Helmets of Discontinued American College Teams
This page contains helmet designs used in the past by college teams whose schools do not presently sponsor varsity football. Many dozens of American colleges have had varsity football teams in the past and have since dropped the sport altogether; below is a list that is believed to be complete (or nearly so) back to 1950, with some earlier dropped programs also listed. The information in this list comes primarily from the 1998 NCAA Football Record Book (thanks very much to Rick M. for sending me this list), and I have attempted to add to it all the colleges that have dropped football since 1998. The year listed is in most cases the last year that the school fielded a football team, but in some instances it refers to the year in which the decision to discontinue football was made. Many of these colleges have since changed names, merged with other colleges, or closed altogether. I would greatly appreciate information about football helmets used by varsity teams at any of these schools during the period 1960 to present.
Additions to this list would be appreciated!
Discontinued Major College Teams
|c.1990s?||c.1990s?||? - 1997|
|*see note 1 below|
Boston U. apparently used many different helmet designs through the years. I believe there were several different ones featuring white "BU" logos worn on red helmet shells, but I have received little specific information about these, and the dates of use are particularly uncertain. The Terriers were in the Atlantic 10 Conference when they played their last season in 1997.
*1 As a protest against the university's decision to disband the football program, the team elected to drop the uniform numerals from the helmets for the last two games in 1997.
|1970||1971||1972 - 1974|
|1975 - 1976||1977||1978 - 1979|
|1980 - 1984||1985 - 1987||1988 - 1991|
The Cal State-Fullerton football team existed from 1970 through 1992; it was a member of the Big West Conference during its last few years of existence.
Below are the best photographs of the "missing" helmets that I have yet received - I do not yet have any color photographs of these (except 1978-1979) but I think the helmet shells were almost certainly dark blue in each case. It appears to me that the oval-shape on the 1971 helmet contained an "F" but I have received a conflicting description which stated that it contained the text "Cal State Fullerton".
(No information yet for 1972 - 1974, and 1977).
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
|c.1992||? - 2001|
Cal State Northridge spent the 2001 season (the team's last) as an NCAA Division I-AA independent, having previously been a member of the Big Sky Conference for several years. The black helmet shown above is the design used by CSUN during roughly the last four years of the team's existence; I believe that the helmet design used immediately prior to this one featured a plain red shell (no logos) with a black facemask (confirmation of this would be appreciated). I have received conflicting reports indicating that, during earlier seasons, the team used red helmets with black facemasks, a black stripe, and either: a black "N" logo, similar to the one used by Nebraska (according to one person), OR the team name "Matadors" (according to another person). No photographs of either of these have been received. The first helmet design shown above was in use during at least the 1992 game against Cal State-Fullerton.
GWU (Washington, DC) fielded a major college team through the 1966 season; the last GWU team played a schedule that featured four current NCAA Division I-A teams and six current I-AA schools. The helmet shown above is one used by the team during at least the 1960 season. The 1966 helmet has been described as being plain white also, but with a blue/"yellowish-gold"/blue stripe sequence. Color photos would be appreciated.
|? - 1982||? - 1991||1992? - 2004|
|2005 - 2007||2008||2009|
Hofstra announced the discontinuation of its intercollegiate football team on December 3, 2009, citing a lack of interest in the team on behalf of the school's students and alumni, and a desire to re-allocate funding towards other pursuits. Hofstra's football team first played in 1937, and had moved from NCAA Division III to Division I-AA in 1991. The 2009 team finished with a 5-6 record.
I have partial information for some of Hofstra's other earlier helmet designs, and I could add some of these to the site if I could get some color photographs to clarify some of the following uncertainties about the colors:
During the very early 1960s, the team was using dark-colored helmet shells (probably blue) with light-colored players' uniform numerals on the sides. By 1963, the numerals were reduced in size and moved to the front of the helmets; an "H" replaced the numerals on the sides of the helmets. I would appreciate some color photographs from these years.
By at least some time in 1964, the "H" was replaced with a logo that I cannot identify from the few photographs that I have seen showing it. A single light-colored stripe was also added to the helmet design in 1964.
Photographs from 1965 show Hofstra still using dark-colored helmets shells, but with another new logo - a light-colored "H" inside a dark-colored oval shape, which is in turn surrounded by a light-colored outline. The 1966 design was similar, but the colors within the logo were apparently reversed (the "H" was dark, and the oval shape apparently white).
In 1967 and 1968, Hofstra once again used light-colored players' uniform numerals on the sides of the helmet shells, which were still some dark color. There were several stripes of unknown colors on the helmets during these years.
A new logo was adopted in 1969 - an interlocking "HU" that appears to have probably been yellow or gold in color. A photograph from 1970 shows the team apparently reverting back to the design used in 1966; in 1971, this design was apparently modified by the dropping of the light-colored stripe.
I do not have any information for Hofstra from the year 1972, but in 1973 and 1974, the team was using the unusual helmet logo shown in the photograph here - a lower-case "h" above a "u", both inside a vertical oval-shape of some unknown color.
In 1975, plain blue helmets may have been used, and in 1976 the team once again used the 1966 helmet design, an "H" inside a light-colored oval. I believe that the oval -shape was yellow or gold in color in 1976, but had probably been white during the earlier years when it was in use.
LONG BEACH STATE
|1964 - 1965||1966 - ?||c.mid 1970s|
|? - 1981||1982 - 1983||1984 - 1989|
|*see note 1 below|
|1990 - 1991|
LBSU is one of several California schools which dropped intercollegiate football during the 1990s. The 49ers were in the Big West Conference in 1991, which was their last season of football. The team competed at the Division I level from 1969 through 1991.
I have not received much information for this team's earlier helmets. Some very poor-quality photographs recovered from the university's web site suggest that the team may have been using gold helmets (as opposed to yellow ones, like the first one shown above) during the 1960s. No logos are visible in the photographs that I have seen. However, it has been reported to me that the helmets were always yellow in 1964 and later.
*1 A mid-1970s helmet was very similar to this one, but featured the addition of a set of stripes colored brown/white/brown. The facemask color of this version is unknown.
|1958 - 1960|
The last varsity Marquette (Milwaukee, WI) football team played in 1960 and used the helmet design shown above.
|c.1980s||c.mid 1990s||? - 1999|
|2000 - 2003||2004 - 2009|
On November 20, 2009, the decision was made to end the football team at Northeastern, which had participated for many years as a member of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Colonial Athletic Association. The 2009 team had finished with a 3-8 record.
I do not have any information about earlier helmet designs used by Northeastern, but I believe that the team may have used red helmets at some point, and that there are probably many other historical designs used during the period covered by this web site (designs used since 1960).
|*see note 1 below|
|? - 1990||1991||? - 1995|
The University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) was a member of the Big West Conference when the school dropped its football program following the 1995 season; it was the last Division I-FBS school to do so until UAB discontinued football at the end of the 2014 season.
*1 This design was used at least through the period 1984 to 1987.
|c.1971 - 1974|
The University of Tampa (Tampa, FL) had an intercollegiate football team from 1933 through 1974; the team was discontinued despite enjoying considerable success during its last several seasons. The helmet design shown above was apparently used by the team for its last several years, but I have been told that the team made almost yearly changes through the 1960s. Information about any of these would be greatly appreciated. One earlier helmet has been described as having a maroon shell with white numerals on the sides.
|? - 1960||1961 - 1962||1963|
|1964||1965 - 1966||1967 - 1969|
|1970||1971 - 1973||1974 - 1977|
|1978 - 1980||c.1981||c.1985|
The Texas-Arlington Mavericks last played football in 1985 as a member of the Southland Conference. The team had played at the Division I level from 1970 through 1985, and in Division II from 1959 through 1969. The name of the school was Arlington State College prior to 1967, and the team nickname was "Rebels" prior to 1971.
|1960 - 1961||1962 - 1967||1968 - 1969|
|1970 - 1972||1973 - 1974|
Vermont's football team was nicknamed the 'Catamounts' and played its last season in 1974. The team had been a member of the Yankee Conference for many years.
|c.1960s||c.1970 - ?||c.early 1970s - 1980|
|*see note 1 below|
|1981? - 1983||1984 - 1986|
Wichita State last played football in 1986 as a Division I-A independent team; earlier the team was a member of the old Missouri Valley Conference (which still exists for other sports).
Some other helmet designs were used by the team during the period 1960 - 1980. One helmet featured the letters "WSU" in black, arranged diagonally; this logo was worn on either gold, white, or yellow helmet shells (perhaps on more than one of these colors) through the 1970s and in 1980. A design from the late 1960s featured a white "W" inside a black circle; I believe that this logo was worn on yellow helmet shells. Photographs or other information about these or other helmet designs would be appreciated.
The photograph below shows what I think may be another Wichita State helmet design from the early 1960 - the logo may be a cartoon "wheatshocker".
*1 This design was in use through at least the 1971 season.
Discontinued Smaller College Teams
|c.late 1960s - 1970?|
Adelphi University (Garden City, NY) had an intercollegiate football team for a short period during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The team played at the NCAA's College Division level, which was the predecessor of Division II and Division III. The Adelphi football team was a club-level team in the mid-1960s but was apparently a varsity team from 1968 through 1971.
The team apparently always used white helmets with one brown stripe, and some photographs from the period show some helmets with an oval-shaped logo containing the letter "A"; it is unclear whether the "A" logo was ever in widespread use. "Panthers" was the team nickname.
|2003? - 2005|
Citing financial difficulties, Allen University (Columbia, SC) discontinued its football team in early 2006 after three years of varsity play as an NAIA independent team. A club-level team had played in 2001 and 2002. The helmet design shown above is the only one for which I ever received any information, but it is certainly possible that others were used, particularly during the earlier years of the program. I believe that yellow helmets may have been used for a while, but perhaps only by the club-level team. The team nickname was "Yellow Jackets".
Baptist Christian University (Shreveport, LA) had an intercollegiate football team for an unknown period ending in 1983 (the school was established in 1973). I have been unable to locate even the team nickname, and the photograph below is the only one I have found showing a helmet design used by the team - the logo may be an "Indian head". The photograph is from the 1978 season. The school was renamed Louisiana Baptist University in 1993; LBU does not presently have intercollegiate sports teams.
|? - 1999?||2000? - 2002?||2003? - 2005|
|2006||2007 - 2008|
Blackburn College (Carlinville, IL) announced the termination of its intercollegiate football team on January 21, 2009. The team had competed at the NCAA Division III level for many years, and in the Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference during 2008, the team's final season.
I have received some partial information about a few other helmet designs used by Blackburn during the early 1990s: in 1990, the team used black helmets with silver facemasks and one single stripe; the helmets were "blank" until about midway through the football season, then silver uniform numerals were added to the sides of the helmets. In 1991, the facemasks were changed to black, two white stripes were added on either side of the silver stripe, and the numerals were replaced with the word "Blackburn" in silver, outlined in white. In 1992, the facemask color was changed again to red, the stripe sequence was altered to red-white-red, and the "Blackburn" decal was replaced with a white block "B" outlined in red. This design was used through at least the 1993 season. I would greatly appreciate photographs of any of these helmets. Thanks to Corny for this information.
|? - 1972||1973||1974|
|1975 - 1977||1978||1979|
|1980 - ?|
Boston State College (Boston, MA) had a football team from 1971 through 1981; the team was discontinued when the college merged with the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The team nickname was "Warriors".
Partial information is available for several other BSC helmets (no information was found for the 1971 and 1981 designs):
Below are some photographs from old BSC yearbooks.
Bradley University (Peoria, IL) had a football team for many decades which played its last season in 1970. Apparently throughout the 1960s the team used white helmets with a single red stripe and with red uniform numerals, except for the 1969 season when the numerals were replaced with the college football centennial "100" logo in some unknown color (photograph below).
CAL STATE HAYWARD
California State University, Hayward (Hayward, CA - now named California State University, East Bay) had a football team through the 1993 season; the team nickname was "Pioneers". The second helmet design shown above was used for at least several years during the mid-1980s; the first design was used during an unknown earlier period.
CAL STATE LOS ANGELES
The helmet design shown above was apparently used by this team during at least the 1966 and 1967 seasons. Cal State Los Angeles (also referred to as Los Angeles State) had a football team until 1978 which competed at the NCAA College Division level (predecessor of Division II). The team's nickname was "Diablos".
UC SAN DIEGO
The University of California San Diego (UCSD) had a football team for one season only - 1968 - during which it did not win a game. The only alleged helmet photograph that I have ever received for this team is the one below, supposedly from the game against La Verne ("LA VERNE" is clearly visible on the back of #88's jersey, and UCSD did play La Verne in 1968). If the photo has been correctly identified then UCSD wore white or yellow helmets, and a logo or numerals are detectable on the helmet of the player at far left.
UC SANTA BARBARA
|c.1960s||c.late 1980s?/early 1990s?|
The University of California, Santa Barbara had an intercollegiate football team for several decades through the 1971 season, when the program was first dropped. It was resumed in 1984 and dropped again after the 1991 season.
Below is a photograph of another design used by the team; this photograph is from the 1971 season.
|c.early 1970s||1979 - 1983; 1985||1986 - 1992|
|? - 1999?||2000 - 2001||2002|
Canisius (Buffalo, NY) announced the dropping of its football program on October 31, 2002. The Golden Griffins participated in the NCAA Division I-AA Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during their last several seasons, and in Division III earlier.
|c.late 1990s||2002 - 2004||2009 - 2011?|
|2012? - 2013||2014||2004 - 2008; 2015 -|
|*see note 2 below||*see note 1 below|
Cheyney University, an Historically Black school in Cheyney, PA, announced the termination of its football team on December 9, 2017, citing as a reason the school's ongoing financial difficulties. The football team, nicknamed the "Wolves", had participated as a member of the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for many years. I rarely received any information about this team, and it is entirely possible that some helmet designs used by the team were missed, even during the more recent football seasons.
During at least the 2001 season, Cheyney apparently used a helmet logo that was very similar to the one shown on the first helmet above, but with a white "CU" added to the logo.
I received a report prior to the start of the 2005 season indicating that Cheyney would be using a "C" logo that year, similar to the one used by Connecticut, but no photographs were ever provided showing such a decal, and the only photograph that I ever saw from the 2005 season showed the team using "plain" helmets without any side decals.
Descriptions (but not photographs) have been received for a couple of earlier helmet designs. In the mid-1970s the team used white helmets with the school name in blue letters on the sides, and a blue/white/blue stripe sequence. Another design was similar but with a blue "wolf head" logo replacing "Cheyney". During the early 1990s the team again used white helmets with a blue "wolf head" logo.
*1 The team used plain blue helmets during at least one game of the 2004 season (vs. Lock Haven) and at least one game in 2005 (vs. Bloomsburg).
*2 In 2012 and 2013 the "wolf"-shaped logo was worn only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side white uniform numerals were worn (as depicted below).
|? - 1982||1983 - ?||? - 1992|
|1995||1993 - 1994; 1996 -|
Chico State (CA) had a football team at the NCAA Division II level until 1997; the team nickname was "Wildcats".
|? - 2001||2002 - 2008|
Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO) announced the discontinuation of its intercollegiate football team on March 24, 2009, citing "a mandate from the school's board of trustees to reduce spending by $8 million to $12 million during the next fiscal year". The college's geographical isolation from other football-playing schools was apparently also a factor in the decision. The team had played at the NCAA Division III level for many years, and was a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2007 and 2008.
The above two helmet designs are the only ones for which I have received any information.
CONCORDIA COLLEGE (AL)
|2005||2006 - 2008||2009 - 2011|
|2012||2013||2014 - 2015|
Concordia College, an historically Black college in Selma, AL, had an unaffiliated football team for eleven years (2005 - 2015), which played mostly NAIA and NCAA Division II opponents. Financial reasons were cited for the discontinuation of the program in December 2015.
The above set of helmet designs are, to the best of my knowledge, all those used by the team, whose nickname was "Hornets".
The University of Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX) had an intercollegiate football team until 1967. I have zero information about this team except for a single photograph from 1960 showing the team using plain white helmets during a game against Arlington State. The team nickname was apparently "Tarpons". The current name of the school is Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
|? - 1999||2000 - 2002||2003|
|2004(?)||2004 - 2007||2008 - 2009|
|*see note 1 below|
Dana College (Blair, NE) announced that it would be closing on June 30, 2010. At the time of the announcement the college's football team had been a member of the NAIA Great Plains Athletic Conference for several years.
*1 It is unclear to me whether Dana ever actually used this design in 2004. I received information from the college prior to the 2004 season indicating that this design would be used by the team, but the only photographs I saw from any of the team's actual games showed the next helmet (with stripes) being used. Additional information would be appreciated.
Dillard University, an historically Black college in New Orleans, LA, had a football team until about 1965. The team apparently used plain white helmets during the early 1960s, sometimes with a single blue stripe, and at other times with no stripes.
|c.mid-late 1960s||c.early 1970s|
Eastern Montana College (which was renamed Montana State University-Billings in 1994) had a football team during at least the period 1947 through 1978. EMC was a member of the Frontier Conference from 1965 through 1978, and its predecessor, the Montana Collegiate Conference, from 1960 through 1964.
No information has been located for the team's last six seasons (1973 - 1978) but plain dark blue helmets were apparently used during the very late 1960s and early 1970s. Earlier, a cartoon "yellow jacket" logo was used for several years; the yellow jacket decals were gradually abandoned by about 1968 but a few remain visible in photographs until about 1970.
|1960 - 1964||1965 - 1970||1971|
|1972||1973 - 1974||1975 - 1976|
|1977 - 1980||1981 - ?||? - 1997|
Evansville (IN) was a member of the NCAA Division I-AA Pioneer Football League when the university dropped its football program following the 1997 season; the team nickname was "Purple Aces".
|1996 - 2001||2002|
Fairfield (Fairfield, CT) discontinued its intercollegiate football program in February 2003, the third team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to do so in a three-month span. The above are apparently the only two helmet designs used by the team during its seven-year existence from 1996 through 2002..
|? - 1964||1965 -|
Frederick College (Portsmouth, VA) existed as a four-year school from 1961 to 1968; the school closed its doors in 1968. The college's football team, the "Lions", played against other small colleges in the region from at least 1964 through 1967. The second helmet design shown above was apparently used in 1966, also, before an apparent switch to red helmets was made for the team's final season in 1967. Additional information about this team would be appreciated.
|1983 - 1989|
Georgia Southwestern had a football team only from 1983 through 1989 which used only the helmet design shown above. The team played at the NAIA level and was known as the "Hurricanes".
HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY
|2001 - 2005||2006 - 2008||? - 2000; 2009 - 2010|
|2011 - 2014|
Haskell (Lawrence, KS) announced the suspension of its NAIA independent football team on June 12, 2015; an announcement as to the future of the team is expected by November 1, 2015.
Haverford College (Haverford, PA) had a small-college football team until 1972; the team nickname was apparently "Fords". The photograph below shows a design used by the team in at least 1969 and 1970; assuming the school colors have not changed since then, the helmets are probably black with a red "H" logo.
|c.late 1960s - 1973|
The University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and its predecessor schools had a football team from at least 1950 through 1973; the team nickname by at least the late 1960s was "Chikas". The design shown above was apparently used by the team during its last few seasons (at least from 1969 through 1973). In 1969 this same design was used but with the addition of the college football centennial ("100") logo, which was worn on the back side of UICC's helmets; UICC's version of the logo featured white numerals outlined in red inside a dark blue football shape.
An earlier helmet logo used by the team apparently consisted of a dark-colored (probably red) "C" inside a circle. The school is now the University of Illinois at Chicago.
|c.mid 1990s?||c.late 1990s||? - 2001?|
|*see note 1 below|
|2005 only?||2002 - 2004; 2006 - 2008|
Iona College (New Rochelle, NY) announced the discontinuation of its intercollegiate football team on November 20, 2008. A press release from the college stated that "The dissolution of the MAAC Football League after the 2007 season and the lack of equitable opponents in Division I FCS football was [sic] the main factor in the decision".
*1 This helmet was in use at least as early as 1994, according to site visitor Justin S. Earlier helmet logos included an interlocking "IC" on gold shells, which was used on both gold and maroon helmets at different times.
|1997 - 2001||2002 - 2003||2004|
|2005 - 2007|
La Salle announced the termination of its intercollegiate football program on November 19, 2007; the "steady dissolution of the MAAC Football League and the changing landscape of collegiate football" were cited as reasons for the university's decision. The team had been restored in 1997 following a 56-year hiatus.
I believe that the four helmet designs shown above were the only ones used by the team during its 11-year existence.
|c.1994||1998? - 2007||2008 - 2009|
Lambuth University (Jackson, TN) has announced that it will be closing on June 30, 2011. The school's football team has been a member of the NAIA and Mid-South Conference in recent years, and was known as the "Eagles". I have been unable to add the team's last two helmet designs to the web site due to the fact that I never received copies of the helmet logos for them; both featured "LU" logos and may be seen in the photographs below:
|1991||1992 - 1993|
As a four-year college, Lees-McRae (Banner Elk, NC) had an NAIA football team for three years (1991 - 1993) which used the designs shown above. Prior to 1991, the school was a two-year college (with a football team). The team nickname was "Bobcats".
Lubbock Christian College (Lubbock, TX - now Lubbock Christian University) had an NAIA football team for just four seasons - 1979 through 1982. The team used at least two helmet designs during this period: one with an unknown white-and-blue logo, which was worn on red helmet shells, and another with the word "Chaps" (shortened form of the team nickname "Chaparrals") on helmets of unknown color (probably red). Below are photographs of these two designs.
The above are apparently the first and last designs used by the team, but there may have been another design used in 1980 and/or 1981 (photograph below); a rather spindly-looking logo (possibly a "roadrunner") may be present on this design. I am not certain that this is an LCC helmet.
|? - 2000?||2001? - 2005|
Mansfield (Mansfield, PA) was a member of the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference when the termination of the program was announced on November 16, 2006, an 0-10 2006 season having been completed by the team a few days earlier. "Mansfield University is too small an institution to support a football program in the manner it deserves," (University president Maravene) Loeschke said in a statement. She said the decision was troubling to former Mansfield football players, but said the school would consider reinstating the program if it could raise an endowment to fund it. "If we are able to raise sufficient funds in this way, we will open discussion about re-establishing a football program at whatever level - Division II, Division III, or Independent League - we can properly support," Loeschke said. (source for these quotes: article entitled "Mansfield eliminates football program", dated November 16, 2006, at centredaily.com (link.)).
In 2006, the last Mansfield team had worn a new helmet logo, apparently a large white "M", on its black helmets; below is a photo of the 2006 helmet. I would appreciate a copy of the 2006 helmet logo, so that I may add this one to the web site.
|c.late 1990s?||2003? - 2013||2014|
|*see note 1 below|
|2015 - 2016|
|*see note 2 below|
Maranatha Baptist University (Watertown, WI; previously Maranatha Baptist Bible College) announced the "retirement" of its football team on February 2, 2017. A statement issued by the university indicated that the decision was made "primarily for the well-being and safety of the student-athletes, with additional consideration given to recruiting challenges, eroding constituent support of football in general, and declining player retention." The team had existed for 47 football seasons but I have not received any information about designs used by the team prior to the late 1990s.
The team nickname was changed from "Crusaders" to "Sabercats" for the 2014 season.
*1 This design was apparently in use during at least parts of the 2003, 2004, and 2005 seasons, but it may have been first used prior to 2003.
*2 The 2015-2016 design has uniform numerals on its left side only; the right side has a "sabercat" logo (as shown below).
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
UMES, an historically Black college located in Princess Anne, MD, had a football team for several decades which played its last season in 1979.
UMass-Boston had lost 29 of its last 30 games and was a member of the NCAA Division III New England Football Conference when the college announced the disbanding of its football program at the end of the 2000 season. The helmet design shown below is one that the team was using during at least the last year or two of its existence.
|c.late 1990s||2001? - 2003|
UMass-Lowell was a member of the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference at the time the school announced the termination of its intercollegiate football program in March 2003. Another design used in the last few years by UMass-Lowell featured the school's name in red and white letters, worn on blue helmet shells; this one was used (I believe) chronologically between the two designs shown here.
|1996 - 2008||2009 - 2010||2011|
|2012 - 2013||2014|
Menlo College (Atherton, CA) announced the termination of its NAIA-member intercollegiate football team on February 2, 2015, citing scheduling difficulties and the expense of the program. The team had played for 29 years (1986 through 2014).
Descriptions of some earlier Menlo helmet designs have been received:
Photographs of any of these earlier helmets would be appreciated.
Morris Brown College, an historically Black college in Atlanta, GA, announced the suspension of all its intercollegiate athletic teams in May 2003; the school was in the midst of a financial crisis and had lost its accreditation earlier in the year. The football team had recently moved to NCAA Division I-AA where it competed as an independent. The helmet design shown above was used by the team during at least its last couple of years.
Morthland College (West Frankfort, IL) had a varsity football team for one year only (2016) prior to the school's May 17, 2017 announcement that it would be discontinuing all intercollegiate athletic teams. The 2016 team was a member of neither the NCAA nor the NAIA, but did play an eight-game schedule featuring three NCAA or NAIA opponents (UW-Oshkosh, Lyon, and Maranatha Baptist Bible); the game listed on Morthland's schedule at Washington University-St. Louis was apparently played against that school's JV team. At least two helmet designs were used: a white helmet with green "M" during the first three games, and a white helmet with a 'patriot'/'M' logo beginning with game #4 (October 1 vs Maranatha Baptist Bible).
|1987 - 1988||1989 - 1990||1991 - 1995|
|1996 - 1998||1999 - ?||? - 2001|
Mount Senario College (Ladysmith, WI) announced the discontinuation of all its intercollegiate athletic programs on December 12, 2001; the "Fighting Saints" had competed in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference prior to the announcement. The team's last helmet design is shown in the photograph below (the blue helmet); a copy of the logo used on this helmet would be greatly appreciated. The logo appears to simultaneously represent the letter "M" and a mountain, and it has been reported to me that there is a smaller "T" to the right of the "M", and a small "halo" above the "M".
I have received descriptions of some of the team's earlier helmets:
Photographs of any of these would be greatly appreciated.
Photographs of any of these would be greatly appreciated.
|c.late 1960s||c.1980s||1996 - 2006|
|2007 - 2010|
UNO announced the discontinuation of its football team in March 2011. The team had competed at the NCAA Division II level and was a member of the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association during its last three seasons.
NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY
NJCU's football team used this design during the last year or two of its existence; the team was discontinued in March 2003 for financial reasons. NJCU had been a member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference prior to the program's termination.
UNO had a club-level team from 1965 until 1971, which used this helmet for at least part of that time. For information about the UNO team and efforts to reinstate it in the near future, perhaps at the I-AA non-scholarship level, please visit privateerfootball.com. Thanks to Jim T. for information on this helmet.
This design was used by Niagara's (NY) club level team around the year 1980.
The NEIU football team existed from 1976 through 1988. From at least 1977 through 1981 the team apparently used plain dark-colored helmets without any stripes or logos on the sides; the helmet color was reported to me many years ago to be brown, but the school colors presently are blue and gold. No color photographs have yet been located for this team.
Northwood Institute (now Northwood University), located in Cedar Hill, Texas, had a football team from 1968 through 1971. The team was known as the Cavaliers in 1968, and as the Knights during subsequent years.
In 2014 Paine College (Augusta, GA) had an intercollegiate football team for the first time since 1964, which used the helmet design shown above. At the end of the 2014 season the team was "suspended" for at least two years according to this article. The "Lions" played as members of the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2014.
|? - 1964||1965 - 1968||1969 - ?|
Parsons College (Fairfield, IA) had a football team from 1893 through 1970; the school closed in June 1973. The team was known as the Wildcats.
|2000 - 2005?||2006?|
Paul Quinn College (Dallas, TX) had an NAIA independent football team for a short time during the early 2000s - specifically 2000 (I think) through 2006. The team used plain gold helmets for several years, but I have received photographs from a game against Howard Payne in 2006 in which the team can be seen wearing plain purple helmets. The team apparently did not ever use a helmet logo.
The college also had a team several decades earlier, which played its last season in 1967.
The clearest photograph that I have received of any helmet design used by Plattsburgh State (Plattsburgh, NY) shows the helmet design above - note that the logo is substantially different from the one used at the same time by the NFL's Cardinals (who were based in Saint Louis at that time). Other photographs (see below) that I have received (including additional ones allegedly from the 1973 season) show a logo that very closely resembles the one used by the NFL team - I would appreciate clarification as to specifically when these different logos were in use.
The white helmet with cardinal head logo was reportedly a new design for the 1973 season. The team is reported to have used "various designs" prior to 1973, including "midnight blue with no logo" in 1972. The more NFL-looking logo was apparently used with at least one red stripe, and with red facemasks, during later years - again I would appreciate specific information as to when these changes were made. The team was discontinued in 1979.
|? - 2008|
Principia (Elsah, IL) announced the "suspension" of its football team in late January 2009. Interestingly, financial reasons were not blamed, but rather concerns about "the small size of the team, the amount of experience among team members, the level of competition on the current schedule, and our ability to prepare athletes and coaches to compete effectively" (source: quote attributed to college President Jonathan Palmer, appearing in "Football suspended" by Maija Baldauf and K.C. Gahlon, The Principia Pilot, February 6, 2009).
The team used plain gold helmets during its last several seasons, and I have never received any information about earlier helmet designs used by the team.
QUANTICO MARINE CORPS BASE
The Quantico Marine Corps Base (Quantico, VA) had a football team from 1921(?) through 1972 which played a diverse set of opponents including many teams now playing at the NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision level. Below are the clearest photographs I have received of helmets used by the Marines; I have no definite information about the color of the helmets, but I think they were very probably scarlet with a gold or yellow stripe (scarlet and gold are the traditional colors of the Marine Corps). The logo is almost certainly the Marines' traditional Eagle, Globe, and Anchor logo in some unknown color (probably white or gold). I would greatly appreciate any color photographs of Quantico football helmets.
During at least the 1989 season the Ramapo (Mahwah, NJ) "Roadrunners" used the helmet design shown above. The team played at the NCAA Division III level until it was discontinued in 1993.
|? - 2001||2002 - 2003||2004 only?|
|2005 - 2009||2010||2011 - 2012|
|2013 - 2016|
On February 3, 2017 Saint Joseph's College (Rensselaer, IN) announced that it was suspending all operations at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. A large debt and other financial issues were cited and it is unclear whether the school will ever re-open.
The SJC football team had existed for many decades but I never received any information about its helmet designs from before the year 2001. The team was nicknamed the "Pumas" and competed in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2016.
SAINT MARY OF THE PLAINS
This helmet was used by Saint Mary of the Plains (Dodge City, KS), an NAIA team which participated in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, during the late 1960s and 1970s. The school closed in 1992. A later helmet logo was described as a "stylized 'St Marys' in script"; this was used during the late 1980s through the team's final season.
SAINT MARY'S (CA)
|c.1983||? - 1999||2000 - 2002|
|2003 - 2004|
ST. JOHN'S (NY)
|? - 2001||2002|
St. John's (Jamaica, NY) announced the discontinuation of its football team on December 16, 2002; the team participated in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during its last year.
|2003 - 2004||2005 - 2010|
|*see note 1 below|
Saint Paul's (Lawrenceville, VA) discontinued its entire athletic program in May 2011. The school's intercollegiate football team had existed for six years and had been a member of the NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
*1 This helmet was used by Saint Paul's club-level team in 2003 and 2004 (it was incorrectly reported to me that the varsity team which began play in 2005 would also be using this design). In the one decent photograph that I have seen of this helmet, the placement of the "tiger stripes" varied considerably from one helmet to the next; apparently no specific pattern was designated for their use.
|c.late 1970s||? - 1998||2003 - 2004|
|1999 - 2002; 2005 - 2006|
St. Peter's (Jersey City, NJ) had an intercollegiate football team from 1971 through 2006.
|c.mid 1980s||c.late 1980s||c.late 1980s|
The last Salem College (Salem, WV) football team played in 1988, at which time the team participated in the NAIA's West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The team was known as the "Tigers".
The above design was apparently used from 1970 through 1972 (the team's last season) by the San Francisco "Dons". The team had used dark-colored helmets (probably green) during the late 1960s.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE
|c.1990||? - 1994|
The second design shown above was used by at least the last two San Francisco State teams in 1993 and 1994. In about 1985 the team apparently used purple helmets with a gold football-shaped logo on the sides containing the team nickname "GATORS". The team played at the NCAA Division II level during its last few years.
|? - 1982||1983 - 1993|
These are apparently the last two helmet designs used by Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA) prior to the termination of its football program after the 1993 season.
|? - 1977||1978||1980|
|*see note 1 below|
Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ) had an intercollegiate football team from 1973 through 1981. .
*1 In 1979 this design had a logo like that shown on the 1980 helmet on its right side only; the left side was "blank".
|? - 2000||2002||2003|
The intercollegiate football program at Siena (Loudonville, NY) was terminated January 21, 2004. Siena had been a member of the NCAA Division I-AA Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference from 1993 through 2003, and a member of NCAA Division III from 1988 through 1992.
In 2001 Siena used helmets of a darker shade of green than were used the next two years. These featured a yellow block "S" logo which was quite similar to the one used by Stanford, and black facemasks. I would appreciate some photographs of the 2001 helmet, and a copy of the helmet logo for that year, so that I may add this one to the web site. Information about earlier helmets would also be appreciated.
|? - 2002?||2003|
This college, which was located in Huron, South Dakota, closed on April 1, 2005. Its football team had been a member of the NAIA Dakota Athletic Conference during its last few years.
During its final season in 2004 the team used a helmet logo which can be seen rather poorly in the photograph below. The logo featured the word "SITANKA" between the upraised wings of an eagle.
This design was used by the team at Sonoma State University (Sonoma, CA) during at least a few seasons in the early 1990s. This was apparently not the last design used by the team, however; I have seen some photographs from the late 1990s showing the team using black helmets with a logo consisting of the word "Sonoma" across a pair of crossed swords.
|2004 (at least one game)||2009 - 2010||2001 - 2008 (most games);
2011 - 2013
|2014 (first game)||2014||2015|
|*see note 1 below|
Stillman College, an historically Black college in Tuscaloosa, AL, announced that its intercollegiate football team would be dropped on December 3, 2015, citing financial difficulties. The "Tigers" had participated in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The modern era of football at Stillman began in 1999; I would appreciate any helmet information for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Before 1999 the college had last had a football team in 1950.
*1 "Plain" helmets were worn during at least one game in 2014 (game #1 vs West Alabama, September 6). Numerals were present on Stillman's helmets the following week (at Samford, September 13).
Swarthmore College (PA) announced the discontinuation of its football program on December 2, 2000. The Garnet had gone 4-5 during the 2000 season and had been a member of the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference. The helmet shown here was used during at least the last year or two of the program's existence. The previous helmet was maroon with a white block "S" logo, white facemask, and one white stripe.
The last Tarkio (Tarkio, MO) football team played in 1990 as a member of the NAIA Heart of America Athletic Conference; the college closed its doors shortly thereafter. The team was known as the "Owls". The helmet design shown above was used by the team at some unknown point in its history - probably during the 1970s or 1980s, based on its appearance in the photographs that I received.
The 1971 helmet has been described as "all white with a large deep purple T - the underside of the T was curved up to meet the center line".
|c.1969 - 1970||c.1971|
U.S. International University (San Diego, CA) had an intercollegiate football team which played its last season in 1979. The school was known as California Western University prior to 1968, and in 2001 it merged with another school to form what is now Alliant International University.
During the Cal Western years the team apparently used blue helmets, sometimes with a light-colored stripe and sometimes with light-colored numerals on the sides. I would appreciate any color photos from the years prior to 1969 and from the period 1972 through late 1970s.
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY TECH
|? - 1998?||1999? - 2000?||2001 - 2002|
|2006 - 2011|
The discontinuation of the WVU Tech football team was announced on November 14, 2011, with "the high cost of operating [the] program, coupled with low fan attendance and support" cited as reasons for the decision. The team had most recently competed in the NAIA Mid-South Conference.
This team used several different helmet designs during the early 2000s which I have been unable to add to the web site; I would greatly appreciate the necessary information for the helmets listed below before this information becomes lost in the shadows of time.
During at least the 2001 and 2002 seasons, West Virginia University Tech used a helmet logo that was only slightly different from the one the team used previously (c.1999 - 2000); below is a photograph. I would appreciate a copy of this logo so that I may add this historical helmet to the web site.
The team had another new helmet design for 2004. The helmets were dark blue (or maybe black?) and had a logo consisting of the word "TECH" in large white letters, with the words "WEST VIRGINIA" in smaller letters inside the horizontal bar of the "T" in "TECH". There were no stripes on the helmet. Again I will need a copy of the helmet logo in order to add this one to the site. Below is a photograph of one of the 2004 WVU Tech helmets:
In 2005, WVU Tech was using another new helmet design, shown in the photograph below. The helmets were some dark color (one person reported that they are black, though the school colors are blue and gold), and had a logo on the sides spelling the team name "BEARS", with a "paw" in place of the letter "B". I will need a copy of the 2005 helmet logo and confirmation of the helmet shell color in order to add this one to the web site.
An earlier helmet design used by the team (c.early 1980s) has been described as having a white shell, dark blue facemask, one dark blue stripe, and a logo consisting of the word "TECH" in gold letters with blue outlines.
|? - 1999||2000 - 2005||2006 - 2008|
Citing financial reasons, the difficulty of scheduling games against regional opponents, and the need to preserve other intercollegiate sports, WWU announced the termination of its 105-year-old football team on January 9, 2009. The team had competed at the NCAA Division II level for many years.
Partial information has been received about two earlier helmet designs: during the mid-1970s the team was using dark blue helmets with the same logo as is used by the NFL's Minnesota Vikings; at another unspecified time, the team used silver helmets with a blue version of that same logo.
|1957? - 1962?||1963? - 1964||1965 - ?|
|*see note 1 below||*see note 2 below|
|1970? - 1971?||? - 1972||1973 - 1974|
|*see note 3 below|
The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee had an intercollegiate football team through 1974. The team was known as the "Cardinals" through 1964, but a change to "Panthers" (and to new school colors) was made the following year. Due to scarce information the dates of use for several of these designs are uncertain.
*1 This design was used from 1957 through 1962, and possibly in 1956 and/or 1963 also.
*2 This design was used from 1965 through 1969, and possibly in 1970 also.
*3 This design was used in 1972, and possibly in 1971 also.
The football team of the University of Wisconsin at Superior played two games in 1992 before the program was abruptly terminated. The "Yellow Jackets" had competed in the NCAA Division III Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The team apparently switched between white, gold, and orange helmets prior to about 1980 but may have always used black helmets during its last decade or so. The 1992 team used black helmets with the script word "Jackets" on the side in white or gold; an earlier design (c.1980) used a black shell with an orange "UWS" logo on the sides (see photos below). The school colors were changed at some unknown time from black and orange to the current colors, gold and black. Additional information would be appreciated.
Discontinued Junior College Teams
GLOBE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
|? - 2011?||2012? -||? - 2015|
Globe Tech apparently discontinued its football team in mid-2016. I received very little information about this team while it was in existence and there may have been several other helmet designs used by the team during its last few years. The last design shown above was apparently in used during Globe's last game (vs Ellsworth C.C. in the Graphic Edge Bowl, December 6, 2015 at Cedar Falls, IA) and during at least one other game in 2015.
GRAND RAPIDS C.C.
|? - 2009||2010 - 2011|
Grand Rapids C.C. announced the termination of its football team on January 9, 2012, citing several reasons including scheduling difficulties, budget concerns, "compliance problems with federal Title IX regulations", and "the sudden departure of [head football] Coach [Tony] Annese". The team had been a member of the NJCAA Midwest Football Conference and had compiled a 21-2 record during its last two seasons.
In 2010 and 2011 GRCC used dark blue helmets with yellow facemasks and with a logo representing the letters "GR", which were yellow with white outlines. I would appreciate a copy of this logo, which you may see in the photograph below:
|? - 2011|
The discontinuation of the Harper College (Palatine, IL) football team was announced on January 16, 2012, with "budget issues and scheduling difficulties" cited as reasons. The announcement also made reference to the recent disbanding of the football teams at Midwest Football Conference rival schools Grand Rapids Community College and Joliet Junior College.
The Harper team was nicknamed the "Hawks" and used the design shown above during at least its last three years.
|? - 2010||2011|
Joliet Junior College (Joliet, IL) announced the elimination of its football team on November 9, 2011, citing "the high costs associated with operating the program and [the] need to balance gender equity among sports offered at the college due to Title IX requirements." The team had competed as a member of the Midwest Football Conference and the last two helmet designs used by the team are shown above.
|2010 - 2011|
The Lon Morris (Jacksonville, TX) "Bearcats" played for only two seasons (2010 and 2011). The college eliminated all of its intercollegiate sports teams in June 2012 as the school dealt with financial problems.
|? - 2008|
The College of Marin (Kentfield, CA) football team was discontinued following the 2008 season. The team was known as the "Mariners".
|? - 2010||2011 - 2016|
Mendocino College (Ukiah, CA) announced the termination of its football team on February 7, 2017. "Eagles" was the team nickname. The team apparently used plain blue helmets during its last several years, but information was always scarce and it is possible that other designs were used.
NORTH IOWA AREA C.C.
|? - 2008|
This team, known as the "Trojans", played its last season in 2008. The helmet design shown above was in use during at least the 2008 season.
|1992 - 2001(?)|
Ricks College (Rexburg, ID) had a successful junior college team for many years until its absorption by the Brigham Young University system in 2001. The helmet design shown above was apparently in use for several years during the 1990s and may have been the last design used by the team. Silver helmets with several different logos were worn through 1991. The team was known as the "Vikings".
|? - 2008||2009|
The Rock Valley College (Rockford, IL) team was cancelled on January 28, 2010, with academic deficiencies by the team cited as the reason. The team's last two known helmet designs are shown above. An earlier design (year of use unknown) appears in the photo below:
|? - 2011|
The governing board of Solano C.C. (Fairfield, CA) announced the termination of the school's football team on March 7, 2012. The team was nicknamed the "Falcons" and used the helmet design shown above during its last few seasons. I believe that this design had also been used with one blue stripe and with a blue-white-blue set of stripes at various times.
|? - 2009||2010 - ?|
"As part of its college wide budget reduction plan, West Valley College has discontinued its football program effective January 27, 2014." (- statement published on the website of West Valley College (Saratoga, CA)). The team nickname was 'Vikings' and 2013 was its last season.