Clothes Call: Check out Illinois' new primary helmet

Illinois Helmet

Illinois introduced several new looks during Tim Beckman’s disappointing 2-10 inaugural season. From things as minor as blue facemasks and helmet stickers to things as major as a matte blue helmet and new uniform combinations (all-blue; orange top, blue pants), the Illini mixed it up quite a bit. There will be more change in 2013.

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The team confirmed its new primary lid, pictured above, Tuesday, and said it’s “in the middle of an 18-month rebranding process with Nike that will likely result in new logos and/or uniforms in 2014.”

This helmet is an improvement over the previous script “Illinois” design. No, a block “I” isn’t overly exciting (Indiana’s had success with it, both new and old), but this is a good change. More important, it’s something new, something that replaces the unpopular design Illinois has worn since 1989.

Also of note: Illinois’ matte blue helmet from last season will serve as the team’s secondary lid.


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Buddy Badger on 7/16/2013 @ 8:15pm EDT Said:

Eh…should have put and L…make your own conclusions as to why. They haven’t been a feared football program for a while now.
On Wisconsin!

Wolverines11NationalChampionships on 7/17/2013 @ 7:47am EDT Said:

Illinois is terrible…that is all.

TM on 7/17/2013 @ 12:07pm EDT Said:

i miss the old chief helmet logo (and i’m a Hawkeye fan)

Illini2001 on 7/25/2013 @ 4:11pm EDT Said:

Thanks Wolverine, for that insightful comment. You must not have actually gone to UM or I’m sure you’d have developed a more nuanced way of thinking by now.

That said… the new helmets are better than the old ones, but its not saying much…