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

Faithful UTEP Stalwart on the Mend

Miners Are Forever: Always enjoy reading your thoughts, Mark. I had emergency back surgery on Feb. 19. Two vertebrae had twisted together and closed my spinal cord. Was in rehab for three weeks, and it will be a slow and long recovery, but I’m a little mobile with a walker. I need a good trainer! — Marilyn Cromeans, El Paso {Editor's … Continue reading Faithful UTEP Stalwart on the Mend

Winchester Shoots His Own Ammo

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

Fred Schwake: A Semi-Hidden Jewel

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

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

A Light Goes Out in Texas: Ed Puishes (RIP)

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)

Flush Mode: Winter Plumbing Job Will Help Fix UTEP Football Roster. Here’s why.

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 Miners in the NFL — The coaching tie that binds

 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

Looking for Love – UTEP’s 2019 Football Sked

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