Helmets of Future College Teams


This page contains announced helmet designs for college teams that will begin varsity play in the year 2015 or later; there were seven new teams in 2014. The new teams for the 2014 season were Arizona Christian (an NAIA independent team in 2014 and a member of the NAIA Central States Football League in 2015), College of Idaho (NAIA Frontier Conference), George Fox (NCAA Division III Northwest Conference), Limestone (NCAA Division II independent team), Missouri Baptist (NAIA independent team), Paine (NCAA Divison II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2014, but now defunct), and Southeastern (NAIA The Sun Conference).

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! If there is any doubt, I would prefer that you wait until shortly before the team plays its first game!

One fact that has become 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 helmet designs. There is little reason to send me photographs from these future teams' web sites unless they are accompanied by a caption indicating that a helmet design which the team will actually use is shown - besides, I've probably already seen them.

The following four-year colleges and universities have announced that they will be adding varsity football programs either in 2015 or subsequent years (first year of play in parentheses):

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 2015

EAST TENNESSEE STATE

Football returns to ETSU in 2015 following a twelve-year absence. The "Buccaneers" use blue and gold as their team colors and the above helmet design has been announced for future use by the team. First game: September 3 vs Kennesaw State


FINLANDIA

The Finlandia "Lions" school colors are blue and white; I have not received any specific information about a helmet design for the team but people have sent me photographs from the team web site showing a royal blue helmet with white facemask and with a white "lion head" logo on the sides. First game: September 5 vs Alma


KENNESAW STATE

The above design was announced in September 2013 for future use by the Kennesaw State "Owls". First game: September 3 at East Tennessee State


LYON

Lyon's team nickname will be the "Scots" and the schools colors are listed as crimson, navy blue, and 'vegas' gold. I have not yet received any information as to a helmet design for this team but there are photographs at the team website showing the team practicing in dark blue helmets with a logo on the side consisting of a red "L" and a white heraldic lion. First game: August 29 vs Tabor


New Junior College Teams for 2015

ASA COLLEGE MIAMI

This team will apparently be called the "Silver Storm". I have not received any information as to whether a helmet design has been chosen for the team.


NORTHLAND C.T.C.

This junior college team will return in 2015 following a one-year absence. I have not received any information about the team's helmet design for 2015, but the team used white helmets in 2013 and previous years with a series of different logos. First game: August 29 vs Vermilion C.C.


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.)