Chief Illiniwek, the former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign mascot, was banned by the NCAA in 2007 for being “hostile and abusive” toward American Indians -- but people attending the university's sporting events might be forgiven for not knowing this.
That's because two organizations -- Students for Chief Illiniwek, a registered student organization, and the Council of Chiefs, made up of alumni who have portrayed the mascot -- have continued the tradition despite the ban, appointing an "unofficial" chief to be on the sidelines every year since.
The latest to wear the costume: Bennett Kamps, a sophomore, picked from a field of nine who was appointed in late January. (The appointments come when the prior chief graduates.) Read the full USA Today article