Eastern Ill. hires Baylor assistant as head coach

Eastern Illinois has hired Baylor assistant coach Dino Babers to

take over for longtime head football coach Bob Spoo.

The school announced Babers’ hiring on Friday. The longtime

assistant coach was a member of Spoo’s first staff at Eastern in

1987. The Football Championship Subdivision school plays in the

Ohio Valley Conference.

Babers coached Baylor’s wide receivers and has been at the

school since 2008. The Bears went 9-3 this season and are headed to

the Alamo Bowl.

He played at Hawaii and has been an assistant at schools

including Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, San Diego State, UCLA,

Arizona, Purdue, Northern Arizona and UNLV.

Spoo announced plans to retire before this season. The Panthers

finished 2-9. Spoo finished with a career record of 144-131-1.