Every single mascot listed is tied directly back to the school's nickname. These schools are not reinventing themselves with something completely unrelated to their past traditions. If Illinois went with the otter it would be like the Atlanta Braves having Blooper perform. It may well work great but it's not a Brave. Like Illinois in this age of sensitivity, they can't. It is simply something to distract the people from the game in front of them.
13 years right? The last dance was my freshman year which was 2006/2007. Its just semantics, not trying to cause a big fuss or be super correctional or anything.Illinois-
Iowa- Herky the Hawk
Maryland- Testudo the Terrapin
Michigan State- Sparty
Minnesota- Goldie Gopher
Nebraska- Herbie the Husker
Northwestern- Willie the Wildcat
Ohio State- Brutus
Penn State- Nittany Lion
Rutgers- Scarlet Knight
An otter doesn't seem that out of line when we've got a Bager, Gopher and Turtle in the conference. Its been 14 years since the last dance. The only way this was going to happen was organically and if this is what it takes to move on, so be it.
Delta House.Is it possible to sneak a live otter into SFC? Surely there is a fraternity on campus capable of such hijinks.
This is 1,000 times dumber than the otter.Kedric PrinceRetweeted
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Who’s to say what is exactly reflected in Chief’s eye. But we know eagles are a powerful symbol for Native Americans signifying courage, wisdom and strength. Could you imagine 3 more appropriate traits for our student athletes?
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I would have liked it if this is what they switched too immediately after the chief. That logo is trash, there's another mock up one floating around with the full bird on it that's much better. And changing to the "flying illini" is also a trash idea.This is 1,000 times dumber than the otter.
But eagles live in Illinois, so they're qualified as a possible option!This is 1,000 times dumber than the otter.
I'm reminded of the vote a few years ago in like 2013 when they had a mascot contest vote. It's always the crazy student government that pushed it. They originally didn't have none as an option but we made them add it. The final results wereAs a current UIUC student that is passionate about Illinois sports, I can tell you that this is not something supported by the students. Everyone I personally know hates it. There are some students who like it, but by far the majority (from everything I have heard) hate it and think it's monumentally stupid. I made sure to vote against it this morning.
Also interesting to note, included on the same ballot as the Alma Otter vote were students running for the student government, each with a link to their "mission statement". Several of them stated as one of their priorities something along the lines of trying to force the University to adopt a new mascot. I made sure not to vote for any of them.
Personally I am ok with the Chief being gone, but I am strongly against any new mascot as dumb as this one. If a decent option happens organically, so be it. But this is too forced by a very small segment of students and hated by the majority. I would much rather have no mascot than one as terrible as this. There's a great article on The Champaign Room about it that came out a couple days ago.