With college football kicking off on August 23rd in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog the time seemed right to present a look at the coolest football helmets in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) football. Feel free to let me know whose helmets you feel I left out or who should have been rated higher or lower.
11. DORDT COLLEGE DEFENDERS
Location: Sioux Center, IA
Comment: The NAIA has the Defenders, the NJCAA has the Avengers and Canadian college football boasts the X-Men! Marvel Comics fans have absolutely no excuse not to get into college football.
10. OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON
Location: Shawnee, OK
Comment: Now here’s a helmet that’s as grand and glorious as the mighty beast the team is named for! OBU is known for getting things done with its sports programs so even though they’re still a little new to gridiron action look for them to make noise sooner rather than later.
9. BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES
Location: Lindsborg, KS
Comment: Like the Florida Gators the Bethany Swedes have one of those iconic helmets with stylish lettering and an overall eye-catching appeal. This helmet looks even better topping the Swedes’ blue jerseys and gold pants. Continue reading
Recently the College of Idaho Coyotes, or “Yotes” for short, announced they are relaunching football for the first time since the 1970’s! At left you see the preview of the new helmets the Coyotes will be sporting.
And NAIA college football continues to grow and grow! This coming season the following teams will be playing their first intercollegiate football games: Point University Skyhawks, Belleville Lynx, Bluefield College Ramblin’ Rams and the Wayland Baptist University Pioneers.
Balladeer’s Blog presents its look at the coolest football helmets in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) football. Feel free to let me know whose helmets you feel I left out or who should have been rated higher or lower.
8. BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES
Location: Lindsborg, KS
Comment: Like the Florida Gators the Bethany Swedes have one of those iconic helmets with stylish lettering and an overall eye-catching appeal. This Continue reading
Oh, to be in Lewiston, ID in the springtime! Once again Lewiston is playing home to the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) World Series. 10 teams have gathered together for this double- elimination tournament to crown a new champion, following last year’s champs, Concordia (CA), being ousted in the regional playoffs.
The University of South Carolina- Beaufort Sand Sharks (logo above left) and the Rogers State University Hillcats are making their 1st appearance in the final field of 10 teams. The top 2 seeds, the LSU- Shreveport Pilots (riverboat pilots) and the Lee University Flames, respectively, each have a bye in today’s opening round and will play their first games tomorrow.
Among the 8 teams hitting the diamond today will be the (10) College of Idaho Coyotes and the (7) Point Park University Pioneers in Game 1 at 12 Noon ET. The aforementioned (8) USCB Sand Sharks and the (9) Rogers State Hillcats face each other at 3pm ET, followed by the (4) Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs taking on the (5) Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles at 6pm ET. The 10 pm game will feature the host team, the (6) Lewis- Clark State Warriors vs the (3) Oklahoma City University Stars.
For scores from BOTH the NAIA and the NCAA D3 World Series keep checking back here at Balladeer’s Blog throughout the Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog takes a look at the finalized field of teams for the college world series’ in two of the divisions covered here. The NAIA’s College of Idaho Coyotes (logo at left) are the featured team in this post not only because they upset the top seed in their playoff region (Azusa Pacific University) but also because today the college announced IT IS RELAUNCHING ITS FOOTBALL PROGRAM!!!
Yes, for the first time since 1977 C of I will be playing intercollegiate football! But, getting back to the subject at hand, let’s start with the teams making the NAIA and NCCAA Division 1 College World Series field:
NAIA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
(3) COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES – Champs of the Azusa bracket
(3) SOUTH CAROLINA-BEAUFORT SAND SHARKS – Champs of the Hardeeville bracket
(2) POINT PARK UNIVERSITY PIONEERS – Champs of the Marion brackt
(1) LSU-SHREVEPORT PILOTS (riverboat pilots) – Champs of the Paducah bracket
(3) ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY HILLCATS – Champs of the Hutchinson bracket
(1) OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS – Champs of the Oklahoma City bracket
(1) LEE UNIVERSITY FLAMES – Champs of Continue reading