Indiana, Eastern Illinois coaching staffs have insider perspectives on each other

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Indiana defensive coordinator Kane Wommack knows all about Eastern Illinois football.
He remembers making the FCS playoffs during his two-year stint as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator, and he quickly recalls two former EIU quarterbacks who struck it rich in the NFL: Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo. He can even recite, without hesitation, some future NFL coaches who graduated from Eastern Illinois: Mike Shanahan, Sean Payton, Brad Childress and the late Mike Heimerdinger.
But as the 32-year-old Wommack reminisced about his tenure in Charleston, Illinois, he’s also enjoyed spending the week talking smack with some old coaching friends.
“Kind of neat to go do that,” Wommack said as the Hoosiers prepared for Saturday’s home opener. “Starting to text back with some of the guys, still got a group text going with some of those EIU guys and the trash talking has already begun, so I’ll have to have my game ready for them.”
He is more concerned with getting the Indiana defense righted after 25 missed tackles in last week’s season-opening victory over Ball State, especially before No. 5 Ohio Sta

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