Southwestern Athletic Conference


Eastern Division

ALABAMA A&M ALABAMA STATE BETHUNE-COOKMAN
"Bulldogs" "Hornets" "Wildcats"
Normal, AL Montgomery, AL Daytona Beach, FL
FLORIDA A&M JACKSON STATE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY
STATE
"Rattlers" "Tigers" "Delta Devils"
Tallahassee, FL Jackson, MS Itta Bena, MS

Western Division

ALCORN STATE GRAMBLING STATE PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
"Braves" "Tigers" "Panthers"
Lorman, MS Grambling, LA Prairie View, TX
SOUTHERN TEXAS SOUTHERN UAPB
"Jaguars" "Tigers" "Golden Lions"
Baton Rouge, LA Houston, TX Pine Bluff, AR

Comments

Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M are new members of this conference for the 2021 season; Alcorn State has been moved to the Western Division to accomodate the new teams.


Historical Helmets

ALABAMA A&M

? - present 2021 -

The first helmet design shown above has been in use since at least 1999 and the second design is the first "alternate" design used during this period, to the best of my knowledge.


ALABAMA STATE

c.1980s c.1990s ? - 1999
'A' 'B' 'C'
2000 - 2016 - 2017 2016 - 2017
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E'
2018 2020* -
*see note 2 below

During 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)

*2 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 - 2017 - 2018
'G' 'H'
2018 2019 -

During 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).


BETHUNE-COOKMAN

1994 - 1995 1996 - ? ? - 2008
'B'
2009 (early season) 2009 2011 - 2012; 2014
*see note 1 below
'C' 'D' 'E'
2011 - 2014 2012 - 2014 2013 - 2014
'A' 'F' 'G'
2010 - 2014 2014 2015 - 2016
'H' 'I' 'J'
2015 - 2017 2015 - 2016 2015
'K' 'L' 'M' (and 'M1')
2015 - 2016 2015 - 2017 2016 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'N' 'O' (and 'O1') 'P'
2017 2017 - 2017
*see note 4 below
'Q' 'R' 'S'
2017 2018 - 2018 -
*see note 5 below *see note 6 below
'T' 'U' 'V' (and 'V1')
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -
*see note 7 below
'W' 'X' 'Y'
2019 - 2019 - 2019 -

During recent years Bethune-Cookman has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 BCC began the 2009 season with "blank" helmets, but had added helmet decals by at least late September (I would appreciate a report as to exactly when the new decals were first used).

*2 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has an oversized "wildcat head" logo (as represented below).

*3 Helmet design 'M' has uniform numerals on both sides; 'M1' has the numerals on the left side only - on the right side is the team name 'Wildcats' in maroon (as on both sides of design 'P').

*4 Helmet design 'O' has uniform numerals on both sides; 'O1' has the numerals on the left side only - on the right side is the team name 'Wildcats' in yellow outlined in maroon (as represented below).

*5 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has the team name "Wildcats" (as represented below). .

*6 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side has the team name "Wildcats" (as represented below). .

*7 Design 'V' has uniform numbers on its left side only; the right side has the team name "Wildcats" (as represented below). Design 'V1' has the uniform numbers on both sides.


FLORIDA A&M

c.1964 ? - 1999 2000
2000? - 2002 November 5, 2005;
October 14, 2006
2003 - 2007
2008 -
October 12, 2013
October 19, 2013 - 2017 2018 -
2021 -

The photograph below shows a design used by FAMU in 1971; the logo appears to be a "snake head" inside a circle. I would greatly appreciate any clearer photographs of this design. This photograph was found in Santa Clara's 1972 yearbook.


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 -
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
2015 2015 2006 - 2013; 2016 -
'G' 'H' 'I'
2017 2018 2019 -
'J' 'K' 'L'
2019 - 2019 - 2020* -
*see note 1 below
'M' 'N' 'O'
2020* - 2020* - 2021 -
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'P'
2021 -
*see note 1 below

During recent years JSU has used the following sequences of the above helmet designs:

This team used several different helmet logos during the early 2000s; I have been unable to add these to the website because I have been unable to locate the artwork for the various helmet decals. Below are photos of some of these designs:

JSU 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 any larger and clearer photographs than this one.

In 2004 JSU 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, which would enable me to add this one to the website. Photographs from the 2005 season show that this design was still in use that year.

*1 The right side of each of these designs differs from the left side as depicted below.

'A' 'L' 'M'
'N' 'O' 'P'

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 2019 -

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 - 2016
'B' 'C' 'D'
2016 2016 2016; 2018 -
'E' 'F' 'G'
2017 2017 2018 -
'H' 'I' 'J'
2018 - 2019 - 2019 -
'K'
2021 -

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' 'E'
2018 - 2021 -

During 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 - 2017 2018 2019 -

*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).


UAPB

c.mid-late 1990s 2005 - 2006 2007 (early season)
2007 (late season) ? - 2004; 2008 - 2011 2012 - 2014?
*see note 1 below
2015? - 2017 2018 -

*1 This design was in use by at least game #5 (at New Mexico State) of the 2007 season; plain gold helmets were used earlier in 2007.