Yup, the Chief is dead. (Forever for all we know) And even though I hate it, we can still be the Fighting Illini as long as we don’t associate the two.I see a new mascot/symbol/whatever as a safeguard against that. All the Chief-Will-Never-Die-ers are putting "Fighting Illini" in the firing line with everything they do.
Yup, the Chief is dead. (Forever for all we know) And even though I hate it, we can still be the Fighting Illini as long as we don’t associate the two.
Have a cool looking predatory bird buzz around MS a few times for all I care, just don’t lose our name.
Or mischievous. I’m biased I’m sure, but I like “The Bird” (Falcon mascot) at the Air Force Academy. He’s a little fierce, but mostly mischievous...like he’s going to run out on the field and trip one of the other team’s players.I think the Kingfisher mascot is appropriate. Native to Illinois and the females (males don't have the orange from what I've read) share the orange and blue color of the university. The Alma Otter thing was cute, but I feel like there's less of an Illinois connection. Hopefully, if it's passed, the school can hire a professional artist to design something a little more "fierce-looking" than the student's design, but it's a process.