Southland Conference


HOUSTON BAPTIST INCARNATE WORD McNEESE STATE
"Huskies" "Cardinals" "Cowboys"
Houston, TX San Antonio, TX Lake Charles, LA
NICHOLLS NORTHWESTERN
STATE
SOUTHEASTERN
LOUISIANA
"Colonels" "Demons" "Lions"
Thibodaux, LA Natchitoches, LA Hammond, LA

Comments

This conference will be left with six football-playing members in 2021 due to the departure of Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston State, and Stephen F. Austin to other conferences.


Historical Helmets

HOUSTON BAPTIST

'A' 'B' 'C'
2013 - 2016 - 2016 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 2016 2016 -
*see note 1 below
'G'
2016 -

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

2013 was the first season for the HBU football team. Helmet design 'A' above was apparently used during all games from 2013 through 2015.

*1 During HBU's November 12, 2016 home game vs Stephen F Austin, HBU used five different helmet decals each representing one branch of the military forces of the United States; these were worn on both sides of the helmet, though apparently some helmets had a mismatched pair. These were again worn on November 11, 2017 (vs Lamar) and November 3, 2018 (vs Nicholls). Below are representations of these designs.

Air Force Army Coast Guard
Marine Corps Navy

INCARNATE WORD

2009 - 2010 2011 - 2012 2013
'A' 'B' 'C'
2014 - 2015 2015 November 8, 2014; 2015
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 2019 -
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'G'
2016 - 2017
*see note 6 below

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

This team played its first season of football in 2009. UIW played at the NCAA Division II level for four years, before moving to Division I-Football Championship Subdivision in 2013.

*1 The "UIW" logo is used only on the left sides of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).

*2 The "UIW" logo is used only on the left side of this design; on the right side is a pink "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).

*3 The "UIW" logo is used only on the left side of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo with an "American flag" coloration (as depicted below).

*4 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).

*5 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).

*6 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).


MCNEESE STATE

? - 1960 1961 - 1969 1970? - 1971
1972 - ? ? - 1986 1987 - 1989
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
1990 - 2000 2001 September 3, 2016
October 1, 2016 2002 - 2017 2017 -

*1 At least one or two additional helmet design variations were used during the period 1972 - 1986. At some point a white-blue-white stripe sequence was used, and during another unknown period a white outline was present around the horse/rider logo. The facemask color was changed from gray to blue at an unknown time (probably mid-to-late 1970s). Additional information would be appreciated.


NICHOLLS

c.1973 1980 - 1998 1999 - 2004
2005 - 2013 2014 2015 -
November 13, 2021
*see note 1 below

This team has a relatively short history (1972 to present) so a complete helmet history could probably be determined fairly easily by someone at the university with access to yearbooks, media guides, etc. The team apparently used red helmets during its first several years. The 1979 helmet is visible in the photograph below; it apparently had a red shell with a white or gray "N", and this photograph appears to show two different facemask colors in use (#74's facemask looks darker than the others). Additional information would be appreciated.

*1 The logo worn on this design is intended to resemble the one worn by the 1971 Nicholls State team, which was apparently a club-level team. A photograph from 1971 published on the football team's twitter account appeared to show a similar logo worn on white helmets, and accompanying text read "inspired by the original helmet decal for Nicholls (1971-1978)". I have not, however, ever seen any photographs from the 1970s showing Nicholls using this oval-shaped logo - I would greatly appreciate any such photographs. The university unfortunately has not yet digitized and published its old yearbooks and media guides, as many other teams have done, so information is scarce for this team prior to 1980. The few photographs I have managed to find show the team wearing plain red helmets during the 1970s.


NORTHWESTERN STATE

1963 1964 1965
1966 1967 - 1968 1969 - 1974
1975 - 1982 1992 - 1996 1983 - 1991;
1997 - 1999
'D'
2000 - 2001 October 19, 2002 2003 - 2006; 2008 - 2012;
2016
'C' 'B' 'A'
November 1, 2014;
November 7, 2015;
October 15, 2016
2015 - 2002; 2007; 2013 - 2017
'E' 'F' 'G'
2017 2018 - 2018 -
'H' 'I' 'J'
2018 - 2019 2019 - 2021 -
*see note 1 below

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

*1 The demon logo is worn on the left side only of this design; uniform numbers are worn on the right side (as shown below).


SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA

1959 - 1964 1965 - 1971 1972 - 1978
1979 1980 1981 - 1985
2005 2003 - 2004; 2006 - 2011 2012
*see note 1 below
2013 - 2015 2016 (1st two games) 2016 -
2021 -

The SLU football team was discontinued following the 1985 season but was resurrected in 2003. The set of helmet designs shown above are all of the "known" ones for the period covered by this site (1960 to present).

*1 A black stripe was added to the helmet design in 2005 as a tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.