In an effort to move past its historically bad 0–12 season last year, Southern Miss football turned to its fans to vote on a new alternate helmet for the Golden Eagles this season. And boy, did it bring out the best in those fans.
The winning design — “by an overwhelming margin,” according to USM athletics — is an inverted version of the current Southern Miss helmet coloring (see photos below for reference). Rather than a black background with white lettering and yellow stripes, it’s a yellow background with black lettering and black stripes.
It looks delightfully retro. The fan vote was part of a Southern Miss campaign, “Rise to the Top,” meant to “further enhance fan interaction with the football program.” In voting this in as the winning design, the fans more than lived to the campaign’s name. Grade: A-