Missouri Valley Football Conference


ILLINOIS STATE INDIANA STATE MISSOURI STATE
"Redbirds" "Sycamores" "Bears"
Normal, IL Terre Haute, IN Springfield, MO
NORTH DAKOTA NORTH DAKOTA STATE NORTHERN IOWA
"Fighting Hawks" "Bison" "Panthers"
Grand Forks, ND Fargo, ND Cedar Falls, IA
SOUTH DAKOTA SOUTH DAKOTA STATE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
"Coyotes" "Jackrabbits" "Salukis"
Vermillion, SD Brookings, SD Carbondale, IL
WESTERN ILLINOIS YOUNGSTOWN STATE
"Leathernecks" "Penguins"
Macomb, IL Youngstown, OH

Comments

North Dakota will be a new member of this conference in 2020.


Historical Helmets

ILLINOIS STATE

c.1968 - c.1971 1980? 1981? - ?
c.late 1980s - 1993 1994 - 1995 November 17, 2018
1996 -

INDIANA STATE

1966 - 1967 1968 1969 - 1971
*see note 1 below
1972 - 1973 1974 - 1977 1978 - 1989
1990 - 1998 1999 - 2000 2001 - 2004
2005 - 2007 October 17, 2009 2009 (late season)
*see note 2 below
2008 - 2009 (early season);
2010 - 2013
2014 - 2016 2017 -

*1 In 1969 the circular logo was worn on the left sides of the helmets; on the right sides was worn a version of the "100" football centennial logo. I do not yet know what colors were used in ISU's version of this logo, but the football-shape was of some dark color with a white outline and with white numerals.

*2 This design was used during the 2009 road game at Illinois State.


MISSOURI STATE

1954 - 1964 1965 - 1967
(Offense)
1965 - 1967
(Defense)
*see note 1 below
1968 1969 1970 - 1972
1973 - 1974 1975 1976
1976 - 1977? 1978? - 1980 1981
1982 - 1983 1984 - 1986 1987
1988 - 1993 1994 - 1995 1996
1997 - 1999 2000 - 2004 2005 - 2009
'B' 'C' 'A'
2014 2014 2010 - 2016
'D' 'E' 'F'
2015 - 2016 2015 - 2016 2015 -
'G' 'H' 'I'
2016 2017 - 2017 -
'J'
2018 -
*see note 2 below

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

The name of this university was Southwest Missouri State University until 2005.

*1 The defensive unit was known as the "Head Hunters" during this period, and that phrase appeared at the bottom of the logo (not legible at this size).

*2 Helmet design 'J' has the number 20 on the left side of each helmet; I could locate no specific documentation as to why this was implemented, but it was almost certainly done in memory of team member Richard Nelson, who was murdered in Las Vegas in January 2017; 20 had been Nelson's uniform number. On the right side of this design was a 'bear face' logo (as represented below).


NORTH DAKOTA

? - 1968 1969 - 1970 1971 - 1985
1986 - 1989 1993 - 2008 2009 - 2015
2016 -
*see note 1 below

*1 This design has uniform numerals on its left side only; the right side has an "ND" logo (as depicted below).


NORTH DAKOTA STATE

1963 1969 1964 - 1977
'B'
1978 - 1998 1999 - 2011 2015 -
*see note 1 below
'A'
2012 -

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

*1 Gray facemasks may have been used with this design during its earlier years of use.


NORTHERN IOWA

1976 - 1979?; 1981? 1980 c.1980s
1990 - 1996 1997 - 2000 2001
October 27, 2012 2002 - 2013 November 1, 2014
October 17, 2015;
October 24, 2015
2014 - 2018 2019 -

SOUTH DAKOTA

c.early-mid 1990s? ? - 2003 2004 - 2010
'D' 'A' 'B'
November 22, 2014;
2015
2011 - 2015 2015 -
'C' 'E'
2016 - 2018 -

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

Very little information has been received about historical helmet designs for this team. During at least part of the 1999 season, South Dakota used a logo consisting of the team name "Coyotes" in a script style, colored white and narrowly outlined in some dark color, which was worn on red helmets with white facemasks; I would appreciate a copy of this "Coyotes" logo. It has been reported to me that during the 1980s the team used a logo identical to the one appearing on the "?-2003" helmet shown above.

I have received a copy of what is said to be a helmet logo used by USD in 1991 and during the 1970s; the logo is a rather simple, white "U" which was worn on red helmet shells. I would appreciate photographs of this helmet.


SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

1996? - 2004 2005 - 2010 October 25, 2014
'A' 'B' 'C'
2011 - 2015 - 2016
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E'
2016 - 2016 -

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

SDSU used a special helmet logo on October 25, 2014 (vs Youngstown State - see photo below); I would appreciate a copy of the artwork for the "JACKS" logo used during this game.

The next earlier helmet before those shown above has been described as having the team nickname "JACKS" in gold, "within a gold horizontal stripe scheme". Other than this item, I have never received any information about earlier helmet designs used by South Dakota State other than the photograph below, which is from 1965. The helmets are probably some shade of blue with white numerals, and white and yellow stripes.

*1 This design has the "rabbit head" on its left side only; the right side has yellow uniform numerals (as represented below).

*2 This design has the "rabbit head" on its left side only; the right side has white uniform numerals (as represented below).


SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

c.1980s c.1993 c.mid 1990s
? - 2000 2001 - 2003 2004 - 2011
'A' 'B'
2012 - 2015 2016 - 2016 -
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'C' 'D'
2019 - 2019 -

*1 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; the right side has a "SIU" logo (as represented below).

*2 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; the right side has an "S" logo (as represented below).


WESTERN ILLINOIS

1960 - 1962 1963 1964 - 1965
1966 1967 1968 - 1973
1974 - 1975 1976 1977 - 1978
1979 - 1983 1984 - 1996 1997 - 2011
'A'
2012 - 2014 October 31, 2015 2015 -
'B'
2018 -

In 2018 WIU used two of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: A-B-A; B-A-B; B-B-B; B-A.


YOUNGSTOWN STATE

1984 - 1985 1986 - 1988 2012 - 2014
November 7, 2015;
November 12, 2016
1989 - 2011; 2015 - November 18, 2017
October 20, 2018 November 10, 2018

The helmets used by YSU during the 1960s have been described as having red shells with white uniform numerals and a white stripe.