Missouri Valley Football Conference


ILLINOIS STATE INDIANA STATE MISSOURI STATE
"Redbirds" "Sycamores" "Bears"
Normal, IL Terre Haute, IN Springfield, MO
MURRAY STATE NORTH DAKOTA NORTH DAKOTA STATE
"Racers" "Fighting Hawks" "Bison"
Murray, KY Grand Forks, ND Fargo, ND
NORTHERN IOWA SOUTH DAKOTA SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
"Panthers" "Coyotes" "Jackrabbits"
Cedar Falls, IA Vermillion, SD Brookings, SD
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS YOUNGSTOWN STATE
"Salukis" "Penguins"
Carbondale, IL Youngstown, OH

Historical Helmets

ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY

1969 ? - 1968; 1970 - 1971 1972 - 1979
1980 - 1981 1982 - 1987 1988 - 1993
1994 - 1995 November 17, 2018 September 4, 2021
October 2, 2021 October 16, 2021 November 6, 2021;
November 13, 2021
November 20, 2021 October 1, 2022 October 29, 2022
1996 -

The photograph below indicates that ISU used the college football centennial "100" logo in 1969; the colors are unknown.

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INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

1966 - 1967 1968 1969 - 1971
*see note 1 below
1972 - 1973 1974 - 1977 1978 - 1989
1990 - 1998 1999 - 2000 2001 - 2004
2005 - 2007 October 17, 2009 2009 (late season)
*see note 2 below
2008 - 2009 (early season);
2010 - 2013
2014 - 2016 2017 - 2019
2021 -

*1 In 1969 the circular logo was worn on the left sides of the helmets; on the right sides was worn a version of the "100" football centennial logo. I do not yet know what colors were used in ISU's version of this logo, but the football-shape was of some dark color with a white outline and with white numerals.

*2 This design was used during the 2009 road game at Illinois State.

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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

1954 - 1964 1965 - 1967
(Offense)
1965 - 1967
(Defense)
*see note 1 below
1968 1969 1970 - 1972
1973 - 1974 1975 1976
1976 - 1977? 1978? - 1980 1981
1982 - 1983 1984 - 1986 1987
1988 - 1993 1994 - 1995 1996
1997 - 1999 2000 - 2004 2005 - 2009
'B' 'C' 'A'
2014 2014 2010 - 2016
'D' 'E' 'F'
2015 - 2016 2015 - 2016 2015 - 2018
'G' 'H' 'I'
2016 2017 - 2018 2017 - 2018
'J' 'K' 'L'
2018 - 2019 2019 2019
*see notes 2 and 3 below *see notes 2 and 4 below *see notes 2 and 5 below
'M' 'N' 'O'
2019 2020 - 2022 2023 -
*see notes 2 and 6 below
'P'
2023 -

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

The name of this university was Southwest Missouri State University until 2005.

*1 The defensive unit was known as the "Head Hunters" during this period, and that phrase appeared at the bottom of the logo (not legible at this size).

*2 Each of these designs has the number 20 on the left side of each helmet; I could locate no specific documentation as to why this was implemented, but this was almost certainly done in memory of team member Richard Nelson, who was murdered in Las Vegas in January 2017; 20 had been Nelson's uniform number at Missouri State.

*3 On the right side of this design is a white 'bear face' logo (as represented below).

*4 On the right side of this design is a maroon 'bear face' logo (like that on both sides of design 'F').

*5 On the right side of this design is a pink 'bear face' logo (like that on both sides of design 'H').

*6 On the right side of this design is a 'camouflage' 'bear face' logo (as represented below).

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MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY

1960 - 1961 1963 1962; 1964
1965 - 1966 1967 - 1977 1978 - 1981
1982 1983 - 1986 1987
1988 - 1989 1990 1991 - 1992?
1993 - 1995 1996 1997 - 1999
2000 - 2005 2006 - 2009 2010
2011 - 2012 2013 2014 - 2015
2016 - 2019 2020* - 2021 2022 -
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below *see note 3 below

Murray State was one of the earlier teams to use a helmet logo; in 1963 a "horse head" was apparently worn during most of the team's games (photograph below). I have been unable to locate any clearer photograph of this design.

*1 In 2016 and 2017 the "M" logo was worn on the left side only of this design; uniform numbers were worn on the right side. In 2018 and 2019 the "M" logo was worn on both sides.

*2 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of this design; the right side is "blank".

*3 The "M" logo is present on the left side only of this design; the right side is usually "blank" but various logos have been worn on the right side during five games in 2022 and 2023 (as depicted below).

October 29, 2022 -
November 19, 2022
October 14, 2023 November 4, 2023

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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

? - 1968 1969 - 1970 1971 - 1985
1986 - 1989 1993 - 2008 2009 - 2015
'A'
2016 - 2019 2020* - 2022 2023 -
*see note 1 below
'B' 'C' 'D'
2023 - 2023 - 2023 -

In 2023 North Dakota used four of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: A-A-A; A-A-B; A-C-C; D-A-A (the last game being an FCS playoff game vs Sacramento State).

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

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

? - 1962 1963 1965
1969 1964; 1966 - 1977 1978
'B'
1979 - 1998 1999 - 2011 2015 -
*see note 1 below
'C' 'A'
2021 - 2012 -

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

This team's helmet design history is fairly clear with a few exceptions; below are some cropped photographs from the university's archives (at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndsu-university-archives/albums/with/72157627911057859 ) showing a few other designs for which only partial information has been located:

The first photograph dates from the early 1960s when NDSU wore uniform numbers on the team's helmets. In all likelihood these are green numbers on yellow helmets, but no color photographs have yet been located to confirm the suspected colors. Two photographs from 1963 show the numbers apparently no longer in use, with NDSU appearing to use "plain" probably yellow helmets with probably white/green/white middle stripes.

The standing bison logo with small letters "NDSU" on its side was apparently first used in 1964. Photographs dated 1965 (such as the two middle ones above) appear to show a slightly different logo in use - the interior of the bison appears to be largely light in color rather than dark (green) as on the 1964 & 1966-1977 design. Also there is no apparent sign of the lettering "NDSU" within. I would greatly appreciate any clearer photographs of this design.

The fourth photograph above shows the college football centennial logo in use during at least one game in 1969 (vs Montana in the Camellia Bowl). As is usually the case the colors used within the logo are unknown at present, and the logo was apparently used inconsistently on different helmets (being on the left side only in some cases, and on the right side only on other helmets).

The standing bison logo was used through 1977. A new helmet logo was adopted in 1978; the facemask color from this first year is unknown but it would appear to be a light color (probably gray or yellow) rather than the green color which was adopted in 1979. Any color photographs from 1978 would be appreciated.

*1 Gray facemasks may have been used with this design during its earlier years of use.

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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

1976 - 1979?; 1981? 1980 c.1980s
1990 - 1996 1997 - 2000 2001
October 27, 2012 2002 - 2013 November 1, 2014
October 17, 2015;
October 24, 2015
2014 - 2018 2019 - 2020*
2021 2022 -

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

c.1960s c.early 1970s c.late 1970s
mid 1980s 1989 - 1990 1991
1992 - 1993 c.1996 1998 only?
1999 only? ? - 2003 2004 - 2010
'D' 'A' 'B'
November 22, 2014;
2015
2011 - 2015 2015 -
'C' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2018 - 2019 -
'G'
2023 -

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

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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

- 1968 1969 1970 - 1971
1974 1975 1976
1972 - 1973; 1977 1978 1979 - 1980
1981 - 1983 1984 - 1995 1996 - 2004
'A' 'B'
2005 - 2010 ? - 2004 2005 - 2010
*see note 1 below
'C' 'D' 'E'
2016 2016 - 2018 2016
*see note 2 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2021 - 2022 - 2023 -
'I'
2023 -

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

SDSU used a new helmet logo on October 25, 2014 (vs Youngstown State - see photo below); I would appreciate a copy of the artwork for the "JACKS" logo used during this game.

*1 This design has the "rabbit head" on its left side only; the right side has yellow uniform numerals (as represented below).

*2 This design has the "rabbit head" on its left side only; the right side has white uniform numerals (as represented below).

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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

? - 1967 1968 1969 - ?
? - 1976 1977 1978 - 1982
1983 1984 - ? c.late 1980s
c.mid 1990s ? - 2000 2001 - 2003
'A'
2004 - 2011 2012 - 2015 2016 - 2018
*see note 1 below
'B' 'C' 'D'
2018 2019 - 2019 -
*see note 1 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2021 - 2021 - 2021 -
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'H' 'I' 'J'
2021 - 2021 - 2022 -
'K' 'L' 'M'
2022 - 2023 - 2023 -
'N' 'O' 'P'
2023 - 2023 - 2023 -

SIU used five different new helmet designs in 2023, two of which featured a new logo - the team name 'Salukis' in a script style (photograph below). Efforts to locate the artwork for this new logo - which will be necessary in order to add these designs to the website - have been unsuccessful thus far. The new logo was worn on both maroon and white helmets in 2023.

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

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

'A' 'B' 'E'
'G'

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YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

1984 - 1985 1986 - 1988 November 18, 2017
'F' 'A'
October 20, 2018 November 10, 2018 1989 - 2011; 2015 -
'B' 'C' 'D'
2012 - 2014; 2019 - 2019 2019
*see note 1 below
'E' 'G'
November 7, 2015;
November 12, 2016;
2019
2022 -

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

*1 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of this design; a logo is present on the right side (as depicted below).

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