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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Know Your Opponent - Eastern Kentucky

Today we quickly look at this week's football opponent Eastern Kentucky on our weekly check of Know Your Opponent.

But first a couple of congratulations to EIU athletes who collected top conference honors earlier this week.

From women's golf Lauren Williams was named the OVC Golfer of the Week after she finished in 7th place at the Butler Fall Invite. The women's team placed 7th overall at the event which took place on Monday and Tuesday while the men placed 8th.

Also earlier this week senior EIU punter Kevin Cook was named the National Special Teams Player of the Week, he won the OVC award on Sunday.

Our final housekeeping note before looking at some facts about EKU is that EIU indoor track released its 2010-11 schedule. The first meet in about two months away.

Now on to know your opponent this week for the 6 p.m. (Central) kick off between Eastern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky. The contest will be part of the OVC Game of the Week package carried locally by WEIU TV and also broadcast on ESPN3.com

1.) EKU is the only team in the OVC to have won an FCS National Championship claiming the honor in 1979 and 1982. Both titles came under legendary coach Roy Kidd.

2.) The teams were known as the Maroons until the early 1960's. EKU still uses Maroon as one of its primary school colors but has since adopted the Colonels and Lady Colonels as the school mascot.

3.) Lee Majors - the Six Million Dollar Man - graduated from EKU and actually played football briefly for the school before an injury ended his athletic career.

4.) Dan Patrick - of ESPN Fame - played two years of college basketball at EKU before transferring and earning his degree from another university.

5.) EKU is one of 20 universities in the nation that has a major in Professional Golf Management

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