1966 Basketball Champions To Be Recognized
At The 74th Annual Brut Sun Bowl
EL PASO, Texas (December 13, 2007) - The
UTEP Miners 1966 NCAA basketball champions will be recognized at the
74th annual Brut Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 at Sun Bowl Stadium, according to
Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. "We are
grateful to Helen of Troy, the title sponsor of the Brut Sun Bowl, for
bringing the 1966 team and coaches together and making this recognition
possible," said Olivas.
The 1966 Miners, who broke the color barrier in
collegiate athletics by starting five African-American players in the
championship game, were recently inducted into the Basketball Hall of
Fame. UTEP, then known as Texas Western, upended an all-white Kentucky
Regarded by many as a key turning point in the
civil rights movement in general and in the integration of college
athletics in particular, the team's victory was seen as instrumental in
transforming the history of college basketball. In the mid-1950s, Texas
Western became the first college in a southern state to integrate its
intercollegiate athletic teams. The highly publicized and inspirational
1966 championship game capped an amazing season for Texas Western.
Coached by Hall of Famer Don Haskins and led by Bobby Joe Hill and
David Lattin, Texas Western swept through the NCAA Tournament by
defeating Oklahoma City, Cincinnati, Kansas, and Utah en route to the
In 2006, forty years after the Miners captured
the national title, the story was made into a major motion picture,
"Glory Road," the team visited the White House at the invitation of
President George W. Bush, and all were honored at halftime of the 2006
NCAA national championship basketball game.
Speaking on the significance of the
recognition, Gerald J. Rubin, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Helen of
Troy, commented that "the players and coaches of the 1966 Texas Western
basketball team deserve this honor. Their accomplishments were
monumental and their stories compelling. The 74th Brut Sun Bowl may be
one of the last opportunities for the team and Coach Haskins to
re-unite, and what better place for it to happen than in El Paso, in
front of 50,000 fans and millions watching on television."
The 2007 Brut Sun Bowl will feature No. 23
University of South Florida (9-3) against Oregon (8-4). The 74th Annual
Brut Sun Bowl will kick off on Monday, Dec. 31 at noon (MST). CBS
Sports will broadcast the game for the 40th consecutive year, which is
the longest running partnership between a network and a bowl game.
Ticket prices for the game are $15, $20, $30, $40, $50, and $60.
Tickets can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office
(915-533-4416, 800-915-2695 or
), online at
www.ticketmaster.com or at any TicketMaster outlet.