I have said from the beginning of the search for the new Illinois football head coach that whoever they get needs to be all in. What I mean by that is that he needs to get the alums, students, community, local high schools, ex players, and anyone else who is a member of the Illini nation to be ALL IN, 100% to righting the program.
Tim Beckman has been doing a great job of this so far, doing non stop PR stops from Chicago to Indy to St. Louis and locally in the Champaign area. Illinois CAN do it like Wisconsin, but we need everyone on board 100%, just like Wisco.
Finally, finally, after me bitching for at least a decade and a half, they are thinking about redesigning the goddamned helmet. Here is the current version:
Damn that is some ugly shit. But we are famous for ugly helmets. Here are some past designs:
Yep, pretty bad.
The CLEAR winner is that fabulous blue helmet with the Block I on it.
Hopefully that is the one they will go with.
This seems minor, but it is all a good sign to me – Beckman needs to break with the past and something stupid like a helmet change seems small, but I am behind it 100% if it means we can get some consistency in the program and if it helps at all in the theme of doing business differently.