University of Illinois
1983 - 87
Maintaining the same helmet design, Coach Mike White added
one-and-one-quarter-inch diameter, dark navy blue and white Chief
Illiniwek award stickers to the helmets. He also maintained his
wide-open offense with future Colts QB Jack Trudeau continuing the
tally of obscene passing numbers. White nurtured the Illinois squad
through the 1987 season, with mixed results. The '83 squad had a
great 10-1 record, losing only to Missouri in their opener which
earned them the Rose Bowl bid. They dropped the game badly to UCLA,
45-9 but it was believed that the program was no entrenched as one
of the best in the Big Ten. Unfortunately, inconsistency led them
down the path to 7-4, 6-5-1, and an eventual drop-off to '87's 3-7-1
mark which ended White's reign and brought in John Mackovic.
If interested in any of these UI helmets please
click on the photos below.