I don't know how the idea of 'Captain Illini' has not been brought forward but I think its a no brainer. Model it after Captain America...we already have the ready made shield with the new logo It would associate well with history of Troops and also the name Fighting Illini, while not being offensive or having weapons...I imagine a shield would not cause any issues with NCAA etc. I think its an option that would be embraced by the fanbase and especially younger fans. It would also help cement the and make the brand and fighting Illini more recognizable nationally. What better time than now with the new era for basketball and football?
I am not a photshop/graphic wizard but is there anyone out who could make a first attempt at this?
That is a GREAT idea.