American Athletic Conference


CINCINNATI CONNECTICUT HOUSTON
"Bearcats" "Huskies" "Cougars"
Cincinnati, OH Storrs, CT Houston, TX
LOUISVILLE MEMPHIS RUTGERS
"Cardinals" "Tigers" "Scarlet Knights"
Louisville, KY Memphis, TN Piscataway, NJ
SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTHERN METHODIST TEMPLE
"Bulls" "Mustangs" "Owls"
Tampa, FL Dallas, TX Philadelphia, PA
UCF
"Knights"
Orlando, FL

Comments

This conference is a re-organization of what was the Big East Conference in 2012. Houston, Southern Methodist, Memphis, and UCF are new members for 2013, while Pittsburgh and Syracuse have both departed for the ACC. Louisville and Rutgers will leave in 2014 (for the ACC and Big Ten, respectively).

Connecticut has two new helmet designs for the 2013 season, one of which is shown above. Temple has used a different helmet design in each of its first eight games of 2013 - one of these is shown above.


Historical Helmets

CINCINNATI

1960 1961 1962 - 1966
1967 1968 1969
1970 - 1972 1973 - 1978 1979 - 1981
1982 1983 1984
1985 - 1988 1989 1990
*see note 1 below
1990 1991 - 1992 1993 - 2004
January 1, 2010 December 27, 2012 August 31, 2013
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below *see note 4 below
September 7, 2013 December 5, 2013 2005 -
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below *see note 7 below

I believe that the above are the complete set of historical helmet designs used by Cincinnati during the period covered by this web site (1960 to present).

*1 "Blank" helmets were used during the first game of the 1990 season (vs Bowling Green) because the new helmet decals were late in arriving.

*2 Used during the Sugar Bowl game against Florida at the end of the 2009 season.

*3 Worn vs Duke during the Belk Bowl at Charlotte, NC.

*4 Worn August 31, 2013 (vs Purdue).

*5 Worn September 7, 2013 (at Illinois).

*6 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Louisville.

*7 During Cincinnati's December 31, 2011 appearance in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis, TN (vs Vanderbilt) this helmet design was altered by the addition of white uniform numerals to the right side of the helmet (as shown below). The traditional "C"/bearcat claw logo remained on the left sides of the helmets during this game.


CONNECTICUT

1958 - 1962 1963 1964
1965 1966 1967
*see note 1 below
1968; 1970 1971 - 1972 1973 - 1975
1976 - 1977 1978 - 1982 1983 - 1989
1990 - 1993 1994 1995 - 1998
1999 - 2001 2002 2003 - 2012
'A' 'B'
2013 - 2013 -

In 2013 Connecticut used the last two helmet designs shown above in the following sequence: A-B-A; B-B-A; A-B-B; A-A-A.

During 1969, like many other college teams, UConn used a logo consisting of the number "100" inside a football shape to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first college football game; I would appreciate a photograph of UConn's version of this helmet.

*1 The 1965 Connecticut helmet was one of the more unique designs in the history of the sport. Half of the shell was white and the other half navy blue, with the same logo on each side, but with the colors inverted. I believe that it was the left half of this helmet that was white and the right side blue, so the right side of the helmet would resemble the 1964 helmet shown here. This strange design was used for just one season.


HOUSTON

1959 - 1961 1962 - 1965 1966 - 1978
1979 - 1986 1987 - 1994 1995 - 1998?
1999 only? September 16, 2006 October 22, 2011
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'B' 'C'
2000 - 2011 2013 - 2013 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
'A'
2012 -

Houston has used three of the above helmet designs through twelve games of the 2013 season in the following sequence: A-B-A; B-A-A; B-C-B; B-A-C.

The above are all of the "known" helmet designs used by Houston during the period covered by this web site (1960 to present).

*1 Worn during a home game in 2006 against Grambling State.

*2 Worn during the 2011 home game vs Marshall.

*3 First worn September 7, 2013 (at Temple).

*4 First worn October 31, 2013 (vs South Florida).


LOUISVILLE

1963 1960 - 1962; 1964 - 1965;
1969 (some games)
1966 - 1967
1968 - 1969 1970 - 1972 1973 - 1974?
*see note 1 below
1974 1975 1976
*see note 2 below *see note 2 below
1977 - 1979 1980 1981 - 1982
*see note 2 below
1983 1984 1985 - 1997
1998 1999 - 2000 2001 - 2002
October 2, 2009;
additional games 2009
2003 - 2009 September 11, 2010;
November 12, 2011
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
October 26, 2012 2010 -
*see note 5 below

To the best of my knowledge the above are the complete set of helmet designs used by Louisville during the period covered by this web site (1960 to present).

*1 In 1969, apparently plain red helmets were used for some games, while white players' uniform numerals were worn on the helmets during other games.

*2 The words "RED RAGE" are printed in small white letters within the logo on each of these helmets.

*3 This design was first worn during the home game against Pittsburgh in 2009. It was worn later that season during a home game against Syracuse (November 14) and during games at South Florida (November 21) and at home against Rutgers (November 27).

*4 Worn during the 2010 home game against Eastern Kentucky and during the 2011 home game vs Pittsburgh.

*5 Worn during the 2012 home game vs Cincinnati.


MEMPHIS

? - 1966 1969 1967 - 1968; 1970 - 1971
1972 1973 - 1980 1981 - 1985
1983?; c.1985 - c.1987 c.1986 - c.1987 1988 - 1989
*see note 1 below
c.1991 c.1991 - c.1992 1993? - 1994
'B' 'C'
1995 - 1998 2013 - 2013 -
'D' 'E' 'A'
2013 - 2013 - 1999 -

Memphis used five of the above helmet designs in 2013 in the following sequence: B-A-B; C-C-B; D-A-A; A-E-A.

Memphis has a rather large and (so far) poorly-documented set of historical helmets, including apparently several mid-season design switches through the years. I have partial information for a number of other helmets not yet represented here; below are photographs of several of these:

During the 1960s, Memphis State University (as the school was known until 1994) used white helmets with numerals on the sides. Although I have received no clear color photographs of this design, it has been reported to me that the numerals were black. There was also a sequence of three stripes on the helmet - one person has claimed that they were blue-red-blue, while another indicated black-red-black (I do not know which is correct- perhaps both versions were used at different times). These persons were in agreement, however, that the "reddish" color used on the helmets during the 1960s was red rather than orange, as I had suggested here previously (orange would not have been used because Tennessee uses that color, said one person).

During the years 1967 through 1971 (except 1969), the numerals were replaced with a small "tiger head" logo of unknown color (I have received a report indicating that it was orange). I would appreciate a copy of this logo, and a clear color photograph from one of these two years.

A version of the "100" logo was used during the college football centennial year of 1969. MSU's version was blue with white numerals that were apparently outlined in red.

I have a couple of poor-quality photographs from the 1972 season showing what was apparently a blue "MSU" logo worn on silver helmets shells. None of the photographs are clear enough to show whether there was any sort of outline around the blue letters, or whether any stripes were present.

During at least the 1986 and 1987 seasons, another helmet design was used for at least a few games - it featured a white helmet shell with a blue "MSU" logo, and an unknown sequence of stripes.

There is a gap in my records for the year 1990, and I do not know what helmet design was used that year.

*1 This design was used during at least games #4 and #9 of the 1988 season (vs Tulane and Southwestern Louisiana), while the navy blue helmet with the white "MSU" logo was used for games #3 and #7 in 1988 (vs. Louisville and Tennessee). It was also used for an unknown number of games during 1989.


RUTGERS

? - 1961? 1962? - 1965 1966
1967 - 1968 1969 1970
1971 1972 1973
1974 1975 - 1978 1978 - 1980?
1979 (some games) 1981 - 1984 1985 - 1986
1987 - 1995 1996 1997 - 2000
'B' 'C' 'D'
October 8, 2011;
October 29, 2011
October 21, 2011 November 12, 2011
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'A' 'F' 'G'
2001 - 2011 2012 - 2012 -
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'H' 'I' 'J'
2012 - September 8, 2012 November 10, 2012
*see note 6 below *see note 7 below *see note 8 below
'K' 'L' 'M'
September 7, 2013 2013 - November 2, 2013
*see note 9 below *see note 10 below *see note 12 below
'N'
2013 -

Through twelve games of the 2013 season Rutgers has used the following sequence of the above helmet designs: H-K-H; G-L-L; H-M-N; L-F-H.

In 2012 Rutgers used the following: F-I-F; F-G-H; F-H-J; F-F-G; F (the last of these being vs Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl at Orlando, FL).

In 2011 Rutgers used: A-A-A; A-B-A; C-B-A; D-A-A; A (the last of these being vs Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at New York, NY).

Two additional historical designs for Rutgers are shown in the photographs below:

The first, used in 1967 and 1968, features a decal depicting a knight atop a charging white horse; I would appreciate a copy of the artwork used on this decal. The photographs that I have of this design are not clear enough to reveal what colors were used on the decal; at least both black and white were present, but perhaps red also. The 1970 and 1971 helmets were nearly identical to this design, except that a white outline was then present around the edge of the logo.

The second photograph is of the 1972 Rutgers helmet, which featured an "RU" logo that probably incorporated the colors red, white, and black. I would need at least a color photograph clear enough to show the detail within the logo, and probably a copy of the "RU" logo itself, in order to add this one to the site.

In 1969, Rutgers used a version of the "100" logo that many other teams also used. In Rutgers' version, the football shape was yellow or gold in color, with white numerals that were outlined in some dark color. The football shape itself also had a white outline.

A couple of photographs from the very early 1960s show Rutgers using plain red helmets with a single darker stripe (probably black or blue in color).

*1 First worn October 8, 2011 (vs Pittsburgh); subsequently worn October 29, 2011 (vs West Virginia).

*2 Worn during the 2011 game at Louisville.

*3 Worn during the 2011 game vs Army at New York, NY.

*4 First worn September 1, 2012 (at Tulane).

*5 First worn October 6, 2012 (vs Connecticut).

*6 First worn October 13, 2012 (vs Syracuse).

*7 Worn during the 2012 home game vs Howard.

*8 Worn during the 2012 home game vs Army.

*9 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Norfolk State.

*10 First worn October 5, 2013 (at Southern Methodist).

*11 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Temple.


SOUTH FLORIDA

1997 - 2002 2003 - 2004 2005 - 2009
*see note 1 below
'B'
October 9, 2010 December 20, 2008;
subsequent games 2009-2010
2011 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below *see note 4 below
'C' 'D' 'A'
2011 - November 19, 2011 2011 -
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below *see note 7 below

Through eight games of the 2013 season USF has used the following sequence of helmet designs: A-A-C; B-A-A; A-C.

During the 2012 season USF used the following sequence: C-A-C; B-B-C; A-B-A; B-A-B.

In 2011 USF used: B-A-A; C-A-B; C-C-A; D-C-B.

The USF football program began at the NCAA Division I-AA level in 1997 and moved to Division I-A in 2001. All of the team's historical helmet designs are represented above.

*1 The helmet decal worn in 2004 may have been somewhat smaller than the one used in 2003.

*2 Used during the 2010 home game against Syracuse. Prior to the 2010 season a similar design (but with two differences) had been announced, but was apparently never actually used. The announced design had a black facemask rather than a green one, and a green outermost outline around the "U" logo rather than a black one.

*3 This design was used by USF on the following occasions: during the St. Petersburg Bowl game against Memphis at the end of the 2008 season; during a home game against Cincinnati on October 15, 2009; versus Northern Illinois during the International Bowl game in Toronto on January 2, 2010; and during all games of the 2010 season except October 9 vs Syracuse, when gold helmets were used.

*4 First worn September 3, 2011 at Notre Dame; subsequently worn October 15, 2011 (at Connecticut).

*5 First worn September 24, 2011 vs UTEP, subsequently worn October 22, 2011 (vs Cincinnati) and November 5, 2011 (at Rutgers).

*6 Worn during the 2011 home game vs Miami (FL).

*7 First worn September 10, 2011 vs Ball State; subsequently worn September 17, 2011 (vs Florida A&M), September 29, 2011 (at Pittsburgh), and November 11, 2011 (at Syracuse).


SOUTHERN METHODIST

? - 1966 1967 1968 - 1972
*see note 1 below
1973 - 1975 1989 - 1990 1991
*see note 2 below
1976 - 1986; 1992 - 1996 1997 - 1999 2003
2004 - 2007 2000 - 2002; 2008 - 2011 November 16, 2013
2012 -

*1 This design was in use by at least 1963, but I do not have much information yet for SMU from the years 1960-1962, other than that the team may have used white helmets with numerals of some unknown darker color during part of this period.

*2 The football program at SMU was shut down entirely during 1987 and 1988 by the NCAA for rules violations committed by the university, hence the two-year gap prior to this design being used.


TEMPLE

1960 - 1965 1966 1967 - 1969
1970 - 1971 1972 - 1979 1994 - 1995
1996 - 1997 1998 - 1999 2000 - 2003
'A'
1989 - 1993; 2004 - 2006 1980 - 1988; 2007 - 2010 2011 -
'F' 'B' 'C'
2013 - 2013 - 2013 -
'D' 'E' 'G'
2013 - 2013 - 2013 -
*see note 1 below
'H'
2013 -

During the 2013 season Temple has used eight of the above helmet designs through nine games in the following sequence: F-B-C; A-D-E; G-H-D.

The color of Temple's football helmets was changed from what I would call "red" during the mid-1960s to a much darker color that I would refer to as "maroon" by at least the mid-1970s (though the university refers to this color as "cherry"). I think it is possible that the team may have used some intermediate color between these two during approximately the period 1969-1970, but I do not have enough clear color photographs from this era to say so conclusively. In particular, I believe that the helmet design labelled "1967 - 1969" above may also have been used with helmet shells of a somewhat darker color of red, though not so dark as the design used beginning in 1972. I do have a rather clear photo of the 1967 - 1969 decal being used on helmets that are quite clearly red during the 1967 season.

A couple of people have sent me a photograph from Playboy Magazine showing that publication's 1972 All-American team; the photograph shows Temple player Skip Singletary with a white helmet with a dark red "T" logo. I do not think this design was ever actually used by Temple, as I have seen no photographs from game situations showing such a design in use; all of the photographs that I do have from the team's games in 1972 show the maroon helmet with "TEMPLE" in white letters being used.

*1 First worn October 11, 2013 (at Cincinnati). During this game the "liberty bell" logo was worn only on the left side of each helmet; the usual "T" logo was worn on the right sides.


UCF

1979 - 1980 1981 - 1982 1983 - 1984
1985 - 1994 1995 1996 - 2002
2003 - 2006 2007 -

The first Central Florida football team played at the NCAA Division III level in 1979. UCF moved to Division II for the 1982 season, then to Division I-AA in 1990, and to Division I-A in 1996. This is believed to be the complete set of historical helmet designs for this team.