Ohio Valley Conference


AUSTIN PEAY EASTERN ILLINOIS EASTERN KENTUCKY
"Governors" "Panthers" "Colonels"
Clarksville, TN Charleston, IL Richmond, KY
JACKSONVILLE STATE MURRAY STATE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
STATE
"Gamecocks" "Racers" "RedHawks"
Jacksonville, AL Murray, KY Cape Girardeau, MO
TENNESSEE STATE TENNESSEE TECH UT-MARTIN
"Tigers" "Golden Eagles" "Skyhawks"
Nashville, TN Cookeville, TN Martin, TN

Comments

Austin Peay, Murray State, Tennessee Tech, and Southeast Missouri State have new helmet designs for 2013 (shown above).


Historical Helmets

AUSTIN PEAY

c.1982 ? - 1999? 2000? - 2005
2006 2007 - 2009 2009
*see note 1 below
2010 - 2012 2013 -

I have never received much historical information for this team, and the "AP" logo, in the various versions shown on the helmets above, is the only which I am aware of the team having used.

*1 This design was reportedly first used during the October 24, 2009 home game against Eastern Kentucky.


EASTERN ILLINOIS

1990 - 1992 1993 1994
1995 - 1999 2000 - 2011 2012 -

The photograph below shows a helmet design used by Eastern Illinois during at least the 1972 season; the shell appears to be white, but the colors of the "E" and the dark stripe cannot be determined, of course, from this photograph. Information about other historical helmets would be appreciated.


EASTERN KENTUCKY

1955 - 1961 1962 1963
1964 1965 - 1967 1968
1969 - 1970 1971 - 1976 1977 - 1978
1979 1980 - 2005 September 6, 2008;
September 13, 2008
*see note 1 below
2006 - 2008 2009 -

Eastern Kentucky's team nickname was changed from "Maroons" to "Colonels" in 1963.

*1 This design was used at least during home games against Western Kentucky and Morehead State in 2008 (and perhaps during other games, also?).


JACKSONVILLE STATE

1985 - 1996;
October 26, 2002
1997 - 1999 2000 - 2001
2002 (first 7 games) 2002 (last 3 games) 2003 -

I have received a report indicating that Jacksonville State used red helmets with white uniform numerals on both sides from at least 1967 through 1976. The 1984 helmet design has been described as having a "pearl white" shell and white facemask, a red 1" stripe, and a logo consisting of a red "Old English 'J'". I would greatly appreciate photographs of these or other historical JSU helmets.

The team used three different helmet designs in 2002. JSU began the season wearing white numerals on their helmets; these were used for the team's first seven games. On October 26, the old oval-shaped logo was brought back for a single home game against Stephen F. Austin; this was done in recognition of the 10th anniversary of JSU's 1992 Division II National Championship season. The team used plain red helmets for its last three games in 2002 and then adopted a new design in 2003.


MURRAY STATE

c.1980s c.early 1990s 1997 - 1999
2000 - 2005 2006 - 2009 2010
2011 - 2012 2013 -

Very little information has been received about historical helmet designs for Murray State; any information would be appreciated.


SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE

? - c.1976 c.1977 - ? ? - 2002
*see note 1 below
2003 2004 2005 - 2012
2013 -

I have received relatively little information about historical helmets for this team - additional information would be appreciated.

The team nickname was changed from "Indians" to "RedHawks" prior to the 2005 season.

*1 This design was in use during at least 1977 and 1978, and again in 1983 - I am unsure if it was in use during the intervening years.


TENNESSEE STATE

? - 2009 October 23, 2010 -
November 20, 2010
2010 (first seven games);
2011 -
*see note 1 below

The one earlier Tennessee State helmet design for which I have any information featured a logo similar to the currently-used one, except that the letters were red with white and blue outlines; this logo was worn on white helmet shells with blue facemasks. I do not know if there were any stripes on this design. Information about any other historical designs would be appreciated as I have gotten virtually no information for this team.

*1 This design was used during TSU's last four games of the 2010 season (vs Tennessee Tech, vs Eastern Illinois, at Tennessee-Martin, at Murray State).


TENNESSEE TECH

c.1950s - mid 1960s c.1965 1968? - 1976
1977 - 1982 1983 - 1985 1986
1987 - 1988 1989 - 1992 1993
1994 - 1996 1997 - 2005 2006
2007 - 2008 2009 - 2012 2013 -

UT-MARTIN

c.1980s 1987 - 1988 ? - 1999?
2000? - 2002 2003 - 2004 2005
*see note 1 below
2006 2007 2008 -

At some point during the late 1990s, UT-Martin used white helmets with a decal of the team name "Skyhawks" on the sides; I would appreciate a clear photograph of one of these helmets. The team name was changed from "Pacers" to "Skyhawks" in 1995.

*1 The numerals on this helmet design were worn only on the left sides of the helmets during at least the 2004 season.