Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference


East Division

ALBANY STATE ALLEN BENEDICT
"Golden Rams" "Yellow Jackets" "Tigers"
Albany, GA Columbia, SC Columbia, SC
CLARK ATLANTA EDWARD WATERS FORT VALLEY STATE
"Panthers" "Tigers" "Wildcats"
Atlanta, GA Jacksonville, FL Fort Valley, GA
MOREHOUSE SAVANNAH STATE
"Maroon Tigers" "Tigers"
Atlanta, GA Savannah, GA

West Division

CENTRAL STATE KENTUCKY STATE LANE
"Maurauders" "Thorobreds" "Dragons"
Wilberforce, OH Frankfort, KY Jackson, TN
MILES TUSKEGEE
"Golden Bears" "Golden Tigers"
Fairfield, AL Tuskegee, AL

Comments

Both Allen and Edward Waters are new members of this conference in 2021, though neither will yet be eligible for the conference championship.


Historical Helmets

ALBANY STATE

c.1985 August 27, 2005 ? - 2019
2021 -

ALLEN
2003? - 2005 2018 - 2021 -

Allen University had an NAIA independent intercollegiate football team from 2003 through 2005 before the team was discontinued; a club-level team had played in 2001 and 2002. The first helmet design shown above is the only one for which I ever received any information during the 2003 - 2005 period, but it is certainly possible that others were used, particularly during the earlier years of the program. I believe that yellow helmets may have been used for a while, but perhaps only by the club-level team. The team was re-instated in 2018.

The university also had a team during the mid-1900s with 1968 being the team's final year. I would appreciate any information about helmet designs used during the 1960s.


BENEDICT

? - 2000? 2001? - 2003 2004 - 2006
2007 (early season) 2009 (first game);
2016 (1st 3 games)
2007 - 2013
*see note 1 below
2014 2015 - 2019 2021 -
*see note 2 below

*1 This design was used for an unknown number of games (more than one) in 2007 before stripes were added to the helmet.

*2 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of this design; a logo adorns the right side (as shown below).


CENTRAL STATE

? - 1996 2005 only? 2006? - 2008
2009 - 2010 2011 (1st game
only?)
2011
2012 - 2013 2015 2014; 2016 -

Central State's football team was restored in 2005 after a nine-year absence. Apparently from 2006 through 2008, the team used the helmet logo visible in the photograph below - I would appreciate a copy of this helmet logo.


CLARK ATLANTA

? - 2004 2005 - 2009 2010 - 2012
2013 2014 - 2015 (first 2 games)
2015 2016 - 2017 2018 (1st 4 games)
2018 2019 -

During at least several games in 2003 a different helmet logo was worn on the right side of Clark Atlanta's football helmets - a white circle containing the number 64, as shown in the photograph below. This was done in memory of former CAU football player and coach Curtis Crockett, who had died in February 2003; Crockett had worn number 64 during his playing days at CAU.


EDWARD WATERS

2001? - 2006 2007 (first game) 2007 - 2010
2011 - 2012 2013 - 2014 2015 - 2016
2017 2018 2019
2020* 2021 -

The Edward Waters football team was restored in 2001 following a 34-year absence.


FORT VALLEY STATE

? - 2002;
some games in 2007 & 2008
2003 2003 - ?
2007? - 2008? 2008? - 2012? 2013? - 2019
2020* -

FVSU apparently switched frequently between the "wildcat head" logo and the script "Wildcats" from about 2003 through 2007, and I think that both logos may have been used during most of those five seasons. In 2003 the helmets were "plain" during the team's first game of the season against Morehouse, but the script "Wildcats" was in use at least during later games against Tuskegee and Albany State.

FVSU used plain blue helmets (without stripes or decals) during at least the 2007 game against Tuskegee and the 2008 game against Valdosta State. The script "Wildcats" logo was also apparently used at least once on a helmet with no stripes (date of use unknown).


KENTUCKY STATE

? - 1999? 2000? - 2002? 2001; 2003
2004 - ? ? - 2008? 2009? - 2010?
2011 2012 2013 - 2015
*see note 1 below
2016 - 2018 2019 2021 -

The dates listed here are mostly rough approximations due to a paucity of reference photographs during the early 2000s. The first helmet shown above was in use during at least part of the 1999 season, and possibly in 2000 also. The second was in use during at least part of the 2000 season. The third helmet was in use during at least parts of the 2001 and 2003 seasons. I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who can identify the precise dates of use for each of these helmets.

*1 The 2013 & 2014 KSU helmet design featured the racehorse only on the left side of each helmet; yellow uniform numerals were worn on the right side (as shown below).


LANE

? - 2004 2005 - 2010 2011 - ?
? - 2013 2014 2015 - 2018
2019 2021 -

In 2005 Lane switched to white helmets with burgundy facemasks, burgundy-blue-burgundy stripes, and an arched "LANE" logo which was dark blue with a burgundy shadow (photo below); this design was apparently used throughout the period 2005 - 2010. I still need a copy of the helmet logo for this one in order to add it to the website.


MILES

? - 2000 2001 - 2003? 2004? - 2010?
2011? - ? ? - present
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below

Miles College switched from white helmets to yellow ones in 2001 with a new "MC" logo (shown in photograph below); I will need a copy of this "MC" logo in order to add this helmet design to the website. I believe that this design was used through the 2003 season. The team's next design featured a similar logo on a purple helmet shell.

*1 There is a minor difference between these two designs: on the earlier helmet the word "COLLEGE" appears on the banner in front of the "M"; on the later design the wording is "GOLDEN BEARS". This change was made at an unknown time - probably either 2015 or 2016.


MOREHOUSE

c.late 1990s 2003 only? ? - 2002?; 2004 - 2006?
'A' 'B'
2015 - 2018 2007 - 2014; 2019 - 2019 -
'C'
2021 -

In 2019 Morehouse used two of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: B-B-A; B-A-A; B-B-B; A.

During several early-season games in the early 2000s Morehouse used "blank" helmets.


SAVANNAH STATE

c.late 1990s 2001? - 2003 ? - 2000?; 2004 - 2005?
2006 2007 2008
2009 - 2010 2011 2012
'A' 'B' 'C'
2013; 2016 - 2013 2014
'D' 'E' 'F'
2014 2015 2015
'G' 'H' 'I'
2016 - 2017 - 2019 -

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


TUSKEGEE

c.1970s ? - 1999? 2000? - 2003
2004 -