Southwestern Athletic Conference


Eastern Division

ALABAMA A&M ALABAMA STATE ALCORN STATE
"Bulldogs" "Hornets" "Braves"
Normal, AL Montgomery, AL Lorman, MS
JACKSON STATE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY
STATE
"Tigers" "Delta Devils"
Jackson, MS Itta Bena, MS

Western Division

ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF GRAMBLING STATE PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
"Golden Lions" "Tigers" "Panthers"
Pine Bluff, AR Grambling, LA Prairie View, TX
SOUTHERN TEXAS SOUTHERN
"Jaguars" "Tigers"
Baton Rouge, LA Houston, TX

Comments

Southern, Prairie View A&M, and Mississippi Valley State have all used new helmet designs in 2018 (shown above); a new design has also been reported for Texas Southern.


Historical Helmets

ALABAMA STATE

c.1980s c.1990s ? - 1999
'A' 'B' 'C'
2000 - 2016 - 2016 -
*see note 1 below

In recent years Alabama State has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

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


ALCORN STATE

? - 2000? 2001? - 2002 2003 (first few games)
2003 - 2004 2005 - 2007 2011
*see note 1 below
c.mid 1990s; 2008 - 2010;
2012
2013 2014
*see note 2 below
'A' 'B' 'C'
2015 2015 2016
*see note 3 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2017 - 2017 -

In recent years Alcorn State has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 Alcorn State began using a helmet decal after an unknown number of games in 2003, but by at least the October 25th game at Southern University.

*2 The 2014 helmet design used the "A" logo only on the left side; uniform numerals were worn on the right side (as depicted below).

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


ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

c.mid-late 1990s 2005 - 2006 2007 (early season)
2007 (late season) ? - 2004; 2008 - 2011 2012 - 2014?
2015? -

After beginning the 2007 season with plain gold helmets, UAPB added a new helmet logo by at least game #5 at New Mexico State. The new logo was the team name "Golden Lions" in white letters with black outlines, as you may see in the photo below. I would appreciate a copy of the helmet logo for this one.


GRAMBLING STATE

'C'
c.1960s? - early 1970s? ? - mid 1990s October 11, 2014
'A' 'B' 'D'
c.mid-1990s? - 2014 - 2016 2017 -

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

Grambling State has apparently always used black helmets shells during the period covered by this web site (1960 to present). The oval "G" logo was apparently first used in approximately 1974, and is the only helmet logo ever used by the team (though the shape of the G has changed slightly through the years). The team probably used plain black helmets without stripes during at least some years in the 1960s, and some photographs suggest that some helmets had a single white or yellow stripe at the same time when others had a single red stripe or no stripes.


JACKSON STATE

? - 1999 2000 - 2001 2002
2003 2003 2004 - 2005
'A' 'B' 'C'
2014 2014 2014; 2017 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2015 2015 2006 - 2013; 2016 -
'G'
2017 -

In 2014 JSU used three of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: A-A-A; A-A-A; A-B-C; C-C-C.

This team used several different helmet logos during the early 2000s; I would love to add some of these historical helmets to the web site, but I will need copies of these decals in order to do so. Below are photos of some of these helmets:

Jackson State used plain white helmets during their first few games of the 2003 season, with the exception of game #3 against Tennessee State on September 13. During this game, at least some of the JSU players were wearing an unusually small decal that I cannot identify from the one photograph I have received showing it (shown here), but which is probably a "tiger head" of some sort. I would appreciate some larger and clearer photographs than this one.

In 2004 Jackson State used a new helmet logo, a blue and white tiger head which you can see in the photo below. I would greatly appreciate a copy of the artwork for this helmet decal so that I may add this one to the web site (several people have sent me a logo that does not match this one - please examine the photo closely before sending me anything!). Photographs from the 2005 season show that this design was still in use by the team.


MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE

c.1984 ? - 1998? 2000?
2002 - 2005? 2006? - 2007 2008 - 2013
2014 2015 - 2016 2017 -
*see note 1 below
August 30, 2018 2018 -

In 2001, MVSU used white helmets with an oval-shaped logo that I believe was used only during that season; shown below is the best photograph I have received of that helmet design. I would appreciate a copy of the logo used on this helmet.

*1 The 2014 MVSU helmet design used numerals on the left side, but the same "V/STATE" logo which was used in previous years was worn on the right side (as shown below).


PRAIRIE VIEW A&M

1991 - 1994 1998 - 2001 2002
1995 - 1996; 2003 2004 2007 - 2009
'A'
2005 - 2006; 2010 - 2013 2014 2015 -
'B' 'C' 'D'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'E' 'F' 'G'
2017 - 2017 - 2018 -
'H'
2018 -

During recent years Prairie View A&M has used the following sequences of helmet designs:


SOUTHERN

? - 2000 2001 2002 - 2011
'A' 'B' 'C'
2012 - 2014 - 2015 2014 -
'D'
2018 -

In recent years Southern has used the following sequences of the above helmet designs:


TEXAS SOUTHERN

? - 2001 2002 - 2003 2004-2007
2008 - 2010 2010 - 2011 2012
*see note 1 below
2013 -

*1 This design was adopted beginning at an unknown point during the 2010 season; it was in use during at least the team's last three games, played on November 11 (vs Grambling State), November 20 (vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff), and December 11 (vs Alabama State in the SWAC championship game at Birmingham, AL).