Helmets of Future College Teams

This page contains announced helmet designs for college teams that will begin varsity play in the year 2016 or later; there were seven new teams in 2015. The new teams for the 2015 season were Kennesaw State (of the NCAA Division I-Football Championship Division Big South Conference), East Tennessee State (NCAA Division I-Football Championship Division Southern Conference), Finlandia (NCAA Division III independent team), Lyon (NAIA Central States Football League), and three NJCAA junior college teams - ASA College Miami, Hocking College, and Northland Community and Technical College. Helmet images for the new-for-2015 teams have been moved to their respective conference pages.

If you are associated with one of these future teams and have information about what the team's helmet design will look like, I would certainly appreciate hearing from you, but PLEASE wait until a ***FINAL*** decision is made about what the helmets will look like! If there is any doubt, I would prefer that you wait until shortly before the team plays its first game!

One fact became abundantly clear to me after having worked on this web site for several years is that many colleges will put together for ceremonies associated with the arrival of varsity football some sort of helmet design that is never really intended to be a "prototype" design for the team; it would probably be better to call such a helmet a "prop" helmet. It is my impression that decisions about actual helmet designs are usually reserved for the head coach to make, and rarely will a head coach have been named as soon as a decision is made to institute a team. So, without additional information to indicate otherwise, I do not consider photographs from "football introduction festivities" showing "prop" helmets to be reliable information about actual helmet designs. There is little reason to send me photographs from these future teams' web sites unless they are accompanied by a caption indicating that a helmet design which the team will actually use is shown - besides, I've probably already seen them.

The following four-year colleges and universities have announced that they will be adding varsity football programs either in 2016 or subsequent years (first year of play in parentheses):

There certainly may be others as well which I have not heard about, so please let me know if you have any additions! (including colleges in Canada and junior or community colleges).

New Teams for 2016


CCU's athletic teams are called the "Eagles" and the school colors are listed as purple and gold. The team used dark gray helmets with an "eagle" logo on the sides during the team's first game. First game: August 27 vs Union (KY)


Davenport's team will be nicknamed the "Panthers" and the school colors are red and black. The team used the design shown above during its first game in 2016. First game: August 27 vs Taylor


Morthland's football team will be called the "Patriots" and the school colors are crimson and forest green. The team played a JV schedule in 2015 while using white helmets with the school's athletic logo - a "patriot" in front of the letter "M" - on the sides. First game: September 3 vs Robert Morris University-Peoria (club football team)


UTPB'S athletic teams are called the "Falcons" and orange and white are the school colors. At least two helmet designs were initially announced for the team, one with a white shell and one black, each with a "wing" design. (There may be two black designs - one "shiny" and one "matte" finish.) First game: September 3 vs Sul Ross State


UWF's team will be known as the "Argonauts" and the above helmet design has been announced as the one which will be used by the team. First game: September 3 at Ave Maria

Other colleges which may start football teams

Below are listed some other colleges which may be adding football as a varsity sport in the near future, or which at least appear to be considering doing so, and some others which have recently rejected the idea. For each of these, it is my impression that the addition of football is not yet a certainty. (There are probably many others besides those listed here; reports about additional schools, both in the United States and Canada, would be appreciated.)