It was for a charity event organized by the players. The money raised would go toward research for a disease called neuroma. The team held a strongman competition. In the end, the winning group put on feathered headdresses and blue and orange body paint. The move caused some controversy.
The Board of Trustees voted a few year back not to use Chief Illiniwek as a symbol. There's been constant debate ever since. The athletics department says Coach Beckman talked to his players about the issue.
Kent Brown, associate athletics director said, "This is an opportunity to educate our student athletes about the role they play in our community and remind them of the sensitivity of all this."
Brown says there were also pictures posted on the team's Facebook page. Those have been taken down as well.