Big South Conference


CHARLESTON SOUTHERN GARDNER-WEBB KENNESAW STATE
"Buccaneers" "Bulldogs" "Owls"
Charleston, SC Boiling Springs, NC Kennesaw, GA
LIBERTY MONMOUTH PRESBYTERIAN
"Flames" "Hawks" "Blue Hose"
Lynchburg, VA West Long Branch, NJ Clinton, SC

Comments

Charleston Southern used a new helmet design during the team's first game in 2016 (shown above).


Historical Helmets

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

1991 1992 - 1993 1994 - 1995
1996 - 1997 1998 1999 - 2002
2003 - 2012 2013 - October 17, 2015 October 24, 2015 -
December 11, 2015
2016 -

The first Charleston Southern varsity football team played in 1991. The above are all of the "known" helmet designs used by the team with the exception of those used in the mid-1990s. In 1994 and 1995 the team used what were apparently navy blue helmets with a "CSU" logo on the sides (see photo below). The color of the logo is unknown but it was probably white or gold; the color of the three stripes on the helmet is also unknown. The 1996 - 1997 design was apparently identical but lacked the stripes.


GARDNER-WEBB

1993 1998 - 1999 2000 - 2007
2008 - 2011 2012 -

This team has a very large and interesting set of historical helmets in addition to the ones shown here, but I have received a great deal of conflicting information about when each design was in use, and very few of the helmet logos, which I will of course need in order to add these helmets to the web site.


KENNESAW STATE

2015 - 2016 -

The KSU team played its first season of football in 2015.


LIBERTY

1973 - 1974 c.early 1980s 1988
*see note 1 below
1989 - 1990 1992 1994 - 1999
2000 2001 - 2003 2004 - 2005
November 20, 2010 2006 - 2010 2011 - 2012
*see note 2 below
'A' 'B' 'C'
2013 - 2013 2013 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'D' 'E'
2014 - November 8, 2014
*see note 6 below *see note 7 below

In 2015 Liberty used four of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: C-C-D; A-D-D; A-C-E; D-D.

In 2014 four of the above designs were used in the following sequence: C-A-A; C-A-D; D-A-D; E-D-D; D-A (the last two games being FCS playoff games at James Madison and at Villanova).

In 2013 three designs were used in the following sequence: A-B-A; A-A-B; B-C-C; B-C-B.

This university's first football team played in 1973, but at that time the school's name was Lynchburg Baptist College and the school colors were gold and green. In 1976, the name was changed to Liberty Baptist College and blue, red, and white were adopted as the school colors. The team was affiliated with both the NAIA and NCAA for a few years before switching solely to NCAA Division II in 1983. The school was renamed Liberty University in 1985 and, in November of that year, its campus endured a devastating flood which washed away the football team's practice facility, leading to the cancellation of its late-season schedule. A move to NCAA Division I-AA was made in 1988.

The team has apparently had many other helmet designs through the years. I have partial information for a few other helmet designs used by Liberty in the past; photographs of these would be greatly appreciated:

*1 The stripe sequence on this helmet went (from left to right) blue-white-red.

*2 Worn during the 2010 home game against Stony Brook.

*3 First worn August 29, 2013 (at Kent State).

*4 First worn September 7, 2013 (vs Monmouth).

*5 First worn October 26, 2013 (at Gardner-Webb).

*6 First worn October 4, 2014 (vs Richmond).

*7 Worn November 8, 2014 (vs Monmouth).


MONMOUTH

1993 - 2003 2004 - 2013 2014 -

Monmouth's football team first played in 1993, and these are apparently the only helmet designs ever used by the team.


PRESBYTERIAN

? - 1995 1996? - 2003 2004 - 2006
2007 - 2012 2013 2014 -

An earlier helmet design (c.early-mid 1990s) has been described as featuring a blue "P" that was a "lot thicker" than the letters on the current helmet. I have never received any information about earlier helmet designs used by this team.