We lost a good one when former wide receiver Ed Puishes died late this week in his Central Texas home after a long illness. He was 69. A three-year letterman at UTEP and one of the conference leaders in pass receptions, Puishes (rhymes with “bushes”) still ranks No. 8 in school history for total receptions … Continue reading A Light Goes Out in Texas: Ed Puishes (RIP)
Signing Date for football, always circled on my calendar, is Feb. 5. For Miners fans, it could not come soon enough, as the coaching staff continues to scrub a roster that has won once in the last 24 games. Defensive end Trace Moscorro, an undersized but competitive starter, has transferred to Sam Houston State where … Continue reading Flush Mode: Winter Plumbing Job Will Help Fix UTEP Football Roster. Here’s why.
UTEP fans hardly raised an eyebrow recently when Texas Tech boxed up Kliff Kingsbury and shipped the former Red Raider quarterback out of Lubbock. No return postage required. So, again, we see universities have a way of eating their own young. We also see why most coaches strive to get along, at least to make … Continue reading UTEP Miners in the NFL — The coaching tie that binds
If UTEP football schedules had you wincing and peering between your fingers, take heart. The 2019 slate just released late last week is the most equitable, even-handed slate in years. The schedule features six home games, six road trips, with no meat grinder at Oklahoma for a quick payday. Look within the line items and … Continue reading Looking for Love – UTEP’s 2019 Football Sked
Beyond The Big Shootout – 50 Years of Football’s Life Lessons by Mark S. McDonald, with illustrations by Bill DeOre, will be available by mid-April, 2019. More than 100 photos and color illustrations, in a classy 320-page hardcover “coffee table” presentation. Great gift idea as college football enters its 150th season. Order now, and you receive a … Continue reading Sports fan? History buff? Here’s a delicious double dip
The Denver Broncos, after their first back-to-back losing seasons in nearly 50 years, recently canned Head Coach Vance Joseph. While most assistant coaches in college and the NFL have their tin cans tied to the H.C., the Denver Postreports the Broncos are expected to retain most of Joseph’s staff. This would include a fellow named … Continue reading What Has Become of Sean Kugler?
Anybody else noticed the on-field player behavior that seems to fester in the Southeastern Conference? You would think it was pro wrestling. Take, for instance, the 2018 Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. It was so blotted with shoving matches between plays, woofing, I haven’t seen so much bad acting since the … Continue reading UTEP’s Blueprint: Central Florida Knights
University of Houston boxes Major Applewhite and, after only two season, sends him out to the Ship Channel, bon voyage. In El Paso, UTEP Coach Dana Dimel must have greeted that off-season football news with a rueful smile and knowing nod. He not only has been there, done that, but has the souvenir tattoo to … Continue reading Applewhite Gets Fired – What it says about the parallel world of UTEP and UofH
Now that the UTEP losing streak is over, we can talk about it. Talk about it, in hushed tones, as it were a car wreck that happened years ago. Or, a marriage gone bad. A business gone bust. Painful as it was, the Miners’ 20-game dry spell throughout 2017 and eight games deep into this … Continue reading Hall of Pain – Miners Stop the Bleeding
If UTEP coaches could sprinkle poofy dust over the current roster, they would instantly add two ingredients, both related – explosive, big-play pass rushers, and difference-maker ball-carriers and receivers who can change a game with one long gain. In recruiting, the staff will be looking for these rare animals. They will have company, as every … Continue reading Talent Search — UTEP Staff Seeks Big-Play Recruits