While it is unclear whether the helmets will be used next year, Illinois has been prominently displaying a few new style helmets for recruits during their visits.
Sports information director Derek Neal says that "While our coaches have been displaying those for recruits, those are just options we’ve been exploring for new helmets, no decisions have been made yet on helmet, uniform changes, or if there will even be a change.”
The featured helmets highlight "Illini" in the same style that had been used previously for "Illinois" along the side of the helmet, and also features a matte blue style helmet with an Illinois "I" as well.
The helmets displayed also feature three different colors of face masks in navy blue, orange and white for an additional change of pace.
His suggestion was that "only the best 16 bowl games should remain with the remaining 'bowl games' held on campuses of the remaining bowl eligible teams".
Under this scenario, once the top 16 bowl games are filled, every remaining team that is bowl eligible would play in an on campus bowl game. This would help control the money teams lose in the second tier bowl games and hopefully provide better attendance while allowing players and coaches the opportunity to spend their free time visiting family around the holiday season.
The AD also suggested that each team receiving the same bowl gifts paid from a pool of central funds from BCS bowls.
Attendance would be a concern for many universities since most bowl games take place during holiday break, but the AD suggests that it is better than the current system because it would provide a spark of excitement surrounding the games, and the hosting teams would be able to provide decent locker rooms, which many lower tier bowls often lack because of many of the stadiums use for other high profile events the rest of the year.