Sun Belt Conference


APPALACHIAN STATE ARKANSAS STATE GEORGIA SOUTHERN
"Mountaineers" "Red Wolves" "Eagles"
Boone, NC Jonesboro, AR Statesboro, GA
GEORGIA STATE IDAHO LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
"Panthers" "Vandals" "Ragin' Cajuns"
Atlanta, GA Moscow, ID Lafayette, LA
LOUISIANA-MONROE NEW MEXICO STATE SOUTH ALABAMA
"Warhawks" "Aggies" "Jaguars"
Monroe, LA Las Cruces, NM Mobile, AL
TEXAS STATE TROY
"Bobcats" "Trojans"
San Marcos, TX Troy, AL

Comments

Appalachian State , Georgia Southern, New Mexico State, and Idaho were new members of this conference in 2014.


Historical Helmets

APPALACHIAN STATE

1960 - 1961 1965 1966
1962 - 1964; ? - 1969 1970 1971 - 1976
1977 - 1979 1980 - 1981 1982
1983 - 1988 1989 - 1994;
September 6, 2008
September 29, 2012
*see note 1 below
1995 - 2012 September 28, 2013;
November 23, 2013
September 6, 2014
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
2013 -

*1 This design was brought back for use during a home game against Jacksonville in 2008 to commemorate Coach Jerry Moore's 20th season as head coach; the team wore helmets and uniforms like those of Moore's first (1989) ASU team.

*2 Worn during two games of the 2013 season (vs Charleston Southern and vs Western Carolina).

*3 Worn during the 2014 home game against Campbell.


ARKANSAS STATE

? - 1965 1966 c.1969? - 1979
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1980 - ? ? - 1995 1996
*see note 3 below
1997 - 1998 1999 - 2005 2006
'A' 'B'
2007 - 2013 2014 - 2014 -
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'C' 'D' 'E'
2014 - 2014 - 2014 -
*see note 6 below *see note 7 below *see note 8 below

During the 2014 season Arkansas State used five of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: A-A-A; B-A-B; C-B-D; E-C-B; B (the last game being vs Toledo in the GoDaddy Bowl at Mobile, AL, on January 4, 2015.

The ASU team nickname was "Indians" prior to the 2008 football season.

*1 This design was in use from 1959 through 1965, and perhaps earlier.

*2 This design was used at least through the period 1974 to 1979 (possibly with other facemask colors having been used at various times), and the same logo was worn on the left sides of the helmets in 1969, with a version of the "100" decal that many teams used that season worn on the right sides.

*3 Two different versions of the helmet logo shown on this design were in use during the early 1980s; one with a white, curved line beneath the big "A", and one without the line. At least sometimes these were used simultaneously. It has been reported to me that the curved white line was a remnant of a large "U" that was part of the logo on one set of decals; most of the "U" was cut away when it was decided not to include it. The white facemasks were in use through at least 1987.

*4 First worn August 30, 2014 (vs Montana State).

*5 First worn September 20, 2014 (vs Utah State).

*6 First worn October 21, 2014 (at Louisiana-Lafayette).

*7 First worn November 8, 2014 (vs South Alabama).

*8 First worn November 15, 2014 (vs Appalachian State).


GEORGIA SOUTHERN

2006 October 13, 2012 November 9, 2013
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
October 11, 2014 1982 - 2005; 2007 -
*see note 3 below

Georgia Southern's team first played in 1982.

*1 Worn during the 2012 home game vs Wofford.

*2 Worn during the 2013 home game vs Western Carolina. The word "TEACHERS" was worn at the front of the helmet; this was the team nickname of the Georgia Teachers' College (predecessor of GSU) football team through 1941.

*3 Worn during the 2014 home game vs Idaho. Uniform numerals were worn on the left side of each helmet, while the right side featured GSU's circular "eagle" logo (as depicted below).


GEORGIA STATE

'A' 'B' 'C'
2010 - 2012 2013 - 2013 -
'D' 'E' 'F'
2013 - 2013 - 2013 -
*see note 1 below
'G' 'H'
2013 - 2014 -

In 2014 Georgia State used three of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: E-E-E; E-E-D; E-E-H; E-H-E.

In 2013 GSU used seven different designs in the following sequence: B-B-B; B-C-A; D-E-D; F-G-F.

2010 was the first year of varsity football for the GSU team.

*1 The "GSU" logo was worn only on the left side of this design; on the right side was a "panther head" logo (as depicted below).


IDAHO

? - 1964 1965 1965 - 1967
1968 - 1969 1969 1970
1971 - 1975 1976 - 1977 1978 - 1979
1980 1981 1982 - 1994
November 17, 2007 1995 - 2007;
November 13, 2010
October 31, 2009
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
September 10, 2011 October 8, 2011 2008 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
September 15, 2012 2012 -
*see note 5 below

Besides those depicted above, there are three other "known" helmet designs which have been used by Idaho since 1960; below are photographs of these:

The first two photographs show a helmet design which was used during the early portions of the 1965 season. The unusual decal apparently represents a "horn" or "wing" or hybrid thereof, as suggested by the fact that the cartoon logo on the "1971-1975" helmet depicts a bearded "vandal" wearing a helmet with horns that look like a bird's wings. The "horn" orientation is visible in the first photo, while some of the "feather" detail may be seen in the second photograph. These decals were apparently gold in color, and are identifiable in photographs from the games against Washington State, San Jose State, Utah State, and Oregon.

In 1969, Idaho used a version of the "100" logo, as may be seen in the two small color photographs. While it was reported to me previously that Idaho's version of the "100" logo was black with white numerals, these photographs appear to indicate that the football-shape was probably blue with white numerals that were outlined in red (which was apparently the most common version of the "100" decal in use in 1969). The "100" decals were reportedly not used during the last two games of the season.

Of greatest uncertainty is the helmet in the last photograph above. It was apparently used at some point in the 1970s, probably for a very short time, as this undated photograph is the only one I have received of this one. The helmet shell is probably silver, and the logo probably gold with a black outline. In January 2009 I received a report indicating that this design was in use during at least the game against Utah State in 1972.

*1 The 1995-2007 design was brought back for use during the home game against Boise State in 2010.

*2 This design was worn during a home game against Lousiana Tech in 2009.

*3 Worn during the 2011 home game against North Dakota.

*4 Worn during the 2011 home game against Louisiana Tech.

*5 Worn during the 2012 game at LSU.


LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

c.late 1960s - 1973 1974 1975 - 1979
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below *see note 2 below
1980 - 1986;
1992 - 1995
1997 1987 - 1991; 1996; 1998
'I' 'J'
1999 - 2001 2011 - 2012 2011 - 2012
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below
'H' 'A' 'B'
2002 - 2012 2013 - 2012 -
'C' 'D' 'E'
2013 - 2013 2013
'F' 'G'
2014 - November 17, 2012
*see note 5 below

In 2014 Louisiana-Lafayette used four of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: B-C-B; A-B-A; F-B-A; F-B-A; B (the last game being vs Nevada in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl).

In 2013 ULL used five different helmet designs in the following sequence: A-B-B; C-D-A; B-B-D; E-E-B; B (the last game being vs Tulane in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl).

In 2012 five designs were used in the following sequence: H-H-H; H-H-J; I-H-H; G-H-H; B (the last game being vs East Carolina in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl).

In 2011 three designs were used in the following sequence: H-H-H; J-H-J; H-J-H; I-J-H; J (the last game being vs San Diego State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl).

The school was named the University of Southwestern Louisiana until September 1999. It has been reported to me that the team had several other helmet designs during the mid-1960s, but I have not received any photographs or specific information about these. Additional information would be greatly appreciated.

*1 This helmet featured a picture of what is known as the Acadiana flag, which is representative of the region in which Lafayette is located.

*2 It has been reported to me that the shell color of these two helmet designs was actually "cardinal red" rather than maroon, but I have not been able to obtain photographic confirmation of this yet.

*3 First used November 5, 2011 (vs Louisana-Monroe).

*4 First worn September 24, 2011 (at Florida International).

*5 Worn during the 2012 home game against Western Kentucky.


LOUISIANA-MONROE

1960 - 1963 c.late 1960s c.early 1970s
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1972 - 1974 1975 (last 10 games) 1975 (game #1); 1976 (game #1)
1978 c.1979? c.1980? - c.1995?
? - 1998 1998 1999 (first 3
games)
2000 - 2002 2003 2004 - 2005
November 1, 2014 November 15, 2014 2006 -
*see note 3 below *see note 4 below

The University's name was Northeast Louisiana University prior to August 27, 1999. The team nickname was changed from "Indians" to "Warhawks" prior to the 2006 football season.

*1 This design appears in photographs from the 1966 season. The 1969 helmet was similar, but a version of the "100" decal was worn on at least the left sides of the helmets. I do not know the colors of the "100" decal.

*2 "Plain" helmets without stripes are visible in photographs from the 1971 season.

*3 Worn during the 2014 game at Texas A&M.

*4 Worn during the 2014 home game vs Louisiana-Lafayette. The numerals were worn only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side was worn a large "hawk head" logo (as represented below).


NEW MEXICO STATE

1960 - 1965 1966 - 1968 1969
1970 - 1972 1973 1974 - 1977
1978 - 1982 1983 - 1985 1986
1987 - 1989 1990 - 1994 1995 - 2004
October 18, 2008 2005 - 2008 2009 - 2012
*see note 1 below
2013 -

*1 A pink "ribbon" logo was worn on NMSU's helmets (left sides only; the "Aggies" logo remained on the right sides) during the 2008 home game against San Jose State. A visitor to this web site sent me a link to an old article indicating that NMSU was apparently planning to use ribbon decals (in some form) during a home game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2007 also, but photographic evidence suggests that the team did not actually do so (the "Aggies" decals are visible on both sides of the NMSU helmets in photos from this game; if any ribbon decal was worn on the helmets in 2007, it was apparently very small and worn at the back of the helmet, though I have seen no evidence to suggest that even something like this was used. The team did wear pink socks during this game). The article from 2007 stated that the pink ribbons were to be worn "in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for research projects in New Mexico".


SOUTH ALABAMA

2010 - 2012 November 16, 2013 December 20, 2014
*see note 1 below
2013 -

This team played its first season of varsity football in 2010.

*1 Worn vs Bowling Green in the Camellia Bowl at Montgomery, AL at the end of the 2014 season. The "JAGS" logo was worn only on the left side of each helmet during this game; on the right side was worn a large version of the team's "jaguar head" logo (as shown below).


TEXAS STATE

? - 1972 1973 - 1982 1984 - 1989
*see note 1 below
1991 1990; 1992 - 1996 1997 - 2002
2003 2004 - 2007 2008 - 2009?
2010? - 2011 2012 - 2013 2013 (last 2 games)
'A' 'B'
2014 - 2014 -

In 2014 Texas State used the last two helmet designs above in the following sequence: A-B-A; B-B-A; A-B-B; A-B-B.

The name of this school was Southwest Texas State University prior to September 1, 2003.

*1 The 1983 helmet has been described as being similar to the 1973-1982 one, but with the addition of a narrow gold outline around the letters.


TROY

? - 1965 1966- ? c.1968-c.1970
c.1971 1972 only? 1973
1974 1975 - ? c.1978
c.1978? - c.1983? c.1984? - c.1988? c.1989? - c.1992?
1993? - 1998? 1999? - 2003 September 4, 2004
*see note 1 below
October 20, 2005 2013 - September 9, 2004 -
*see note 2 below

It was reported to me that black helmets were first used for Troy State's opening home game of the 1993 season (which was game #5 vs Charleston Southern).

*1 Plain black helmets were used during the team's first game of the 2004 season at Marshall, with a new design featuring shells of a dark red color being introduced for game #2, a home game against Missouri.

*2 Troy wore black helmets during the 2005 home game against Florida International as a tribute to former team member Al Lucas, who died on April 10, 2005 as a result of injuries sustained during an Arena Football League game between his team, the Los Angeles Avengers, and the New York Dragons.