Sun Belt Conference


APPALACHIAN STATE ARKANSAS STATE COASTAL CAROLINA
"Mountaineers" "Red Wolves" "Chanticleers"
Boone, NC Jonesboro, AR Conway, SC
GEORGIA SOUTHERN GEORGIA STATE LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
"Eagles" "Panthers" "Ragin' Cajuns"
Statesboro, GA Atlanta, GA Lafayette, LA
LOUISIANA-MONROE SOUTH ALABAMA TEXAS STATE
"Warhawks" "Jaguars" "Bobcats"
Monroe, LA Mobile, AL San Marcos, TX
TROY
"Trojans"
Troy, AL

Comments

The Sun Belt Conference will have two fewer teams in 2018: New Mexico State has become an independent team, and Idaho has returned to the FCS Big Sky Conference after a 22-year absence.


Historical Helmets

APPALACHIAN STATE

1960 - 1961 1965 1966
1962 - 1964; ? - 1969 1970 1971 - 1976
1977 - 1979 1980 - 1981 1982
1983 - 1988 1989 - 1994;
September 6, 2008
September 29, 2012
*see note 1 below
1995 - 2012 September 28, 2013;
November 23, 2013
September 6, 2014;
November 19, 2016
*see note 2 below
September 10, 2016 October 22, 2016 December 27, 2016
September 9, 2017 2013 -

*1 This design was brought back for use during a home game against Jacksonville in 2008 to commemorate Coach Jerry Moore's 20th season as head coach; the team wore helmets and uniforms like those of Moore's first (1989) ASU team.

*2 Worn during two games of the 2013 season (vs Charleston Southern and vs Western Carolina).


ARKANSAS STATE

? - 1965 1966 c.1969? - 1979
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1980 - ? ? - 1995 1996
*see note 3 below
1997 - 1998 1999 - 2005 2006
'A' 'B'
2007 - 2013 2014 - 2014 -
'C' 'D' 'E'
2014 - 2014 - 2014 -
'F' 'G' 'H'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
'I' 'J' 'K'
2015 - 2016 - 2016 -
'L' 'M' 'N'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'O' 'P'
2016 - 2016 -

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

The ASU team nickname was "Indians" prior to the 2008 football season.

*1 This design was in use from 1959 through 1965, and perhaps earlier.

*2 This design was used at least through the period 1974 to 1979 (possibly with other facemask colors having been used at various times), and the same logo was worn on the left sides of the helmets in 1969, with a version of the "100" decal that many teams used that season worn on the right sides.

*3 Two different versions of the helmet logo shown on this design were in use during the early 1980s; one with a white, curved line beneath the big "A", and one without the line. At least sometimes these were used simultaneously. It has been reported to me that the curved white line was a remnant of a large "U" that was part of the logo on one set of decals; most of the "U" was cut away when it was decided not to include it. The white facemasks were in use through at least 1987.


COASTAL CAROLINA

October 8, 2011 2009 - 2012 2003 - 2009; 2013
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
2014 -

2003 was the first year of play for the Coastal Carolina team.

*1 During CCU's 2011 home game against VMI several changes were made to the team's helmets; the following paragraph describing those changes appeared at the team's web site: "The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics will continue two traditions this weekend: honoring our heroes - those who have and/or continue to serve our country, state and community - and participating in National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The football team will don camouflage Chanticleer logos and have camouflage in the center stripes - in honor of the military. The Chanticleer decals will have a pink outline and a pink ribbon will be placed on the back of the helmet - in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The camouflage decals were designed by current Coastal Carolina student, athletics marketing student assistant and The Chanticleer art director Ryan Cirignano, who spent four years in the U.S. Navy where he was an operations specialist, third class."

*2 Helmet stripes were not used during CCU's first game of the 2009 season (September 3rd at Kent State) but they were in place during the second game (September 12 vs Monmouth (NJ)).


GEORGIA SOUTHERN

2006 October 13, 2012 November 9, 2013
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
'A' 'B' (and 'B1')
October 11, 2014 1982 - 2005; 2007 - 2015 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
'C'
September 13, 2016
*see note 5 below

In 2015 Georgia Southern used the following sequence of helmet designs: A-A-A; A-A-B1; B-A-A; A-A-A; A (the last game being vs Bowling Green in the GoDaddy Bowl at Mobile, AL).

Georgia Southern's team first played in 1982.

*1 Worn during the 2012 home game vs Wofford.

*2 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Western Carolina. The word "TEACHERS" was worn at the front of the helmet; this was the team nickname of the Georgia Teachers' College (predecessor of GSU) football team through 1941.

*3 Worn during the 2014 home game vs Idaho. Uniform numerals were worn on the left side of each helmet, while the right side featured GSU's circular "eagle" logo (as depicted below).

*4 Design 'B1' is identical to 'B' except that the right side of the helmet has a "GS" logo instead of numerals (as depicted below).

*5 This design has numerals on its left side only; the right side has GSU's circular 'eagle' logo (as shown below).


GEORGIA STATE

'A' 'B' 'C'
2010 - 2012 2013 - 2013 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2013 - 2013 - 2013 -
*see note 1 below
'G' 'H' 'I'
2013 - 2014 - 2015 -
'J' 'K' 'L'
2016 - 2016 - 2017 -

In 2016 GSU used three of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: J-I-I; I-I-I; J-J-J; K-I-J.

In 2015 GSU used design 'I' for the entire season.

In 2014 GSU used three of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: E-E-E; E-E-D; E-E-H; E-H-E.

In 2013 GSU used seven different designs in the following sequence: B-B-B; B-C-A; D-E-D; F-G-F.

2010 was the first year of varsity football for the GSU team.

*1 The "GSU" logo was worn only on the left side of this design; on the right side was a "panther head" logo (as depicted below).


LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

c.late 1960s - 1973 1974 1975 - 1979
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below *see note 2 below
1980 - 1986;
1992 - 1995
1997 1987 - 1991; 1996; 1998
'I' 'J'
1999 - 2001 2011 - 2012 2011 - 2012
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
'H' 'A' 'B'
2002 - 2012 2013 - 2014 2012 - 2014
'C' 'D' 'E'
2013 - 2014 2013 2013
'F' 'G' 'K'
2014 November 17, 2012 2015 -
'L' 'M' 'N'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
'O'
2015 -

In 2014 Louisiana-Lafayette used four of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: B-C-B; A-B-A; F-B-A; F-B-A; B (the last game being vs Nevada in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl).

In 2013 ULL used five different helmet designs in the following sequence: A-B-B; C-D-A; B-B-D; E-E-B; B (the last game being vs Tulane in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl).

In 2012 five designs were used in the following sequence: H-H-H; H-H-J; I-H-H; G-H-H; B (the last game being vs East Carolina in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl).

In 2011 three designs were used in the following sequence: H-H-H; J-H-J; H-J-H; I-J-H; J (the last game being vs San Diego State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl).

The school was named the University of Southwestern Louisiana until September 1999. It has been reported to me that the team had several other helmet designs during the mid-1960s, but I have not received any photographs or specific information about these. Additional information would be greatly appreciated.

*1 This helmet featured a picture of what is known as the Acadiana flag, which is representative of the region in which Lafayette is located.

*2 It has been reported to me that the shell color of these two helmet designs was actually "cardinal red" rather than maroon, but I have not been able to obtain photographic confirmation of this yet.

*3 First used November 5, 2011 (vs Louisana-Monroe).

*4 First worn September 24, 2011 (at Florida International).

*5 Worn during the 2012 home game against Western Kentucky.


LOUISIANA-MONROE

1960 - 1963 c.late 1960s c.early 1970s
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1972 - 1974 1975 (last 10 games) 1975 (game #1); 1976 (game #1)
1978 c.1979? c.1980? - c.1995?
? - 1998 1998 1999 (first 3
games)
2000 - 2002 2003 2004 - 2005
November 1, 2014 November 15, 2014 2006 - 2014
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
'A' 'B' 'C'
2015 2015 2015
*see note 5 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'G' 'H' 'I'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
*see note 6 below
'J' 'K'
2016 - 2016 -

In 2016 ULM used eight different helmet designs in the following sequence: E-E-F; F-G-C; H-H-I; J-J-K.

In 2015 ULM used: A-A-B; A-A-A; B-A-A; C-C-C; D.

The name of this school was Northeast Louisiana University from 1969 until August 27, 1999; previously it had been Northeast Louisiana State College. The team nickname was changed from "Indians" to "Warhawks" prior to the 2006 football season.

Below is a photograph showing a design apparently used by Northeast Louisiana State during at least part of the 1963 season; there is an interesting logo (probably an "Indian head") on the helmet. ULM has digitized its school yearbooks and published them online, but unfortunately the 1964 yearbook (which would contain photos from the 1963 season) is missing from the collection. Any clearer photographs of this design would be appreciated. This photograph is from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga 1964 yearbook, and a similar design is visible in the 1964 yearbook of Howard College (predecessor of Samford University), whose football team also played Northeast Louisiana in 1963.

*1 This design appears in photographs from the 1966 season. The 1969 helmet was similar, but a version of the "100" decal was worn on at least the left sides of the helmets. I do not know the colors of the "100" decal.

*2 "Plain" helmets without stripes are visible in photographs from the 1971 season.

*3 Worn during the 2014 game at Texas A&M.

*4 Worn during the 2014 home game vs Louisiana-Lafayette. The numerals were worn only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side was worn a large "hawk head" logo (as represented below).

*5 This design has uniform numerals on its left side only; the right side has a large "hawk head" logo (as represented below).

*6 This design has uniform numerals on its left side only; the right side has a large "hawk head" logo (as represented below).


SOUTH ALABAMA

2010 - 2012 November 16, 2013;
November 7, 2015
December 20, 2014
*see note 1 below
'A' 'B' 'C'
2013 - 2016 - 2016 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'G'
2016 -

In 2016 South Alabama used seven of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: A-B-C; C-D-B; B-A-A; A-E-F; G.

This team played its first season of varsity football in 2010.

*1 Worn vs Bowling Green in the Camellia Bowl at Montgomery, AL at the end of the 2014 season. The "JAGS" logo was worn only on the left side of each helmet during this game; on the right side was worn a large version of the team's "jaguar head" logo (as shown below).


TEXAS STATE

? - 1972 1973 - 1982 1984 - 1989
1991 1990; 1992 - 1996 1997 - 2002
2003 2004 - 2007 2008 - 2009?
2010? - 2011 2012 - 2013 2013 (last 2 games)
'A' 'B' 'C'
2014 - 2014 - 2015 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2015 - 2015 - 2016 -
'G' 'H'
2016 - 2016 -
*see note 1 below

In 2016 Texas State used three of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: C-F-C; E-E-D; D-C-G; H-C-E.

In 2015 Texas State used: C-C-D; C-C-D; D-D-C; E-C-E.

In 2014 Texas State used: A-B-A; B-B-A; A-B-B; A-B-B.

The name of this school was Southwest Texas State University prior to September 1, 2003.

*1 This design has the Texas state outline logo on its left side only; the right side has a 'bobcat head' logo (as represented below).


TROY

? - 1965 1966- ? c.1968-c.1970
c.1971 1972 only? 1973
1974 1975 - ? c.1978? - c.1983?
c.1984? - c.1988? c.1989? - 1991 1992
1993 - 1998 1999 - 2003 September 4, 2004
*see note 1 below
October 20, 2005 2013 September 9, 2004 -
2014
*see note 2 below
'A' 'B' 'C'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'G'
2016 -

Troy used six of the above helmet designs in 2016 in the following sequence: C-A-C; D-A-E; E-C-F; G-A-E; E (the last game being vs Ohio in the Dollar General Bowl at Mobile, AL).

In 2015 Troy used: A-B-A; C-A-C; B-C-A; B-B-A.

*1 Plain black helmets were used during the team's first game of the 2004 season at Marshall, with a new design featuring shells of a dark red color being introduced for game #2, a home game against Missouri.

*2 Troy wore black helmets during the 2005 home game against Florida International as a tribute to former team member Al Lucas, who died on April 10, 2005 as a result of injuries sustained during an Arena Football League game between his team, the Los Angeles Avengers, and the New York Dragons.