. The Racers finished the season 7–4 and 5–1 in conference, and MSU received the OVC's automatic bid to the Division I-AA playoffs. In the first round of the NCAA Division I playoffs, the Racers faced off against the arch rival Western Kentucky on the road in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Hilltoppers won the rivalry game 59–20 and went on to win the Division I-AA national championship.

List of NCAA Division I-AA/FCS football seasons

A list of NCAA Division I-AA college football seasons since the divisional split in 1978. In 2006, Division I-AA was renamed Division I Football Championship Subdivision (or Division I FCS for short).

Elite 11

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The Elite 11 is a quarterback competition for high school quarterbacks across the United States. Elite 11 was founded in 1999 by Andy Bark and continues to be run by his company, Student Sports Inc, hosted at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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On Saturday, November 28, just hours after Eastern Illinois lost to Southern Illinois 48–7 in the first round of the FCS playoffs, Eastern Illinois' offensive coordinator Jeffrey O. Hoover, age 41, was killed in a car accident. The single-vehicle accident occurred south of Effingham when Hoover, his family and EIU strength coach Eric Cash struck a deer while driving home from Carbondale, the home of SIU. Hoover's death was the second Eastern Illinois coaching death within a month. On November 4, women's basketball assistant coach Jackie Moore, 28, died after collapsing during a workout on campus.

Joe Taylor (American football coach)

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In 1978, Taylor was hired as the offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. He helped lead Eastern Illinois to the 1978 NCAA Division II Football Championship. In 1980, Taylor was hired as the offensive coordinator at Virginia Union University, a historically black university (HBCU) located in Richmond, Virginia. After two years at Virginia Union, Taylor became the defensive coordinator at Howard University, an HBCU in Washington, D.C. He was named the head football coach at Howard in 1983. He had a 1–9 record in his only season as head coach at Howard. In 1984, Taylor was hired by Virginia Union as its head football coach.

List of people from Illinois

Tony Romo, quarterback, Eastern Illinois and Dallas Cowboys (born in California). Michael Rooker, actor, Cliffhanger, Days of Thunder, Guardians of the Galaxy (born in Alabama). John E. Rooney, CEO of U.S. Cellular. Sean Rooney, volleyball player, NCAA champion at Pepperdine, gold medalist at 2008 Beijing Olympics. John Root, architect. Nick Rosa, CEO of NutraSweet. Adam Rosales, MLB infielder. Derrick Rose, guard for New York Knicks, first player selected in 2008 NBA draft, 2008–09 NBA Rookie of the Year. Fred Rose, songwriter, Country Music Hall of Fame (born in Indiana). Helen Rose, Oscar-winning costume designer.

Charlie Partridge

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From there he became the defensive line coach of the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Partridge served as defensive line coach, linebackers coach, and special teams coordinator of the Pitt Panthers for five seasons before joining the Wisconsin Badgers. He was named co-defensive coordinator at Wisconsin in January 2011. On December 15, 2012 the University of Arkansas announced the hiring of Partridge as the defensive line coach. Partridge was widely credited as Wisconsin's lead recruiter in the state of Florida, and helped land five-star running back Alex Collins for the Razorbacks in his first two months on the job. Partridge followed former Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas.

Ryan Pace

Marcus High School before committing to Eastern Illinois in 1995; he had also received offers from Illinois State, North Texas, Texas State, and Western Illinois. EIU offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Clancy Barone praised Pace for his speed and athleticism, saying he "showed good toughness on film." At EIU, he converted to defensive end and played for the Panthers from 1996 to 1999; despite entering college at 200 lb, he increased his weight to 250 lb by his senior year. In 1998, he led the team in tackles for loss (nine) and fumble recoveries (three). He received his degree in marketing.

Rex Darling

Darling (October 2, 1914 – October 14, 1996) was the 12th head football coach at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and he held that position for the 1951 season. His record at Eastern Illinois was 4–2–2.