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A look at the big battles between Notre Dame and Miami in the 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl: Notre Dame offense vs. Miami defense Forget Michael Floyd. The Fighting Irish can’t rely on the junior wide receiver, who has caught 73 balls for 916 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, to provide their offensive spark in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Same goes for Notre Dame receiver Theo Riddick, who is an excellent No. 2. Neither will find much success early on against that Miami secondary, which is ranked No. 2 nationally in pass defense and features potential NFL first-round pick Brandon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
Disappointing news for the folks who were counting on standing-room only tickets for this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl. Organizers said today that no such tickets would be available this year, citing fire codes. Standing-room only tickets previously have been sold for Sun Bowl Stadium — in 2008 for UTEP’s regular-season matchup against Texas and for last year’s Brut Sun Bowl featuring Oklahoma and Stanford. The decision comes after Sun Bowl officials said they would attempt to make a limited number of tickets available after the matchup between Notre Dame and Miami sold out in record time. The game will be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
There are a mere 10 days till kickoff in the 77th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl featuring a matchup between Notre Dame and Miami. Both have already begun preparations for the game Dec. 31 in Sun Bowl Stadium. Here’s a few odds and ends. • Notre Dame will know who will be under center for the Hurricanes before kickoff. The Miami Herald reports that Hurricane interim coach Jeff Stoutland will make a decision on a starting quarterback by the time Miami begins practicing in El Paso on Dec. 27. Junior Jacory Harris started every game for Miami in 2009 and went... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
The Hyundai Sun Bowl has its dream matchup — Notre Dame vs. Miami. Speculation ran rampant Saturday night about the meeting between the two. The official word came Sunday afternoon.The Fighting Irish and Hurricanes will rekindle one of the fiercest rivalries of the 1980s in their first-ever bowl meeting and both teams' first trip to El Paso. It will be the 24th time the programs meet, but the first since 1990. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 15-7-1. Tickets are going fast, so if you haven't already plucked a few, go to Keep it posted here and for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
Any hope of a Pacific-10 team's appearance in this year's Hyundai Sun Bowl was dashed when the NCAA denied Arizona State's appeal for bowl eligibility Friday and when Oregon manhandled Oregon State on Saturday. But according to a source close to the Sun Bowl, something golden might be headed our way. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, said that Miami, of the Atlantic Coast Conference, has expressed great interest in making its first visit to El Paso if Notre Dame is waiting for it on the opposite sideline. The Fighting Irish have told the Sun Bowl that they'd commit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
Arizona State's 30-29 double overtime upset of Arizona on Thursday in the annual battle for the Territorial Cup gave the Sun Devils their fourth win over their bitter rival in six years. It also gave the Hyundai Sun Bowl hope that a team from the Pacific-10 Conference will be available to play in the annual El Paso game. With the win, Arizona State improves to a 6-6 overall record, the magic number for bowl eligibility (NCAA rules on FCS beatdowns notwithstanding). The Sun Devils are the Pac-10's fourth bowl-eligible team. And No. 5 could come Saturday if Washington can win... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
A couple interesting notes out of Miami tonight, where the Hurricanes are expected by many to be the Atlantic Coast Conference team invited play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. First, South Florida Sun-Sentinel writer Steve Gorten says that Miami is high on the list of teams that Sun Bowl chairman John Folmer wants to invite to El Paso, but that not final decision has been made. Gorten indicates that Miami would play a Big East team, assuming all weekend scenarios play out the way we all think they will. Something to keep an eye on. Even more shocking out of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
In stark contrast to a story by Times reporter Bret Bloomquist on Monday, Miami Hurricanes interim coach Jeff Stoutland said his team will be in El Paso on New Year’s Eve when he spoke to the media for the first time in his new capacity. Stoutland, who will lead the Hurricanes through their bowl game after the firing of Randy Shannon on Saturday, said Tuesday that Miami expects to be in El Paso on Dec. 31. In an animated news conference, Stoutland said the month leading up to the bowl game is “sort of like the last stand,” for his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Sun Bowl Mania
Commenter Sweetlou said in a previous post on this blog that pointing to UAB’s offensive line as a reason for UTEP to have a healthy fear of the Blazers heading into Saturday’s Conference USA showdown was a copout. But it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
Many are asking why UAB is favored to beat UTEP when the two teams meet in a pivotal Conference USA showdown Saturday at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The Blazers (1-4, 0-2 in Conference USA) are 2.5-point favorites in their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
UTEP is quietly beginning to get a little respect. The Miners received a vote in Sunday’s Harris Top 25 college football poll, which was released mere hours after UTEP defeated Rice 44-24 in the Sun Bowl on Saturday night. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
Here’s some clarification on a couple things that came up in this week’s podcast. UTEP kicker Dakota Warren was praised during the discussion between host Jay Koester, Felix Chavez and myself for his three field-goal effort in the Miners’ Saturday... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
The UTEP defense is no longer a place to pad stats. The Miner unit's national ranking no longer sports a third digit. UTEP ranks No. 82 nationally in total defense, a far cry from the days of No. 110 or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
Now I don't pretend to be a music expert. I couldn't tell you the difference between mezzo forte and da capo. But I can tell you that this year's edition of the UTEP Marching Miners deserves some love. The Sound... Continue reading
It wasn't the win you wanted to see. UTEP's 31-10 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday in Sun Bowl Stadium — while not impressive — was a positive way to start the season. That's about where the positives start fading.... Continue reading
Update: According to Times reporter Bret Bloomquist, an MRI shows Donald Buckram did not suffer any ligament damage. He will be a game-time decision. Sources say UTEP running back Donald Buckram, the focal point of the Miner offense this season,... Continue reading
Could’ve been a nice New Year’s trip for all you Dallas Cowboys/UTEP Miners fans. But if SI’s Stewart Mandel is correct, you’ll at least be able to see one of your favorite teams play in the other’s city. Mandel released... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
The football season is a mere 38 days away. It's time to dust off the old keyboards and get hyped (or morose) about the upcoming season. Here's some quick thoughts on the Miners' 2010 season. UTEP will not win a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
Surely many fans were hoping the rumors of former UTEP star Derrick Caracter falling to the Dallas Mavericks on NBA Draft Day were true. The centerpiece of last year's Conference USA championship team ending up a Southwest flight away? Yeah,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
The first conference realignment domino has fallen as Colorado announces it has accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10. The move sets up the potential migration of Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State out west to set... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
The University of Southern California, where current UTEP basketball coach Tim Floyd last held a head coaching job, is expected to hold a news conference Thursday to respond to the NCAA investigation of it’s football and men’s basketball programs. A... Continue reading
A couple odds and ends for UTEP football. The Miners came in at No. 77 in the Sporting News’ preseason top 100 announced Wednesday. UTEP was ranked No. 86 in the poll in 2009. The ranking is sound. Besides, for... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
Conference USA athletic directors voted Wednesday to recommend the league’s 2011 men’s basketball tournament be played in El Paso. El Paso, along with Memphis and Tulsa, put in bids to host the tournament. Memphis and El Paso were thought to... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
A proposal that would have instated a new fee for UTEP students that would have given money to the Athletic Department was denied Thursday in a vote by UTEP students. Students voted for two days on the measure, which ran... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk
The NCAA announced today its plans to expand the men’s basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams beginning next year and a new, $10.8 billion broadcasting deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting that will allow every game to be shown... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at Turn Up the Orange | UTEP sports talk