Helmets of Future College Teams
This page contains announced helmet designs for college teams that will begin varsity play in the year 2023 or later; there were two new college teams in 2022-2023. The new teams for the 2022-2023 season were Hilbert College (an NCAA Division III independent team) and North American University (an NAIA independent team). Helmet images for the new-for-2022 teams have been moved to their respective 'conference' pages.
If you are associated with one of these future teams and have information about what the team's helmet design will look like, I would certainly appreciate hearing from you, but PLEASE wait until a ***FINAL*** decision is made about what the helmets will look like!
One fact which became abundantly clear to me after having worked on this web site for several years is that many colleges will put together for ceremonies associated with the arrival of varsity football some sort of helmet design that is never really intended to be a "prototype" design for the team; it would probably be better to call such a helmet a "prop" helmet. It is my impression that decisions about actual helmet designs are usually reserved for the head coach to make, and rarely will a head coach have been named as soon as a decision is made to institute a team. So, without additional information to indicate otherwise, I do not consider photographs from "football introduction festivities" showing "prop" helmets to be reliable information about actual future helmet designs.
The following colleges and universities have announced that they will be adding varsity football programs either in 2023 or subsequent years (first year of play in parentheses):
- Anderson University (Anderson, SC), NCAA Division II / South Atlantic Conference (2024)
- Calvin University (Grand Rapids, MI) NCAA Division III (2023)
- Centenary College (Shreveport, LA), NCAA Division III / Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (likely 2024)
- Eastern University (St. Davids, PA), NCAA Division III / Middle Atlantic Conference (2023)
- Schreiner University (Kerrville, TX), NCAA Division III / Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (2025)
- Simpson University (Redlands, CA), NAIA ("scrimmage season" in 2023, apparently full NAIA in 2024)
- Thomas University (Thomasville, GA), NAIA / The Sun Conference (2023)
- University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX), NCAA Division I (2025)
- West Virginia University Tech (Beckley, WV), NAIA(?) (first year undetermined)
- Community Christian College (Redlands, CA), NJCAA (2023???)
There certainly may be others as well which I have not heard about, so please let me know if you have any additions! (including colleges in Canada and junior or community colleges).
New teams for the 2023 season
This team will be known as the "Knights" and the school colors are listed as maroon and gold.
A club football team is playing for this school in 2022 but the 2023 team will be an NCAA Division III team participating in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The 2022 team appears to be using maroon helmets with a "wing" logo on the sides. Maroon and white are the school colors.
This team will be called the "Night Hawks" and the school colors are listed as green, black, and white.
Other colleges which may start football teams
Below are listed some other colleges which may be adding football as a varsity sport in the near future, or which at least appear to be considering doing so, and some others which have recently rejected the idea. For each of these, it is my impression that the addition of football is not yet a certainty. (There are probably many others besides those listed here; reports about additional schools, both in the United States and Canada, would be appreciated.) I usually purge entries from this list after a decade or so if nothing happens.
- University of Arkansas-Little Rock - As of April 2017 UALR is performing a "feasibility study" regarding the addition of an intercollegiate football team. If formed, a UALR team would likely play its home games at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, where Arkansas currently plays one home game per year. (source: http://arkansas.247sports.com/Bolt/Could-new-college-football-program-come-to-Arkansas-52242934 )
- Atlantis University (Miami, FL) - a job ad posted at footballscoop.com on May 23, 2021 read in part: "Atlantis, a current club program that plans to transition to NAIA within the next three years is looking for dedicated, loyal, experienced and caring coaches that are great recruiters to help build AU into a CHAMPIONSHIP program" (source: https://footballscoop.com/the-scoop-2/the-scoop-sunday-may-23-2021/ )
- Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY) - this school considered in March 2016 the addition of a football team, which would play at the NCAA Division II level if it comes to fruition (source: https://insiderlouisville.com/government/bellarmine-investing/ )
- Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN) - Football is being considered for this Minnesota college; the following appeared in an article dated 2017 August 21 at the college's website: "The Bethany Lutheran College Board of Regents thanks the Football Feasibility Study Task Force, Athletic Director Don Westphal, and the college administration for their outstanding work in studying and putting together a comprehensive report on the feasibility of starting the sport of football on the Bethany campus. There were several positive findings from the study that encourage the Regents to continue the investigation of adding football. Some questions remain unknown, however, such as whether Bethany can secure the facilities to operate a program. Therefore, for the time being we're going to continue to study and research football, as well as explore other potential program options, both athletic and non-athletic. The Regents will continue to study the topic in follow-up reports at its future quarterly meetings this academic year." (source: http://blcvikings.com/news/2017/8/21/general-update-on-football-study-at-bethany.aspx )
- Chicago State University (Chicago, IL) - CSU has initiated a feasibility study considering the addition of football as an intercollegiate sport (source: Laurence Holmes, via twitter, November 3, 2021: https://twitter.com/LaurenceWHolmes/status/1455997799833686020 )
- Coker University (Hartsville, SC) - In July 2019 this university completed a "football feasibility study" but has not yet announced a decision as to whether an intercollegiate football team will be formed. A Coker football team would play at the NCAA Division II, presumably in the South Atlantic Conference, of which the school is a member for other sports.
- Hood College (Frederick, MD) - Since 2014 this Maryland college has been considering the addition of an intercollegiate football team; an announcement of some sort is possible in June 2017 (source: http://www.theblueandgrey.com/index.php/2016/10/05/hood-college-football-team-is-it-feasible/ ).
- John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR) - Football as an intercollegiate sport is a "possibility" for this NAIA school in Arkansas (source: http://advocate.jbu.edu/?q=node/272).
- Maryland-Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD) - This Historically Black college announced on September 20, 2012 the "formation of a task force to help the institution assess a study that outlines what fielding an NCAA Division I football team would take". UMES had a football team previously, which played its last season in 1979. (source: http://hbcusportscentral.com/2012/09/21/umes-explores-football-program-revival/)
- University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA) - "The University of New Orleans is looking into building a new stadium on the lakefront and forming a football program at the school. The earliest those two things could happen would be 2025. In the meantime, the school needs to get students to approve a flat fee increase to their costs of $300 for part-time students and $400 for full-time students in a vote on Nov. 9 to fund the new team. University officials say the stadium itself would be privately funded." - (source: WDSU-6 News article dated September 26, 2022: https://www.wdsu.com/article/university-of-new-orleans-looking-into-adding-football-team-and-building-new-lakefront-stadium/41380263 )
- University of North Florida (Jacksonville) - This university may eventually have an intercollegiate football team - perhaps even at the NCAA Division I level - but probably not before the late 2020s: "The future of University of North Florida’s (UNF) football program is facing a third and long. Four and a half years ago, the university’s top leader called adding football 'inevitable.' Now, UNF President John Delaney says UNF could be a decade or two away from having a football team. 'It's actually inevitable. It's just a question is it in a few years or 10 or 15,' Delaney told First Coast News in the 2013. 'I think it is going to be a while before we add football,' Delaney says now, admitting the decision to pass on the sport wasn’t popular with everyone"...
"Delaney believes the university needs its student population to double before it can successfully field a football team. 15,975 students attended UNF in the fall of 2016. 'If you get to 25,000 or 30,000 you can make that work,' he said. '25,000 is a little bit harder and 30,000 makes it work, but we don’t want to get to 30,000. We want to stay a mid-sized university that gives you the advantages of a small school.' In January 2013, Delany asked the UNF Board of Trustees for permission to begin discussions about the possibility of starting a football program. By April 2013, the decision to pass on football was made. Delaney says the decision was made after the numbers were crunched and students were polled." (source: https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/sports/unf-open-to-a-football-future-even-if-it-might-take-awhile/77-469419983 )
- St. Leo University (St. Leo, FL) - In January 2019 this Tampa-area school held a series of "focus group" meetings to consider the instatement of an intercollegiate football team; apparently no decision has yet been made. The school had a team previously which was apparently a club-level team; it last played in 1980 or 1981. A new St. Leo team would presumably play at the NCAA Division II level.
- Talladega College (Talladega, AL) - "The Talladega College Board of Trustees authorized Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins to employ a consultant to determine the feasibility of reviving the institution’s football program. Trustees voted in favor of conducting a feasibility study during the institution’s spring board meeting on April 30, 2021.
Talladega seized the Black College Football National Championship in both 1920 and 1921. While the institution’s illustrious football program was canceled 80 years ago, during World War II, the upcoming study may help usher in a new era of football for Alabama’s first private historically black college.
'The year 2021 marks the one hundred year anniversary of our historic back-to-back championship win,' said Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins. 'Given the success of our academic and athletic programs; the recent growth and transformation of the college; and the myriad benefits of having a football program, now may be the time to revive our team. This could be great for the college, the community, and central Alabama. However, our decision will be based upon the findings of a formal feasibility study.' (source: http://www.talladega.edu/news/talladega-college-explores-feasibility-of-reviving-football-program/ (articled dated 2021 May 13))
- University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX) - As of October 2018 UTA is again considering the reinstatement of its intercollegiate football team, which last played in 1985: "UTA president Vistasp Karbhari and athletic director Jim Baker have examined the costs of adding a football team within the next 10 years, according to documents obtained through an open records request. In addition to football, the Mavericks have also looked at adding women's soccer and beach volleyball. In 1985, the university disbanded its football program because of budget constraints. In a statement provided Thursday, Baker said the university is seeking an additional feasibility study from a third party. Baker also said the football program 'must be exclusively funded by private, philanthropic resources' and exclude any additional money from student fees. " A UTA football team would likely begin play at the NCAA FCS level before eventually transitioning to FBS. The university previously considered creation of a football team in 2004 but rejected the idea at that time. (source: https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesports/2018/10/25/exclusive-ut-arlington-considering-reviving-football-program-30-years-after-disbanded )
- Utah Valley University (Orem, UT) - The student body at this college appears to have a strong interest in adding an intercollegiate football team, but the administration has concerns pertaining to the cost and to the likely degree of community support for such a team. "'The big problem is just the limited resources we have and the fact that we're needing to finance our current athletic programs. We've got to take care of those first,' (UVU President William A.) Sederburg said. 'Then we need to figure out how to get the attendance up and make sure that we can do it right.'
UVU is still trying to establish its athletic teams at the NCAA Division I level, the president said, and he doesn't want to disrupt that by trying to work football into the mix. 'My sense is we're not ready to go there,' Sederburg said. 'The students are pushing it, and we have an obligation to pay attention to what the students are saying. I think in time UVU will have a football team, but probably not in the near future.'" If established, the UVU team would compete at the NCAA Division I-AA level. (Source: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635168661,00.html)
- Wichita State University (Wichita, KS) - Administrators at WSU are considering a reinstatement of football as an intercollegiate sport (as of December 2015); among the obstacles facing such a return of football would be the need for a new stadium. (source: http://www.kansas.com/sports/college/wichita-state/article48764285.html )
- Winthrop (Rock Hill, SC) - The administration of this university considered instituting an intercollegiate football team for several years but opted to not do so in June 2016 (source: http://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/education/winthrop-news/article83090747.html ).
- University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: The institution of an intercollegiate football team at this university has been discussed in 2018 by the school's administration (source: https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/2018/10/23/uwgb-ad-charles-guthries-first-year-football-part-future/1739232002/ )
- Wright State University (Dayton, OH) - this school was apparently considering the addition of an intercollegiate football team in December 2021 (source: https://wsuguardian.com/football-at-wright-state-board-of-trustees-hears-possible-changes-to-athletics/ )
- Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) - this university confirmed to local tv station WKRC that there are "talks of bringing back football" at the university (source: https://local12.com/news/local/xavier-university-considering-bringing-back-football-program-musketeers-season-1973-xu-athletics-vic-nolting-corcoran-field-division-1-scholarship-program-athletes-cincinnati-ohio ). Xavier had a football team previously (most recently in 1973); a new team would likely play in NCAA Division I-Football Championship Subdivision with the Pioneer Football League mentioned as a possible destination.