Conference USA


East Division

CHARLOTTE FLORIDA ATLANTIC FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
"49ers" "Owls" "Panthers"
Charlotte, NC Boca Raton, FL Miami, FL
MARSHALL MIDDLE TENNESSEE
STATE
OLD DOMINION
"Thundering Herd" "Blue Raiders" "Monarchs"
Huntington, WV Murfreesboro, TN Norfolk, VA
WESTERN KENTUCKY
"Hilltoppers"
Bowling Green, KY

West Division

LOUISIANA TECH NORTH TEXAS RICE
"Bulldogs" "Mean Green" "Owls"
Ruston, LA Denton, TX Houston, TX
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI UAB UTEP
"Golden Eagles" "Blazers" "Miners"
Hattiesburg, MS Birmingham, AL El Paso, TX
UTSA
"Roadrunners"
San Antonio, TX

Historical Helmets

CHARLOTTE

'B' 'C' 'A'
2014 - 2014 - 2015 2013 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2015 - 2016 2016 -
'G'
2017 -

The Charlotte football team first played in 2013 and has used the following sequences of helmet designs:


FLORIDA ATLANTIC

2001 - 2004 2005 - 2011 2012
'A'
2013 November 23, 2013 2014
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'B' 'C' 'D'
2014 2014 2015 -
'E' 'F' 'G' (and 'G1')
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
'H' 'I' 'J'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below *see note 7 below

During recent years Florida Atlantic has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

2001 was the first football season for FAU.

*1 Numerals are present on the left side only of this design, with an "owl" logo on the right side (as shown below).

*2 Numerals are present on the left side of this design only, with an "owl" logo on the right side (as shown below).

*3 The state outline logo is worn on the left side only of this design; the right side features an "owl" logo (as shown below).

*4 Designs 'G' and 'G1' both have the state outline logo on the left side only; the right sides differ (as shown below).

'G' 'G1'

*5 The state outline logo is worn on the left side only of this design; the right side features an "owl" logo (as shown below).

*6 The state outline logo is worn on the left side only of this design; the right side has an "owl" logo and hence resembles design 'F' above.

*7 The state outline logo is worn on the left side only of this design; the right side has uniform numerals (as shown below).


FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

'A' 'B'
2002 - 2007 2008 - 2015 -
'C' 'D' 'E'
2016 2016 2017 -
'F' 'G'
2017 - 2017 -

During recent years Florida International has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: A-A-E; A-E-F; E-E-G; E-B-B; B (the last game being vs Temple in the Gasparilla Bowl at Saint Petersburg, FL)
  • 2016: A-C-C; B-B-D; C-A-C; D-B-C
  • 2015: A-A-B; B-A-B; B-B-B; B-B-B


LOUISIANA TECH

? - 1967 1969 1968 - c.early 1980s; c.1989
*see note 1 below
c.mid 1980s - 1988 c.early 1990s - 2006 2007
*see note 2 below
'B' 'C'
2008 - 2012 2013 - 2014 2014
'D' 'E' 'A'
2014 - 2015 2015 2013 - 2014
'F' 'G' 'H'
2015 - 2016 2016 - 2016
*see note 3 below
'I' 'J'
2016 - 2017 -
*see note 3 below

During recent years Louisiana Tech has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: G-G-G; G-G-J; J-G-G; I-G-G; G (the last game being vs SMU in the Frisco Bowl at Frisco, TX)
  • 2016: G-G-F; G-H-G; G-G-G; H-G-G; G-I (the last two games being vs Western Kentucky in the Conference USA Championship game at Bowling Green, KY and vs Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, TX)
  • 2015: D-E-D; F-D-D; D-E-D; D-D-D; D (the last game being vs Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl at New Orleans, LA)
  • 2014: A-A-B; A-A-C; B-D-A; D-D-A; D-D (the last two games being vs Marshall in the Conference USA championship game at Huntington, WV, and vs Illinois in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Dallas, TX)
  • 2013: A-A-A; A-B-A; A-A-A; A-A-A

*1 The "100" logo was worn only on the left sides of the Louisiana Tech helmets in 1969, with the state outline logo worn on the right sides.

*2 The earliest and latest seasons from which I have seen photographs showing stripes on the red helmet are 1985 and 1988, respectively

*3 'F' and 'J' differ in that 'F' has two narrow red stripes between the middle blue stripe and the outer white stripes, while 'J' does not have these red stripes.


MARSHALL

1959 - 1961 1963 - 1964 1965
1965 1965 1966 - 1967
1968 1969 1970
*see note 1 below
1971 1972 - 1975? 1975
1976 1977 - 1982? c.1983
1984 - 1985 1986 - 1988 1989
1990 - 1992 1993 - 2008 October 28, 2008;
November 29, 2008;
2009
*see note 2 below
2013 (games #10 - #13);
November 15, 2014;
November 14, 2015
December 27, 2013 October 3, 2015
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
2010 -

In 1965 Marshall appears to have used at least three different helmet designs. At the beginning of the season and possibly again at the end, the team apparently used plain green helmets with a single white stripe and no decals or numerals on the sides. Two different logos were used during the middle of the football season; below are photographs of these two designs:

The first picture shows a decal that I could not identify, but a couple of people have written to say that the logo is a "bison head" whose overall appearance is similar to that of the "Elmer's glue cow". I would appreciate a clearer photograph than this one, which is probably the best I have yet received showing this logo. It was used for at least three or four games in 1965.

Apparently later in the year, Marshall switched to the "buffalo" decal shown in the second photograph. This photo appears to suggest that there was a yellow "shadow" on the underparts of the buffalo, but I consider this feature to be uncertain. Clearer photographs of this one would also be appreciated.

Here is a link to a set of drawings of historical Marshall helmets, along with comments, put together by the Herald-Dispatch newspaper.

*1 A taller "M" logo is visible on some helmets in photographs from some games during the 1968 season; I do not yet have enough different pictures to say whether these two "M"s were used simultaneously, or if a switch from one to the other was made at some point in 1968.

*2 This design was first worn during home games against Houston and Tulsa in 2008.

*3 The numerals "75" were worn on the left side of each Marshall helmet during the November 14, 2013 game at Tulsa as a tribute to the 75 victims of the November 14, 1970 airplane crash which claimed the lives of 36 Marshall football players, nine coaching staff members, and thirty other passengers and crewmembers; the traditional "M" logo remained in place on the right side during this game. The same design was again used during Marshall's next three games in 2013: at Florida International on November 23, vs East Carolina on November 29, and at Rice in the Conference USA championship game on December 7. The design was used again during the November 15, 2014 home game vs Rice and during the November 14, 2015 home game vs Florida International.

*4 For Marshall's appearance in the 2013 Military Bowl (vs Maryland at Annapolis, MD) the team retained the "75" numerals worn in late 2013 (see note 3 above) but altered the helmet design to have a red/white/blue/white/red stripe sequence (with white stars along the blue stripe), and a "United States flag" design within the "M" logo worn on the right side of the helmet (like that of the October 3, 2015 design shown above).


MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE

1960 - 1963 1964 1965 - 1966
1967 - 1968 1969 1970
1972 1971 - 1973 1974
*see note 1 below
1975 1976 1977
1978 1979 - 1981 1982 - 1998
'A' 'B'
1999 2000 - 2014 2012 - 2013
'C' 'D' 'E'
2013 2013 2014 -
'F' 'G' 'H'
2014 - 2014 - 2014
'I' 'J' 'K'
2014 - 2014 - 2015 -
'L' 'M'
2015 - 2015 -

In 2015 Middle Tennessee used the following sequence of helmet designs: K-E-F; E-G-J; K-G-L; J-E-F; M (the last game being vs Western Michigan in the Bahamas Bowl at Nassau, Bahamas).

In 2014 MTSU used: A-E-F; I-J-G; E-J-E; G-H-F.

In 2013 MTSU used: A-A-B; C-A-A; A-B-C; D-B-B; D (the last game being vs Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, TX).

In 2012 MTSU used: A-A-A; A-A-A; A-B-A; A-B-A.

*1 MTSU used plain white helmets during at least games #3 and #7 of the 1972 season, but the design labelled "1971 - 1973" above was used during game #10.


NORTH TEXAS

? - c.1963 1964 - 1966
1967 c.1968 - 1971 1972
1973 - 1978 1979 - 1982 1983 - 1993
*see note 1 below
1994 1996 - 1997 1995; 1998 - 2000
*see note 2 below *see note 2 below
2001 - 2003 2003 - 2004 2005 - 2006
*see note 3 below
'A' 'B'
2007 - 2010 2011 - 2013 August 31, 2013
'C' 'D' 'E'
2013 2013 2014 - 2016
*see note 4 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2014 - 2016 2015 - 2016 2016
*see note 4 below
'I' 'J' 'K'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
*see note 4 below
'L'
2017 -

During recent years North Texas has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: E-J-I; J-I-J; E-J-H; K-L-H; J-K (the last two games being vs Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA championship game at Boca Raton, FL, and vs Troy in the New Orleans Bowl at New Orleans, LA)
  • 2016: G-G-G; F-G-G; E-G-G; F-H-H; H (the final game being vs Army in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Dallas, TX)
  • 2015: G-F-E; G-G-F; E-E-E; E-G-F
  • 2014: E-E-F; E-F-E; E-E-E; F-F-E
  • 2013: B-A-A; A-A-A; A-A-C; C-A-A; D (the last game being vs UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Dallas, TX)

I do not yet have any information for North Texas for the years 1960 and 1961. In 1962, the team used white helmets with uniform numerals of some unknown color (probably green) on the sides; no stripes are visible in the photographs that I have from 1962. The team used plain white helmets during at least one game in 1963 (vs Cincinnati).

*1 During part of the period when this logo was in use, a completely white version of it, without the yellow parts, may have been used; this has been reported to me but not confirmed with photographic evidence.

*2 The difference between these two helmets is probably not readily apparent: the 1996 - 1997 helmet included two navy blue stripes flanking the central white stripe.

*3 Black facemasks were first used during the October 30 game against Troy State.

*4 Clarification of differences: 'D' (used only once - January 1, 2014 vs UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl) is a shiny black helmet with a pattern of fine parallel lines and a highly-reflective green eagle logo; 'F' is a 'normal' shiny black helmet without the line texture of 'D' but with a very broad 'stripe' composed apparently of many tiny silver 'eagles' in rows and with a 'normal' green eagle logo; 'J' is a non-shiny or 'matte' black helmet with no stripe and with a 'normal' green eagle. Below are photographs of these designs.


OLD DOMINION

'A' 'B' 'C'
2009 - 2012 2011 2012
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E' 'F' (and 'F1')
2012 2013 2013 -
*see note 2 below
'G' 'H' 'I'
2013 2014 - 2015 2015
'J' 'K' 'L'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'M'
2017 -

During recent years ODU has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: L-L-L; M-F1-J; J-L-L; K-K-J
  • 2016: D-J-F1; F1-D-D; D-D-J; D-J-J; K (the last game being vs Eastern Michigan in the Bahamas Bowl at Nassau, Bahamas)
  • 2015: H-H-I; I-I-F1; F1-H-H; H-H-H
  • 2014: F-H-H; H-F-F; F-H-H; H-F-H
  • 2013: E-F-E; E-F-E; F-G-F; F-F-G
  • 2012: C-C-A; A-A-C; A-A-C; A-A-C; D (the last two games being home playoff games vs Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern)
  • 2011: A-B-B; B-B-B; B-B-B; B-B-B; B (the last two games being playoff games vs Norfolk State and at Georgia Southern)

2009 was the first year for the ODU football team, which competed at the Division I-FCS level for four years before moving to FBS in 2013.

*1 Stripes were added to ODU's helmets for the team's second game of the 2011 season (at Georgia State); the stripes were not present during the team's previous game a week earlier (vs Campbell).

*2 The Virginia state outline is present on the left side only of designs "F" and "F1"; the right sides of these two designs feature silver or "mirror"-like uniform numerals of two different styles (as represented below).

'F' 'F1'

RICE

c.mid 1950s - 1964 1965 - 1966 1967 - 1970
1971 - 1975 1976 1977
1978 1979 - 1981 1982
1983 1984 1984
*see note 1 below
1985 1986 - 1989 1990 - 1993
1994 - 1996 1997 - 2005 2006
    'B'
October 16, 2010;
October 23, 2010;
October 22, 2011
September 10, 2011 2012
'C' 'D' (and 'D1') 'A'
2012 - 2012 - 2007 - 2012
*see note 2 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2012 December 31, 2013 2015 -
'H'
2016 -

During recent years Rice has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: D-D-D1; D-D-H; G-C-D; D-D-D
  • 2016: G-H-D; D-D-D; C-C-D; D-D-D
  • 2015: D-G-D; D-D-D; E-C-D; D-D-G
  • 2014: D-D-D; D-C-C; D-D-D; D-D-D; D (the last game being vs Fresno State in the Hawai'i Bowl at Honolulu, HI)
  • 2013: D-D-D; D-D-D; D-C-C; D-D-D; D-F (the last two games being vs Marshall in the Conference USA championship game at Houston, TX, and vs Mississippi State in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis, TN)
  • 2012: A-A-A; A-A-A; B-B-C; D-D-D; E (the last game being vs Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, TX)

To the best of my knowledge, the above are all of the different helmet designs used by Rice during the period covered by this site (1960 to present).

*1 The decal on this helmet was used for only the first two games of the 1984 season (vs Minnesota and Lamar); the logo was modified for the third game, and that version was used for the remainder of the 1984 season.

*2 Design 'D' has the Old English 'R' on both sides; 'D1' has the 'R' on the left side only while the right side bears a logo commemorating those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Houston area in late August 2017 (as depicted below).


SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

c.1960s c.1969 - 1971 c.1973 - 1974
1975 - ? 1977? - 1981? 1986
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1982 - 1987 1988 - 1989 1990 - 2002
'A' 'B' 'C'
2003 - 2010;
2011 (games 1 - 3)
2011 (games 4 - 6) 2011 (games 7 - 9)
*see note 3 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
2011 (games 10 - 12) December 3, 2011 December 24, 2011
'G' 'H' 'I'
2012 2012 2013
'J' 'K' 'L'
2015 - 2016 - 2017 -
'M' 'N' 'O'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
'P'
2017 -

During recent years Southern Mississippi has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: L-L-M; N-K-O; J-P-L; J-J-A; A (the last game being vs Florida State in the Independence Bowl at Shreveport, LA)
  • 2016: J-J-J; J-J-J; J-J-J; J-K-J; J (the last game being vs Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl at New Orleans, LA)
  • 2015: J (entire season)
  • 2014: A (entire season)
  • 2013: A-I-I; I-A-A; A-A-A; A-A-I
  • 2012: A-?-A; A-A-A; G-G-G; G-H-G
  • 2011: A1-A1-A1; B-B-B; C-C-C; D-D-D; E-F (the last two games being vs Houston in the Conference USA championship game at Houston, TX, and vs Nevada in the Hawai'i Bowl at Honolulu, HI)

I have received very little information for USM for the years prior to about 1980, and there are several other known helmet designs which I have been unable to add to the site due to insufficient information.

I have no information whatsoever for 1960 and 1961 (also 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1972, and 1976), but by at least 1962 the team wore dark-colored numerals (almost certainly black) on helmet shells that I think were almost certainly gold in color (assuming the school colors have not changed since then). Having no color photographs from these years, I cannot rule out the possibility that the helmets might have been yellow or silver, particularly since the team did use yellow helmets a few years later.

The 1975 helmet featured a "USM" logo similar or identical to the one shown on the "c.1969 - c.1971" helmet above, but I am unsure about the helmet shell color, which may have been gold rather than yellow. Below is a photo from 1975:

There certainly may have been some other designs used by the team through the years; any additional information would be appreciated.

*1 Possibly several designs were used during the period 1977 through 1981 - the facemask color may have been gray initially, the logo may have changed slightly in 1980 or 1981, and the color white may have appeared in the logo during some years.

*2 The numerals "25" were added to each player's helmet for the 1986 season as a tribute to Eric Sorey, a member of the team who died during a preseason practice; 25 was Sorey's uniform number. To be precise, the numerals were worn only on one side of the helmet, the right side rather than the left as shown here.

*3 During the first three games of the 2011 season the "SOUTHERN MISS" logo was replaced on the right side of the helmets with numerals (as represented below).


UAB

1991 1992 1993
1994 1995 1996 - 2002
2003 - 2007 2008 - 2011 November 17, 2012
'I' 'J' 'B'
2012 - 2013 2013 2014
'A' 'C' 'D'
2014 2017 - 2017 -
'E' 'F' 'G'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
'H'
2017 -

During recent years UAB has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: C-D-C; E-F-E; G-G-E; E-H-H; F (the last game being vs Ohio in the Bahamas Bowl at Nassau, Bahamas)
  • 2016 and 2015: [no team these two years]
  • 2014: A-B-A; A-B-B; B-A-B; A-B-B
  • 2013: J-I-J; J-I-J; I-J-I; I-J-I

1991 was the first football season for the UAB football team.


UTEP

1960 - 1961 1962 1963 - 1964
1965 1966 1967 - 1970
1971 1972 1973
1974 - 1976 1977 1978 - 1979
1980 - 1981 1982 (early season) 1982 - 1985
*see note 1 below
1986 - 1987 1988 - 1990 1991
'A'
1992 - 1998 1999 2000 -
'B' 'C' 'D'
2014 - 2016 - 2017 -

During recent years UTEP has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: C-D-C; D-C-B; D-A-D; A-C-C
  • 2016: C-A-A; C-A-A; A-B-C; B-B-C
  • 2015: A-A-A; B-B-A; A-A-A; A-A-A
  • 2014: A-A-A; A-A-B; B-B-B; B-B-B; B (the last game being vs Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque, NM)

*1 UTEP did not use a helmet logo during at least its first five games in 1982; a new 'UTEP' logo was used by at least game #7 (October 16 at Arizona State). I have not located any photographs from game #6 (October 9 at UNLV).


UTSA

'A'
2011 - 2012 November 9, 2013 November 24 2012;
2013 -
'B' 'C' 'D'
2014 - 2012 2014 - 2015 2014
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2015 2015 2016 -
'H' 'I' 'J'
2016 2017 - 2017 -

During recent years UTSA has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2017: G-G-A; G-A-G; A-I-G; A-J
  • 2016: A-G-A; G-A-A; A-H-A; A-A-A; A
  • 2015: B-A-A; A-B-A; A-C-A; C-E-F
  • 2014: B-A-A; B-B-A; A-B-C; D-B-A

2011 was the first football season for UTSA.

*1 Uniform numerals were used only on the left side of this design; the right side features a "roadrunner" logo (as shown below).

*2 Uniform numerals were used only on the left side of this design; the right side features a "roadrunner" logo (as shown below).


WESTERN KENTUCKY

c.1970s c.1980s c.1997
? - 2002 September 10, 2005 2003 - 2006
*see note 1 below
2007 - 2010 September 10, 2011 2011 - 2012
'A' 'B' 'C'
2013 - 2016 - 2016 -

In 2017 WKU used two of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: A-A-A; B-B-A; A-A-A; B-A-A; A (the last game being vs Georgia State in the Cure Bowl at Orlando, FL).

In 2016 WKU used: A-B-A; A-A-A; B-A-A; C-A-A; A-A (the last two games being vs Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA championship game at Bowling Green, KY, and vs Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl at Boca Raton, FL).

*1 This design was used during the 2005 home game against Eastern Kentucky and reportedly several other games that year (which ones?).