In this special presentation, University Archivist Rob Spindler talks with Digital Projects Librarian Mimmo Bonanni about the longstanding rivalry between the Arizona State University (ASU) Sun Devils and University of Arizona (UA) Wildcats. They will also look into the mystery of the missing cup and where it was eventually discovered in 1983.
The “Duel in the Desert” between ASU and UA is among the nation’s oldest and most heated rivalries, including the oldest trophy in college football as certified by the NCAA. The cup was originally awarded to the Arizona Territorial Normal School football team for winning this league championship after a season of three games in 1899. The Normals, as they were known at the time, were undefeated in gridiron matches with the Phoenix Union High School (6-0), the Phoenix Indian School (6-0) and the University of Arizona (11-2).
Depending on the winner, the cup is on display in the UA Hall of Fame or the University Archives Luhrs Reading Room in Hayden Library.
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For more information please visit the Territorial Cup Wikipedia entry.