Helmets of Future College Teams
This page contains announced helmet designs for college teams that will begin varsity play in the year 2020 or later; there are five new teams in 2018. The new teams for the 2019 season are Clarke University (of the NAIA Heart of America Athletic Conference), Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference), St. Thomas University (NAIA Mid-South Conference), Wheeling (NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference), and Lewis-Clark Valley (an independent team having an "affiliation" with the NCAA). Helmet images for the new-for-2019 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 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 colleges and universities have announced that they will be adding varsity football programs either in 2020 or subsequent years (first year of play in parentheses):
- Anderson University (Anderson, SC), NCAA Division II / South Atlantic Conference (2024)
- Barton College (Wilson, NC), NCAA Division II (2020)
- Erskine College (Due West, SC), NCAA Division II (2020)
- Florida Memorial University (Miami Gardens, FL), NAIA (2020)
- Judson University (Elgin, IL), NAIA (2021)
- Keystone College (La Plume, PA), NCAA Division III / Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (2020)
- Madonna University (Livonia, MI), NAIA (2020)
- Mount Marty College (Yankton, SD), NAIA / Great Plains Athletic Conference (2022)
- Sussex County Community College (Newton, NJ), NJCAA (2020)
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 2020 season
Barton's team will be known as the "Bulldogs" and the school colors are listed as royal blue and white. The team will initially be an independent team but it has obtained a "scheduling alliance" with the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference.
Erskine's team nickname will be "Flying Fleet". The school had a football team previously; it played its last season in 1951, Garnet and gold are listed as the school colors.
FMU's football team will be called the "Lions" and will wear royal blue and orange as the team colors.
The Keystone football team will be named the "Giants" and the team will wear navy blue and orange as the team colors. The team is playing a seven-game schedule in 2019; most of these games are apparently against JV teams but three opponents (Misericordia, Alfred State, and Newport News Apprentice School) are listed as being varsity teams.
Madonna's team will be named the "Crusaders" and the school colors are listed as blue and gold.
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 )
- Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY) - this school has recently (March 2016) considered 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 )
- Brewton-Parker College (Mount Vernon, GA) - This school announced in July 2009 that it would soon commence a "Football Feasibility Study". The college had a football team previously which played its last season in 1946. Brewton-Parker is a member of the NAIA for other sports. (source: http://www.christianindex.org/5618.article )
- Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) - In May 2012 this Michigan college announced that its decision about whether to establish an intercollegiate football team would be delayed indefinetly (source: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/sports/x358793789/Calvin-College-puts-off-decision-on-football ). Calvin's other athletic teams participate as members of NCAA Division III.
- Chicago State University (Chicago, IL) - CSU is considering the addition of a football team to help combat declining enrollment as of May 2017 (source: http://chicagocitywire.com/stories/511079799-q-a-csu-interim-director-of-athletics-discusses-introducing-football-cheering-and-marching-band-programs )
- 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.
- Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL) - This college has recently considered the formation of an intercollegiate football team but (as of March 2011) will apparently not be doing so for at least several years, with the expense of adding such a team being the main reason. " 'Right now, it probably won't work,' [Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees Chairman Scott] Lutgert said. 'It's probably 5-10 years down the road - 5-10 years down the road to make the decision to start doing it - that puts it at 10-15 years down the road.'' (source: http://www.championshipsubdivisionnews.com/log/index.php/2011/01/28/fgcu-athletics-board-of-trustees-chair-a?blog=2 )
- George Mason (Fairfax, VA) - GMU is apparently considering the addition of football as an intercollegiate sport during the next decade (source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/george-mason-university-president-angel-cabrera-tackles-issues/2012/08/28/c516b344-f080-11e1-ba17-c7bb037a1d5b_story.html)
- High Point University (High Point, NC) - University president Nido Qubein has stated that football is "inevitable" at HPU, though it may be several years before a team comes to fruition. Land on which to build a stadium is one of the needs mentioned in this article.
- 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).
- Lee University (Cleveland, TN) - This southeastern Tennessee school is apparently considering the addition of a football team as of April 2012, and a consultant has been hired to advise the university on related considerations (source: http://leeclarion.com/featured/2012/04/22/lee-considering-football-and-move-to-ncaa/ ).
- LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, TN) - this Historically Black college is apparently again considering the addition of football as an intercollegiate sport: "A feasibility committee will recommend that LeMoyne-Owen College field a football team starting in 2012 [no team played in any year from 2012 through 2018, however]. The recommendation, based on expectations that football will drive up enrollment, will be made to president Johnnie B. Watson -- who seems inclined to approve it and send it to the Board of Trustees for the final OK." (source: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/oct/21/magicians-closer-on-football/ ). .
- 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 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 )
- Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA) - Football is being considered along with several other sports by this Atlanta college, which needs to add two additional sports as part of its membership in the new Southern Athletic Association. The school's athletic director would prefer to add sports other than football, and a decision may be made by May 2012 (source: http://brookhaven.patch.com/articles/oglethorpe-mulls-adding-football-to-sports-program ).
- Oklahoma Wesleyan (Bartlesville, OK) - A brief mention in this article that this school has "talked about adding football" recently (July 2010).
- 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.
- 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 )
- Texas A&M - Corpus Christi - "The decision on whether football has a future at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi now rests with University leaders who have additional study ahead of them. The anticipated report on the feasibility of adding football to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's intercollegiate athletics program was delivered recently to campus officials by Indianapolis-based NACDA Consulting. The report outlines the physical and financial requirements and expectations for having an intercollegiate football program. 'This report does not make a final recommendation on adding football to our sports program, but provides us the data and research to help evaluate the requirements if football is to be feasible for A&M-Corpus Christi in time,' University President Flavius Killebrew said. 'We have many factors to consider over the coming months regarding whether football is the best fit in coming years for the university, the students and the community" (source: http://www.nacdaconsulting.com/news/details.asp?ArticleSource=70 ; article dated January 22, 2007).
- University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville, TX) - As of February 2016 this southern Texas school "is expected to initiate a feasibility study on college football, according to multiple sources close to the situation. The sources wished to remain anonymous because they did not have authority to disclose the information. The study is expected to center around the cost and interest in fielding a college football team. It would include establishing revenue sources, alumni contributions and community interest. According to sources, the university is scheduled to publicly introduce the study at 2 p.m. Friday. UTRGV athletics director Chris King said in July 2014: 'I think everybody realizes who is involved with UTRGV that (football) is probably five or seven years down the road before we even look at the study.' That was true then. However, because of the impressive growth of enrollment at the university - which stands at 28,500 and is projected to be 40,000-50,000 in two years - a study on college football became feasible, according to sources. In mid-January, UTRGV purchased 52 acres of land north of its campus in Edinburg. The university had looked at using the land to build athletic facilities, among other venues, according to Marty Baylor, UTRGV Executive VP of finance and administration. 'We had already looked at the idea of putting a stadium out there,' Baylor told The Monitor on Tuesday." (source: http://m.themonitor.com/news/sources-utrgv-to-initiate-feasibility-study-on-college-football/article_8dba831c-d5ab-11e5-b4d6-a32ff8b8764c.html?mode=jqm )
- Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, TN) - An article (dated 2011 July 11) about this school's move from NAIA participation to the NCAA mentioned that the creation of a football team was also being considered: "...Trevecca, which will introduce a new athletics director on Tuesday, is open to the possibility that it could add football in the coming years. Neither [local rival colleges] Lipscomb nor Belmont, which compete in NCAA Division I, have football. 'That will be on our study chart very rapidly,' Trevecca President Dan Boone said. Football actually could become a central issue as to whether or not the university gains full-time D-II membership following the necessary transition period, typically a three-year process." (source: http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/sports/trevecca-nazarene-charts-own-course-move-ncaa )
- Union University (Jackson, TN) - This university - a future member of the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference - is apparently considering the addition of football to its roster of intercollegiate sports (source: http://valdostadailytimes.com/sports/x333947618/Lee-University-cleared-to-begin-Division-II-transition-process/print ).
- 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)
- Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) - As of February 2012 the university is reported to be considering the addition of football as an intercollegiate sport (source: http://www.nbc12.com/story/14219581/vcu-wants-city-stadium-talks-about-possibility-of-football ).
- 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/ )
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: This school, which had a football team in 1974 and earlier years, may be considering reinstating the sport: "UWM is paying a Washington, D.C., consulting firm $87,450 to put together a strategic sports plan for the school. Part of that study will look into the possibility of fielding a football team" (source: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/133066738.html , article dated November 2, 2011.)