Nov. 1, 2012
HOUSTON - As the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics prepares to honor some of its biggest names, fans are invited to purchase tickets for A Night with the Stars Hall of Honor Gala.
Five former student-athletes, one former coach and one team will receive the Athletics Department's highest honor with their induction into the Hall of Honor. The special event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at the Bayou City Event Center (9401 Knight Rd.).
Golfer Jacky Cupit, football running back Paul Gipson, volleyball star Rose Magers-Powell, baseball pitcher Brad Sullivan, defensive coordinator Don Todd, women's track and field sprinter Jackie Washington and the 1976 Football team comprise the 2012 class.
Prior to the induction ceremonies, attendees will enjoy a silent and a live auction and big board. Dancing with music will be provided by Radio London.
Houston Golf legend and former NCAA individual national champion Billy Ray Brown will serve as master of ceremonies at this event.
Net proceeds benefit student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride, the fundraising arm of the Athletics Department. Student-athlete scholarships account for more than $5.3 million during the 2012-13 academic year. By purchasing a ticket or reserving a table, fans impact the lives of nearly 400 student-athletes that represent the University of Houston.
This marks the 19th class into the Hall of Honor and the eighth since the Hall was reintroduced in 1998. The current class will bring the membership to 94 individuals and two teams. Inductees are honored in a display located inside the Houston Athletics/Alumni Center.
Individual tickets can be purchased at $200 each, while tables for 10 are available, beginning at $3,000. Reservations must be made by Friday, Nov. 2 to guarantee seating. Seating will be determined in the order of reservation date.
To purchase tickets or for more information, fans should call Cougar Pride at 713-743-4684 or email email@example.com.
JACKY CUPIT (1958-60)
Twice earned All-America accolades in 1959 and 1960 and led the Cougars to three NCAA Championships under the direction of Head Coach Dave Williams ... He turned pro after the completion of his collegiate career and joined the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) in 1961 ... The Longview, Texas, native played on Tour from 1961-73 and had four tour wins before retiring in 1974 ... His first win came as a rookie at the 1961 Canadian Open, and he was named the PGA Rookie of the Year that season ... Cupit actually bested his brother, Buster Cupit, by five shots to win that first title ... Cupit nearly claimed the 1963 U.S. Open title, falling in a playoff to Julius Boros ... He was joined in that playoff by Arnold Palmer ... Cupit's other tour wins came in 1962 at the Western Open, 1964 at the Tucson Open and in 1966 at the Cajun Classic Open ... He defeated Chi Chi Rodriguez in the second hole of a playoff to win that final crown ... Overall Cupit had four Top-10 finishes in majors ... He finished ninth in the 1961 U.S. Open and second in 1963 ... He also earned back-to-back Top 10s in the PGA Championship in 1965 (T-8) and 1966 (T-6) ... He twice finished in the Top 20 at the Masters, tying for 20th in 1962 and finishing 15th in 1967 ... Consistency was always a hallmark of Cupit's play ... He had 234 starts, made 226 cuts and had 115 Top-25 showings and 51 Top-10 finishes ... Cupit finished his career playing in 26 Champions Tour events, making 25 cuts.
PAUL GIPSON (1967-68)
A two-time All-America selection at running back for the Cougars, helping the team to a 13-5-2 mark and a pair of Top-20 national rankings during his two campaigns ... Helped lead Houston to a No. 2 national ranking in 1967, the highest ranking in school history ... Still ranks among Houston's all-time leaders in a number of career rushing categories, ranking No. 6 in rushing yardage (2,769), No. 9 in career attempts (447), No. 7 in yards per rushing attempt (6.2) and No. 5 in career rushing touchdowns (25) ... Finished his playing career as the school's all-time leader in rushing yards, rushing scores and No. 2 in yards per carry and rushing attempts ... Named Sports Illustrated's National Player of the Week for his 225-yard effort and game-winning two-point conversion vs. No. 5 Georgia ... Ranked No. 7 nationally with 1,100 yards as a junior and rushed for 1,550 yards as a senior, leading Houston to national statistical titles in rushing offense and total offense in 1967 and 1968 ... Rushed for a then-school record 282 yards and three TDs in the 100-6 victory over Tulsa ... Drafted at running back in the second round of the 1969 National Football League Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
ROSE MAGERS-POWELL (1978-80)
A 6-foot-2 outside hitter, Magers-Powell was simply dominant as a collegiate star and was twice named an All-American ... Led Houston to a third place finish in the USVBA National Tournament and fifth place at the 1979 AIAW National Championships in Carbondale, Ill. ... Was a First Team AIAW All-American in 1980 as well and helped Houston finish 12th overall nationally at the 1980 AIAW Championships ... Was an AAU All-American at the 1979 Junior Olympics in Chicago ... Was a member of the United States Junior National Training Team in 1979 ... Led the Cougars to a combined 119-43 overall mark in her three seasons (1978-80) and turned her attention to the United States National Team in 1984 where she joined former Houston Cougar stars Rita Crockett and Flo Hyman in leading Team USA to the Silver Medal at the Los Angeles Games, still the top volleyball finish for an American squad at the Olympic Games ... A native of Big Spring, Texas, Magers-Powell spent nine seasons playing professionally in Japan (1984-93) and was a professional player/coach earning Most Valuable Player honors three times, while leading the league in points six times ... Magers-Powell has not only played at every level of volleyball, she has also excelled as a coach at every level ... She spent four seasons at Lee High School in Huntsville, Ala., as the head coach leading her program to a Top 10 ranking in the state and has been highly successful over the past 15 seasons at Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, Tenn.) leading the RedHawks to 343 victories including TransSouth Conference regular season and postseason titles in 2005.
Brad Sullivan (2001-03)
Owner of one of college baseball's most dominant seasons in 2002 when he was a finalist for the R.E. "Bob" Smith Award for National Player of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American ... Finished his career with 25 victories and a school-record 409 strikeouts ... Was nearly unhittable during that record-breaking 2002 campaign, going 13-1 with three shutouts and a school record 157 strikeouts in 128.2 innings of work ... Finished with a paltry 1.82 earned-run average as a sophomore in 2002... Was named Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Week on three occasions over his career, including twice in 2002 ... Was named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year in 2002 and helped lead his club to back-to-back NCAA Regional titles and Super Regional appearances ... Pitched one of the great postseason games in school history, shutting out No. 3 Texas 2-0 in Austin ... Sullivan's dominance in 2002 continued into the summer when he led Team USA at the 2002 World University Championship ... Went 7-0 with a 0.72 ERA ... He defeated Team Japan three times and was named Baseball America's Summer Player of the Year ... Sullivan still ranks among Houston's all-time leaders in several statistical categories including No. 3 in career wins (25), No. 9 in career ERA (2.64), No. 1 in strikeouts (409), No. 2 in innings pitched (347.1) and No. 1 in strikeouts per nine innings (10.6) ... Sullivan was drafted No. 25 overall by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft.
DON TODD (1972-86)
Football Defensive Coordinator
Coordinated for the "Mad Dog" defense, nicknamed for its aggressive nature and ability to control the line of scrimmage ... Those defenses included four Top-11 national rankings for total defense in a stretch of just eight seasons ... Helped mentor 1976 Lombardi Award winner Wilson Whitley on the gridiron and coached UH greats along the defensive front such as Guy Brown, Grady Ebensberger, Red Oglesby, Hosea Taylor, Leonard Mitchell and others ... Oversaw some of the biggest defensive improvements in the nation during his 15 seasons at Houston ... Helped the program to four Southwest Conference Championships (1976, 1978, 1979, 1984), seven bowl game appearances and five Top-11 national rankings in the final polls.
JACKIE WASHINGTON (1982-86)
Women's Track & Field
Starred in both the 100m and 200m sprints for Head Coach Tom Tellez in the early 1980s, winning three All-America honors, twice in the 100m (1982 and 1984) and once in the 200m (1982) ... Competed in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles for Team USA ... At the time she finished her record-breaking collegiate career, Washington owned a number of school records, including marks in the 100m (11.11) and 200m (22.68) as well as teaming up to own the school standard in the 400m relay (43.84) ... To this day the four-year letter winner still owns the fastest 100m outdoor mark in UH's illustrious track and field history.
1976 FOOTBALL TEAM
Southwest Conference co-champions in the school's first season eligible for the league crown and represented the conference in the 1977 Cotton Bowl vs. No. 4 Maryland ... Claimed a 30-21 decision over the favored Terrapins, rushing for 320 yards, including 149 from Alois Blackwell and 104 from Dyral Thomas ... Finished the season with a No. 4 national ranking, the highest in school history and completed the year with double-figure wins (10) for just the second time ever ... Went unbeaten vs. teams from the state of Texas, defeating No. 9 Texas A&M (21-10), No. 5 Texas Tech (27-19), Baylor (23-5), SMU (29-6), No. 20 Texas (30-0) and Rice (42-20) ... Led by six All-SWC members, including First Team standouts Val Belcher (OT), Anthony Francis (DB), Paul Humphreys (LB) and Lombardi Award winner Wilson Whitley (DT) and Second Team members Alois Blackwell (RB) and Robert Oglesby (NG) ... Whitley finished the year a consensus All-American, and seven different Cougars won various All-America honors during the record-breaking campaign.