The Northwest Missouri State University department of athletics has announced the design of a dual national championships logo. The design incorporates the Bearcat's football and men's basketball national championships captured during the 2016-17 academic year. This marks the first time in NCAA Division II history that an institution has captured both in the same year. Florida (2006-07) and Oklahoma State (1945-46) have accomplished this feat in Division I.
The Northwest football team captured its second-straight NCAA title, going 15-0. The Bearcats beat North Alabama, 29-3, on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The Northwest men's basketball team captured the program's first national title with a 71-61 victory over Fairmont State at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The Bearcats finished the season with a Northwest and MIAA record 35 wins with just one loss.