As someone who grew up, and fell in love with the Illini, in the 70s, I completely disagree. I am all in on the orange helmet, orange jersey, and white pants.Couple random thoughts on a slow day:
(1) I hate orange jerseys for football. I am all for our crowds being orange and basketball wearing orange, but I'm sorry ... it just ain't it for football. Maybe bust 'em out even less sparingly than the Bears do for a "special game," but I think the O/B/O look is just so clean and classic that we should lean into it.
(2) Obviously I don't really want to just copy another school, but at this point I would more or less take the Auburn uniforms with white and orange switched pretty much everywhere (besides the numbers, I could support white or orange but I'd want both to have a colored outline, JMO) in a heartbeat:
(3) I'll get on my soapbox ONE more time about my weird little pet issue with uniforms, because I cannot believe how obvious it is ... when we play Northwestern, LOOK LIKE THE BEARS! B/B/W at home, B/W/B on the road and randomly B/O/W. I'm not saying to make a blue helmet or white pants a part of our usual uniform set, and I'm actually saying literally the opposite! With how obsessed NU is with marketing themselves as "Chicago's Team," it is such an easy and obvious and awesome troll to deviate so clearly from our usual uniform set to remind them that the Illini and the Bears are forever intrinsically linked.