Dec. 17, 2001
TUCSON - Arizona head football coach John Mackovic, athletics director Jim Livengood and president Peter Likins were among UA representatives on hand today for the arrival of the original 1899 Territorial Cup, which UA takes possession of for beating Arizona State, 24-21, Nov. 23.
The cup was brought to Tucson from Tempe by ASU curators who have watched over the piece carefully since its re-discovery earlier this year. Both schools worked over the summer to receive official sanction from the NCAA for the cup as the oldest trophy-game prize in Division I-A football. While a replica was awarded to Likins after the game, along with a Big Game trophy for most valuable player Bobby Wade and the Saguaro Trophy for winning coach Mackovic, the actual silver plate museum piece had to be officially signed for by UA officials Monday.
UA won the game between the two schools for the first time since 1998 in Tempe in late November and now has possession of all the hardware. Each year the goods will be presented to the winning team following the game.
The original cup goes into temporary storage at the UA Library's Special Collections vaults until the display area in the UA's new Jim Click Hall of Champions is ready later this spring. The Hall is part of the university's Eddie Lynch Athletics Pavilion and is nearing completion.