Southern Conference


CHATTANOOGA THE CITADEL EAST TENNESSEE STATE
"Mocs" "Bulldogs" "Buccaneers"
Chattanooga, TN Charleston, SC Johnson City, TN
FURMAN MERCER SAMFORD
"Paladins" "Bears" "Bulldogs"
Greenville, SC Macon, GA Birmingham, AL
VIRGINIA MILITARY
INSTITUTE
WESTERN CAROLINA WOFFORD
"Keydets" "Catamounts" "Terriers"
Lexington, VA Cullowhee, NC Spartanburg, SC

Comments

Mercer and VMI were new members of this conference in 2014. East Tennessee State will resurrect its football team in 2015 as a member of the Southern Conference once again.


Historical Helmets

CHATTANOOGA

? - 1993? 1994 only? ? - 1999?
2000 2001 - 2002 2003 - 2006
2007 - 2012 2013 -

THE CITADEL

1960 - ? c.1964 c.1965
c.1967 c.1968 c.1971
c.1972 c.1973 c.1974
c.1977 1978 - 1982 1983 - 1986
1987 - 2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 - 2006 2007 - 2009
November 6, 2010 2010 2011
2012 -

The Citadel has a large and interesting helmet history with many other designs having been used since 1960 in addition to the ones shown above. I have partial information for a number of these:

I would not be at all surprised to learn of additional short-lived helmet designs from the 1960s. Below are photographs of some of the designs which I have not yet been able to add to the web site, due to the various uncertainties listed previously.


EAST TENNESSEE STATE

c.1990s ? - 2000 2001
2002 - 2003 2015 -

I have received little information about ETSU's team's earlier helmets. I believe that gold helmets have been used most years (including "plain" gold without logos during several years), but blue helmets were apparently used for at least a short time during the 1970s or 1980s; these featured a script "Bucs" logo during at least some years.


FURMAN

c.1970s ? - c.mid 1990s 1996? - 2010
2011 -

MERCER

2013 -

SAMFORD

1984 - 1986 ? - 1998? 1999
September 10, 2011 2000 -
*see note 1 below

*1 Worn during the 2011 home game vs Stillman.


VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE

? - 1965 1966 1967 - 1968
1969 1970 1971
1972 - 1975 1976 1977 - 1981
1982 - 1984 1985 - 1988 1989 - 1992
1993 1997 1998
1994 - 1996; 1999 - 2009 2010 -

For the time period covered by this web site (1960 to present) there are four other "known" VMI helmet designs which I have not yet been able to depict, due to insufficient information. Below are photographs of these four:

The 1969 helmet was apparently identical to the 1968 helmet except that a version of the "100" college football centennial logo was worn apparently on both sides. The photograph above is the clearest one I have seen of this helmet, and it is obviously not sufficient to reveal the color of the football-shape, though it appears to be either blue or black rather than red.

I am unsure about the helmet shell color and the middle stripe color of the 1970 helmet, though the "VMI" logo and two outer stripes were almost certainly red in color. I believe that the shell color was probably white in 1970.

The 1976 helmets were red with one white central stripe and a logo consisting of a white oval-shape containing a "flag". The flag does not appear to be a correct USA flag, as there appears to be only a single star in the canton. I would appreciate clearer photographs of this one and an explanation of the flag.

The 1997 helmet featured an intricate "VMI" logo worn on white helmets shells; I will need a copy of the logo in order to add this one to the web site. A larger and clearer photograph would also be helpful.


WESTERN CAROLINA

1950 - 1968 1989 1990
1992 - 1997 1998 - 2001 2002 - 2007
2008 - 2011 2012 2013 -

WOFFORD

1983 1985 - 1987 1988 - present

Wofford used black helmets during at least the early 1980s, and used white helmets around 1970. Overall, I have not received much historical information yet for Wofford.