First, the university wants to get the opinion of its fan base.
The university has been working with a branding team since May becoming up with various designs. Three different helmets have been presented on the athletic website and fans have until August 30 to vote on a favorite.
The football helmet that players will officially wear when the football season kicks off in 2015 will be presented Sept. 13 during the women’s soccer game versus Ole Miss at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
“We released the vote (Monday) at 9 a.m. and by 3 p.m., we had 960 votes (from fans),” said Lauren Katovsky, assistant athletic director of corporate sales and marketing. “It’s been a great response.”
The first option is a black helmet with a black facemask and a single yellow stripe on the center.
It has the primary logo of the Owl and its wing span with “Kennesaw State Owls” written below.
There’s also the gold helmet with a black facemask with a custom black stripe. It as the familiar gold-colored interwoven “KS” monogram logo on the side.
The final option is a black helmet with no stripe on the top and a gold facemask. It also has the gold interwoven “KS” monogram logo.
And the helmet may look slightly different than the three options on the website. Fans will also get vote on the color combination, stripe preference and the logo.
Fans can make their selections at ksuowls.com/FBhelmet.
Athletics director Vaughn Williams said he currently has no preference with the helmet design, but he added the monogram logo appears to be a favorite of Kennesaw State’s inaugural coach Brian Bohannon.
Williams said they tinkered with other logo designs but didn’t fit well with the size of the helmets.
“I love them,” Williams said when asked about the helmets. “I think the ‘KS’ looks good on it and the primary mark looks good. Bohannon likes the ‘KS’ because it stands for Kennesaw State. We’ll see what the public says and thinks about this. Then we can get this completed and move on.
“People have texted me from different places (Monday) so there is a buzz out there on what they like and what they don’t like and all of those things.”
Kennesaw State was approved Feb. 13 to have football by the University of Georgia Board of Regents. The Owls hired Bohannon, a former Georgia Tech assistant, on March 24. Bohannon and his staff have been on the recruiting trail since late April, with five players already committing.
Season tickets are priced at $99 through 2017 and have already sold 33 percent of the total seats available.
However, much work has yet to be done logically in preparation for the 2015 season.
Kennesaw State is still without players, uniforms, equipment and a football schedule. Coaches have been on the recruiting trail since April — they have three commitments that includes Kell safety Taylor Henkle – and will sign their first recruiting class of roughly 25 to 30 players in February.