You Miners Forever have no mixed feelings about this one … In the past seven years we have sat around these campfires together, only the sudden departure of Coach Sean Kugler generated such an uproar.
Someday, when he grows up, Kai will sit on a lonely bar stool staring into his mug of life, searching for a cure to self-inflicted wounds.
By Mark S. McDonald Sr., undocumented railbird Pre-season football magazines will be out soon. While following the UTEP Miners like a reputation, I try to get my college football fix every weekend. Any fewer than six games makes my hands shake in withdrawal. Any more than 12 gets to be sensory overload. Before I explain … Continue reading Cliché Alert — College Football Season Looms Just Ahead
By Mark S. McDonald, undocumented railbird As I get older and rounder, events such as this weekend give me more pause, more pause to be thankful. Memorial Day leaves me grateful for our armed service men and women, all those nameless people who stood up for me, for America and for the freedom we hold … Continue reading Memorial Day — A Grateful Salute to Old Glory and to the UTEP Experience
By Mark S. McDonald, undocumented railbird Nothing pleases a college football coaching staff more than a forgettable summer. Yes, this is when they reintroduce themselves to their wives and kids and take a few days off for family vacation. Last thing any program needs is transfers out, players on the police blotter, flunk-outs, injuries or … Continue reading The Sound of Silence – UTEP Miners Football Quietly Rehabs and Rebuilds
By Mark S. McDonald Sr., Totally Self-Serving Miner Forever Sixty years of living and football, plus two years of research and writing, just washed up on my doorstep today. A 5,213-pound package containing 1,500 copies of my baby. You may recognize it as my new release: Beyond The Big Shootout – 50 Years of Football’s … Continue reading Where Texas Western Led, Others Followed — Miner’s New Book Chronicles UTEP’s Historic Stake in American Culture
By Mark S. McDonald Sr., undocumented college sports railbird In case you missed it, cable sports gorilla ESPN just drove a $40 million wedge between NCAA haves and have-nots. Specifically, the network signed an agreement, beginning this year, for ESPN+ to deliver Big 12 football and basketball games on its online subscription streaming service. This … Continue reading No Plus for the Miners — What ESPN’s New Deal with the Big 12 Does for UTEP and Conference USA
By Mark S. McDonald, Undocumented UTEP Magpie In the mid-1960s, former Texas Western Coach Bum Phillips moved from the border to Port Neches-Grove High, where son Wade was a promising sophomore linebacker. There is another, little-known sidebar to the Phillips connection in UTEP football history. The Phillips’ 1963 PN-G team met Beaumont South Park for the … Continue reading Winchester Shoots His Own Ammo
By Mark S. McDonald, Certified UTEP Miners Railbird “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” so the saying goes. You couldn’t tell it by Fred Schwake. He doesn’t seem to know the difference. Nor does he much care. The former UTEP athletic trainer runs One of a Kind Unique Antiques in Ballinger, where his shop … Continue reading Fred Schwake: A Semi-Hidden Jewel
By Rex Miller, Texas Western & UTEP Historian My associations with Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Haskins consisted mostly of watching his practice sessions. At Memorial Gym on campus where the Miners practiced, I once sat with (Western Athletic Conference basketball official) Moose Stubing. "There's Stubing up there," Haskins rumbled, pointing to the stands … Continue reading Tough But True — Don Haskins Treated All His Players the Same — Like Crap