Illinois Fighting Illini Logo

Illinois Fighting Illini Logo

Meaning and history

Illinois Fighting Illini Logo history

1947 – 1956

Illinois Fighting Illini Logo-1947

The history of the team has preserved one of the earliest logos, which was introduced in 1947. There was a Native American with the lettering “Illinois” stylized as his headdress.

1989 – 2003

Illinois Fighting Illini Logo-1989

The original Illinois Fighting Illini logo was replaced by a more abstract Native American in 1989.

2004 – 2013

Illinois Fighting Illini Logo-2004

In 2004, the team adopted an emblem featuring a large “I” with the word “Illinois” over it.

2014 – Now

Illinois Fighting Illini Logo

Ten years later, only the “I” was left on the Illinois Fighting Illini logo.

Illinois Fighting Illini basketball

Illinois Fighting Illini basketball logo

The achievements of the men’s team include five NCAA Final Four appearances, 17 Big Ten championships, and two Big Ten Tournament championships. The women’s team has been known for having won the 1997 Big Ten championship. They have participated in the NCAA Tournament on eight occasions, including two Sweet Sixteen appearances.