Helmets of Future College Teams


This page contains announced helmet designs for college teams that will begin varsity play in the year 2014 or later; the new teams for 2013 have been moved to their various conference pages. The thirteen new teams for 2013 were UNC Charlotte and Houston Baptist (both NCAA Division I - Football Championship Subdivision independents), Mercer and Stetson (both of the NCAA Division I - Football Championship Subdivision Pioneer Football League), Florida Tech (NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference), Alderson-Broaddus (NCAA Division II independent), Berry College and Hendrix College (both of the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association), Southwestern (TX) (NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference), Oklahoma Baptist (NAIA Central States Football League), Reinhardt (NAIA Mid-South Conference), Warner (NAIA independent team), and Carleton (Canada Interuniversity Sport Ontario University Athletics).

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 2014 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 2014

ARIZONA CHRISTIAN

The ACU team will be called the "Firestorm" and the school colors are "ACU Red" and "Firestorm Yellow". I have no information as to whether a helmet design has been selected for the team.


GEORGE FOX

The above helmet design was announced in October 2013 for future use by the George Fox "Bruins", who use navy blue and old gold as their school colors.


COLLEGE OF IDAHO

The College of Idaho team will be called the "Yotes" and the team colors are purple and gold. Photographs at the team's website show the team practicing in gold helmets during Fall 2013.


LIMESTONE

The Limestone College team will be known as the "Saints" and will use blue and gold as the team colors. The design shown above has been announced as the one which will be used by the team.


MISSOURI BAPTIST

The MBU football team will be called the "Spartans" and the team colors will be navy blue and white. No helmet design information has been received but there is a photograph at the team's website showing a navy blue helmet with white facemask and with a white "spartan helmet" logo (similar to the one used by San Jose State) on the sides.


PAINE

The Paine College team will be known as the "Lions" and the school colors are purple and white. A club-level team played in 2013 and apparently used grey helmets with a white "P" logo on the sides; the team may have also used purple helmets with a white "lion" logo (photographs of both such designs may be seen at the team's website).


SOUTHEASTERN

Southeastern's team will be called the "Fire" and will use black and red as the team colors. The team has practiced in black helmets during fall of 2013 but no specific information about the 2014 helmet design has been received.


WEST GEORGIA TECH

The WGTC team will be called the "Golden Knights" and will use black and gold as the team colors. During a series of exhibition games in 2013 the team used black helmets with yellow facemasks and with a "knight head" logo on the sides.


New Team for 2015

KENNESAW STATE

The above design was announced in September 2013 for future use by the Kennesaw State "Owls".


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.)