As the weeks of the season wind down we are now past the halfway point of the know your opponent sections on the EIU blog. This week we look at Tennessee Tech which located in Cookeville, Tenn., is the longest trip of the 2010 season for EIU.
But before we get to the know your opponent facts, a quick congrats to EIU men's soccer on their 1-0 win over Central Arkansas. The Panthers had been on the wrong side of four straight 1-0 decisions before the ball bounced in their favor on Wednesday.
Also for those fans who like to check out online media guides the men's and women's 2011 books are now available for viewing. Based on some pending NCAA legislation these will most likely be the final media guides ever printed at Eastern Illinois. The school will continue to produce online versions for all sports.
Now on to this week's know your opponent
1.) Notable alumni from TTU include two NASA Astronauts (Roger Crouch and Barry Wilmore) along with a few former NFL players (most notably Jim Youngblood).
2.) Watson Brown is the brother of Texas head coach Mack Brown.
3.) TTU was founded as a private school with the name Dixie College in 1909 but is now a state institution.
4.) The Golden Eagle that sits on top of one of the school buildings (Derryberry Hall) was stolen from a hotel in Monteagle, Tenn.
5.) One of the newer universities in the nation, Tennessee Polytechnical Institute was founded in 1915, the same year as the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.