NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Independents


CONNECTICUT MASSACHUSETTS NOTRE DAME
"Huskies" "Minutemen" "Fighting Irish"
Storrs, CT Amherst, MA South Bend, IN

Historical Helmets

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

1958 - 1962 1963 1964
1965 1966 1967
*see note 1 below
1968; 1970 1971 - 1972 1973 - 1975
1976 - 1977 1978 - 1982 1983 - 1989
1990 - 1993 1994 1995 - 1998
'G'
1999 - 2001 2002 2003 - 2012; 2018 -
'A' 'B' 'C'
2013 - 2014 2013 - 2014 2014
'D' 'E' 'F'
2015 - 2015 - 2015 -
'H' 'I' 'J'
2018 - 2018 - 2018 -
'K' 'L' 'M'
2019 - 2019 - 2019 -
'N' 'O' 'P'
2022 - 2022 - 2022 -
*see note 2 below
'Q' 'R' 'S'
2023 - 2023 - 2023 -
*see note 2 below
'T'
2023 -

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

In 1969 Connecticut used a logo consisting of the number "100" inside a football shape to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first college football game; I would appreciate any clear color photographs of UConn's version of this helmet.

*1 The 1965 Connecticut helmet design was a peculiar one - the left half of the shell was white and the right side blue, with the same logo on each side, but with the colors inverted (hence the right side looked like the '1964' design shown above).

*2 Both designs 'O' and 'S' recognize victims of different types of cancer; a number of different colors are used for the main portion of the helmet logo, each representing a different type of cancer. A graphic released by the university in 2022 (for design 'O') identified twelve different colors that could have been chosen by the players for use on their helmets, and noted that some helmets may have a mismatched pair of colors on either side. No such list was found for the 2023 design ('S') but a similar set of colors appears to have been used. Pink (representing breast cancer) appears to have been most abundant on 'S'.

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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

1963 - 1968 1970 - 1972 1973
1974 - 1984 1985 ? - 1962; 1986
1987 1988 1989 - 1992
*see note 1 below
1993 - 2002 2003 - 2004 2005 -
September 1, 2011
'B'
2011 October 20, 2012 2013;
September 27, 2014
*see note 2 below
'C' 'D' 'A'
2013 2013 2012 - 2013
'E' 'F' 'G'
2014 - 2016 2015 - 2017 2017
'H' 'I' 'J'
2018 2018- 2019; 2021 -
'K' 'L' 'M'
2019 2019 - 2019 -
'N' 'O'
2021 - 2022 -

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

The above are to the best of my knowledge all of the different helmet designs used by Massachusetts during the period covered by this website (1960 to present).

*1 This design is identical to the one used in 1988 but for the addition of the word "AMHERST" in small letters below the "UM" logo (the letters are obviously not legible in the image size used here).

*2 First worn during the second game of the 2011 season (September 17 vs Rhode Island). This design has an asymmetrical stripe sequence - the white middle stripe is bordered by a blue stripe on the left, and by a red stripe on the right.

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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

1959 - 1962;
September 10, 2011
1963 November 12, 2011
*see note 1 below
October 6, 2012 October 5, 2013 September 13, 2014
*see note 2 below
November 21, 2015 November 12, 2016 November 18, 2017
November 17, 2018 1964 -

The shamrock helmet logo was introduced in 1959 by Notre Dame's head coach Joe Kuharich; it was used through the 1962 season and replaced with white uniform numbers the following year. New head coach Ara Parseghian brought back plain gold helmets in 1964 and the team used those during every game for 47 seasons, until the shamrock was brought back for use during the 2011 game at Michigan.

*1 Worn during the 2011 game vs Maryland played at Landover, MD. The helmet image here may imply that the design involved "camouflage" but this is not the case - the shell was covered with circular, gold "reflectors" (for lack of a better word) that tended to more or less color the helmet in two shades of gold (dark and light).

*2 Worn during the 2012 game vs Miami (FL) played at Chicago, IL. Only the left side was blue; the right side was gold with a texture similar to that of the November 12, 2011 helmet (as represented below). The gold pattern spilled over onto the left hemisphere of the helmet by perhaps 1.5" or thereabouts.

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