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By Bret Bloomquist bbloomquist@elpasotimes.com @bretbloomquist on Twitter Kayla Thornton’s life began in central Europe, and now her professional life will as well. UTEP’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, who moved from Frankfurt, Germany to El Paso when she was 2-years-old, signed a pro contract with DSK Karlin in Prague, Czech... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
Per a release "UTEP Athletics will hold a press conference on Tuesday (May 27) to announce plans for major upgrades to facilities." No. 1 on the wish list for a long time has been luxury suites in the Sun Bowl. Hard to imagine what else this could be. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
The Washington Mystics made UTEP graduate Kayla Thornton one of their final cuts Tuesday as they trimmed their roster to 12 for today's opener with Minnesota. Thornton, an honorable mention All-American for the Miners' WNIT finalists this past season, played in all three exhibition games and hit a pair of... Continue reading
The UTEP football team has confirmed away games with Oklahoma on Sept. 2, 2017 and Sept. 3, 2022, athletic director Bob Stull confirmed. The games in Norman are part of the two-for-one deal that saw Oklahoma open the 2013 season in El Paso, where it beat the Miners 24-7. The... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
"I'm not going to have seven straight losing seasons," Kugler said, alluding to the situation he inherited. "If it ain't right in three seasons, I'll walk. I promise you that." Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
From the UTEP sports informtation department: UTEP Football Inks Four for 2014 Season EL PASO – UTEP signs three junior college transfers and one true freshman on Wednesday. Joining the Miners is Alex Villarreal (DT), who signed with Oklahoma State in 2011 and was a three-star recruit out of high... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
This is the grind for the UTEP women's basketball team. Eight days after a statement victory over the power-conference team from SMU, five days before the trip to Puerto Rico to play the ACC's Georgia Tech, the unbeaten Miners take on 1-8 Southeastern Louisiana. This would be a trap game,... Continue reading
In the end, Blaire Sullivan loved UTEP, but he loves playing football more. After losing his starting job here and looking at beginning the spring as a fourth-team quarterback, the junior-to-be decided to transfer to Texas State. "It was a tough decision," said Sullivan, who is from San Antonio. "It's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
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In an expected move, quarterback Blaire Sullivan announced in a tweet that he is transfering to Texas State to finish the final two years of his career. The starter by the end of last season, the sophomore began this season as UTEP's back-up quarterback and took over as the starter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
The UTEP football team has traded what would have been a rare seventh home game against Colorado State for a Sept. 27, 2014 trip to Kansas State, athletic director Bob Stull said Wednesday. The Miners' non-conference schedule now includes home games with Texas Tech and New Mexico State with road... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
If UTEP's newest women's basketball player can play offense as well as her father coaches it, the Miners have a find. Lulu McKinney, a 5-7 guard from Texas A&M Consolidated and the daughter of Texas A&M football offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney, joins Las Cruces Mayfield's Daeshianna McCants in the 2013... Continue reading
I exchanged Q&A's with Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle Here were my answers: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2013/11/qa-with-bret-bloomquist.html/ Here are Vito's: 1. Is this UNT turnaround as instant as it looks from the outside, or were the seeds of it planted before this year? UNT’s turnaround has been a couple of years in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
From the day he was hired to take over the UTEP football program, Sean Kugler promised an ocean of change. For 11 months he has delivered. Wednesday morning Kugler made official the biggest, most surprising change yet. True freshman Mack Leftwich is the Minners' new quarterback. A year removed from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
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Posted Aug 31, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
Friday’s no-pads workout was the final one before UTEP gets into its game-week routine. The team will go through its mock game at 10 a.m. today at the Sun Bowl, watch film and have conditioning work on Sunday, take it’s weekly day off on Monday when Sean Kugler has his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
With each passing day, the possibility of using freshman receiver Brandon Moss at punter looks less like a threat to the kicking unit and more like Plan A. The Chapin alum took reps with the first unit at Thursday’s practice and has the best “operation time” — getting the ball... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
In advance of his team’s opener with New Mexico, UTSA coach Larry Coker heaped praise on Lobo tailback Kasey Carrier, who rushed for 1,469 yards last year. Stopping him will be the first task for both UTSA and UTEP in a week and a half. “The running back’s really good,”... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
Kugler said he is nearing a final decision on the kicking game and will have the depth chart set by the end of the week. Jay Mattox looks firmly in control to take kickoffs and he and Brandon Moss are dueling at punter. Kugler said the question is on field... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
The one thing UTEP most wanted to see in Saturday's scrimmage it saw. The kickers were great, making all four field goals and two extra points. Mike Ruggles finished a two-minute drill by nailing a 49-yarder and also added a 38-yarder. Jay Mattox made his 25-yarder and Mikael Sroka made... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
In many ways, UTEP’s final full-contact scrimmage Saturday will look like a fourth NFL preseason game. Some of the biggest names, such as quarterback Jameill Showers and tailback Nathan Jeffery, won’t even play. For unproven players, it will be a definitive day as they try to break into the two-deep.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
Sul Ross State University was hoping for a long-term commitment from UTEP to hold its football camps here annually, and on his last stop before leaving town, director of football operations Nate Poss met with Sul Ross administrators to finalize a deal that will bring the Miners back for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
Statistics in scrimmages get a bit skewed because of issues like drives starting on the 5-yard line going in. But, for what’s it’s worth, UTEP gained 500 yards on 92 plays with eight touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns were 5-yard “drives.” The defense also scored on A.J. Ropati’s 95-yard interception... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
Camp Alpine will still stretch on through Tuesday before UTEP breaks and heads home, but the climax will be this morning when the Miners have their big scrimmage that will largely set the depth chart for the Sept. 7 opener against New Mexico. "All the groups will get work," coach... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
One feature of a Sean Kugler practice is that UTEP is spending more time on situational football. UTEP devoted a large portion of Thursday’s workout to short-yardage situations, then worked on coming out, where the offense takes over on its own 1-yard line and tries to grind out a first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics
UTEP’s Wednesday morning workout in full pads was energetic and lively, full of big plays, and coach Sean Kugler was visibly pleased. “We got a lot of work done,” he said after complimenting his team in the post-practice huddle. “We had a lot of situational football. We did good two-minute... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at The Mine Shaft | UTEP athletics