‘Black 14’ players returning to UW 50 years after being kicked off team

The University of Wyoming Cowboys near the start of the 1969 season. (UW American Heritage Center via Wyoming Historical Society).

CASPER, Wyo. — Members of the so-called “Black 14” football players will be at War Memorial Stadium’s Wildcatter Suites entrance at 2:30 pm Friday, Sept. 13.

They’ll be there for media interviews ahead of the University of Wyoming’s unveiling of a new plaque that tells their story. The unveiling will happen at 4 pm on the southeast side of the stadium near Gate 4.

14 football players were kicked off of the 1969 Cowboys football team by then-head coach Lloyd Eaton.

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“The 14 UW players were dismissed…for wanting to ask for permission to protest the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints policy of prohibiting black persons from attaining the priesthood,” UW said on Friday, Sept. 6. “The UW players planned to wear black armbands during the game against Brigham Young University.”

The university says that most of the 14 players are expected to be on Laramie from Sept. 10-14.

“While on campus, the Black 14 members will meet with Associated Students of UW leaders, current UW athletes and Black Student Alliance members, and participate in classroom conversations and other university-organized events,” the announcement adds. “A free public open house — hosted at the Multicultural Resource Center in the Wyoming Union — is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 12, at 4:30 p.m.”

The plaque unveiling will be preceded by a reception at 3:30 pm.

The reception and unveiling are free and open to the public.

UW will recognize the players at halftime during the Cowboys Saturday, Sept. 14 game against the Idaho Vandals.