Caution UTEP Miners — Tech fans carry a torch for their team

By Mark S. McDonald, A.K.A. “Mr. Manners” It’s been awhile since long-suffering UTEP basketball and football fans have had much to celebrate. Perhaps we could take a lesson from our neighbors in Lubbock. Last Saturday night after Texas Tech beat Michigan State to reach the NCAA men’s basketball championship game, Hub City hooligans “celebrated” by … Continue reading Caution UTEP Miners — Tech fans carry a torch for their team

On the Menu: Car Wash, Strong Coffee, Weak B.S. and a Mountain Lion to Go

By Mark S. McDonald Sr., Undocumented Miner of Yesteryear In mid-January, an Austin-area man reported seeing a mountain lion walk across the front yard of the family’s home near Leander. The animal wascaught on the door bell camera, disappeared into the night, never to be seen again. (Hold the yawn.) A cougar in 2017 was sighted in … Continue reading On the Menu: Car Wash, Strong Coffee, Weak B.S. and a Mountain Lion to Go

Tough But True — Don Haskins Treated All His Players the Same — Like Crap

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

Wade Phillips – UTEP’s Super Bowl Connection You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

With the Super Bowl approaching on Sunday, we have a choice. We can either hide in the jungles of Brazil, or wade through a tidal wave of minutia regarding the Rams and Patriots. It’s amusing to see how the press has "discovered" Wade Phillips, crowning him a defensive mind for the ages. During his head … Continue reading Wade Phillips – UTEP’s Super Bowl Connection You Won’t Find Anywhere Else