Missouri Valley Football Conference


ILLINOIS STATE INDIANA STATE MISSOURI STATE
"Redbirds" "Sycamores" "Bears"
Normal, IL Terre Haute, IN Springfield, MO
NORTH DAKOTA STATE NORTHERN IOWA SOUTH DAKOTA
"Bison" "Panthers" "Coyotes"
Fargo, ND Cedar Falls, IA Vermillion, SD
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WESTERN ILLINOIS
"Jackrabbits" "Salukis" "Leathernecks"
Brookings, SD Carbondale, IL Macomb, IL
YOUNGSTOWN STATE
"Penguins"
Youngstown, OH

Comments

North Dakota State has a new helmet design in 2012 (shown above); the helmet logo has been modified slightly. Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, and Youngstown State also have new helmet designs in 2012 (shown above).

South Dakota is a new member of this conference for the 2012 season.


Historical Helmets

ILLINOIS STATE

c.1968 - c.1971 1980? 1981? - ?
c.late 1980s - 1993 1994 - 1995 1996 -

INDIANA STATE

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 -

*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.


MISSOURI STATE

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
2010 -

Thanks to Jeff K. for information on most of these helmets. This is believed to be a complete (or nearly complete) set of historical helmets for this team for the period covered by this web site (1960 to present). The school's name was changed from Southwest Missouri State University to Missouri State University in August, 2005.

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


NORTH DAKOTA STATE

? - 1999? 2000? - 2011 2012 -
*see note 1 below

An earlier helmet featured a different bison logo; below is a photo of this one. Whether any stripes were present is unclear, as is the helmet shell color (it has been referred to as "sunflower gold"). I would assume that the bison was green in color but no photographs have been received to verify this assumtion.

I have received conflicting information as to when this helmet was used; one person reported late 1960s through 1977, while another said 1967 through 1972. I think the team may have used plain yellow helmets during earlier seasons.

*1 Conflicting information has also been received as to the dates of use for this helmet: one person reported that it was first used in 1973, while another said 1978; both agreed, however, that the helmet color was eventually changed from its original color. The change has been described as from "sunflower to packer gold", and as from "gold to yellow". Obviously I would appreciate some color photographs from the earlier years.


NORTHERN IOWA

1976 - 1979?; 1981? 1980 c.1980s
1990 - 1996 1997 - 2000 2001
2002 -

An earlier Northern Iowa helmet design (shown below) featured the letters "NI" inside an oval-shape of some unknown light color; this picture is from about 1975.


SOUTH DAKOTA

c.early-mid 1990s? ? - 2003 2004 - 2010
2011 -

Very little information has been received about historical helmet designs for this team. During at least part of the 1999 season, South Dakota used a logo consisting of the team name "Coyotes" in a script style, colored white and narrowly outlined in some dark color, which was worn on red helmets with white facemasks; I would appreciate a copy of this "Coyotes" logo. It has been reported to me that during the 1980s the team used a logo identical to the one appearing on the "?-2003" helmet shown above.

I have received a copy of what is said to be a helmet logo used by USD in 1991 and during the 1970s; the logo is a rather simple, white "U" which was worn on red helmet shells. I would appreciate photographs of this helmet.


SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

? - 2004 2005 - 2010 2011 -

The next earlier helmet before those shown above has been described as having the team nickname "JACKS" in gold, "within a gold horizontal stripe scheme". Other than this item, I have never received any information about earlier helmet designs used by South Dakota State other than the photograph below, which is from 1965. The helmets are probably some shade of blue with white numerals, and white and yellow stripes.


SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

c.1980s c.1993 c.mid 1990s
? - 2000 2001 - 2003 2004 - 2011
2012 -

WESTERN ILLINOIS

1960 - 1962 1963 1964 - 1965
1966 1967 1968 - 1973
1974 - 1975 1976 1977 - 1978
1979 - 1983 1984 - 1996 1997 - 2011
2012 -

YOUNGSTOWN STATE

1984 - 1985 1986 - 1988 1989 - 2011
2012 -

The helmets used during the 1960s have been described as having red shells with white numerals and a white stripe.