Chief Illiniwek mascot lives on at school despite ban

Date

02/18/16

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

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