URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Nine years after the University of Illinois retired Chief Illiniwek a student committee is recommending that the school consider a replacement.

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Exploration of a University Mascot recommended that administrators create a process to potentially pick a mascot.

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University spokeswoman Robin Kaler told The News-Gazette in Champaign that interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson plans to meet with students to discuss the report. The Student Senate has already endorsed the idea.

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The university stopped using Chief Illiniwek in 2007 under pressure from the NCAA.

The committee said a new mascot could give the school something to rally around and the idea appears to be supported by at least a small majority of students. The committee found that most alumni, however, are opposed to the idea.

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