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UTEP Miners
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2019 UTEP Miners
UTEP Miners logo.svg NCAA-C-USA-UTEP Miners Orange Helmet
First season 1914
Athletic director Jim Senter
Head coach Dana Dimel
2nd year, 2–19 (.095)
Home stadium Sun Bowl
Year built 1961
Stadium capacity 51,500 Record: 54,021
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location El Paso, Texas
Conference Conference USA
Division West
All-time history
UTEP Miners Historical Teams
1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
All-time record 385–575–28 (.404)
Postseason bowl record 5–9 (.357)
Conference titles 2
Rivalries New Mexico State (rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans 1
Current uniform
NCAA-C-USA-UTEP Miners Uniforms
Colors Blue, Orange, and Silver Accent

                     

Fight song "Miners Fight"
Mascot Paydirt Pete
Marching band Sound of the Southwest Marching Miner Regiment
Website utepathletics.com
The UTEP Miners football team represents the University of Texas at El Paso located in El Paso, Texas. The Miners are a member of the NCAA FBS Conference USA and play their home games at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. The Miners are currently coached by Dana Dimel.

HistoryEdit

Although UTEP began competing in intercollegiate football in 1914, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1937. The State College of Mines and Metallurgy fielded its first football team in 1914, under the direction of head coach Tommy Dwyer, who led the team until 1917.[1] Head coach Harry Van Surdam took over the reins of the Miners in 1920, the same year the school changed its name to the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas.[2] Former Texas head coach E. J. Stewart led the Miners football program from 1927 to 1928, compiling a 5–6–3 record during those two seasons.[3]

Mack Saxon served as the head football coach of the Miners from 1929 to 1941, compiling a record of 66–43–9, making him the winningest head coach in program history.[4] He led the Miners to three 7–1 seasons.[4] Saxon led the Miners, an NCAA Division I-A independent for its entire 21-year history to that point, into the Border Conference in 1935.[5] Saxon's 1936 team lost 34-6 to Hardin–Simmons in the 1937 Sun Bowl, the only bowl game to which his teams were invited.[6] Jack Curtice had a successful run as the Miners head coach from 1946 to 1949, compiling a record of 24–13–3, which included back to back 8-2-1 campaigns during his final two years.[7] It was in 1949 that the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas changed its name to Texas Western College.[2][8] Curtice left the Miners to accept the position of head coach for Utah after the 1949 season.[9]

In June 1950, Mike Brumbelow was hired as the head football coach and athletic director at Texas Western.[10] He had been operating sporting goods stores at Midland and Odessa, Texas (in partnership with Tex Carleton) at the time of his hiring at UTEP.[11] Brumbelow served as head football coach at UTEP from 1950 to 1956.[12][13][14] He had a successful tenure as coach, guiding his teams to a 46–24–3 record.[15] The team won eight or more games three times, in 1953, 1954 and 1956.[12] He led UTEP to appearances in the 1954 Sun Bowl, 1955 Sun Bowl, and 1957 Sun Bowl, two of which UTEP won.[16] Brumbelow retired as UTEP's football coach in July 1957 and as athletic director in 1959.[17][18] He retired as the school's second winningest head football coach and held that distinction until he was surpassed by Mike Price in 2012.[19] Brumbelow was inducted into El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 1964,[17] and the UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.[16]

Ben Collins was promoted from assistant coach to head coach following Brumbelow's retirement.[20] Under his tutelage, the Miners compiled a record of 18–29–1.[21] He also succeeded Brumbelow as athletics director.[20] Collins resigned after multiple losing seasons at the helm of Miners football.[22] Bum Phillips came to Texas Western from Amarillo High School and led the Miners for one season, a 4–5 campaign in 1962.[23] He left the Miners to return to the high school ranks with Port Neches–Groves High School in 1963.[24] 

Conference affiliationsEdit

Since the first season of the program in 1914, UTEP has only been in three conferences:

Prior to 1935 and from 1962 to 1967 the Miners were independent.

Conference championshipsEdit

UTEP has won two conference championships, one outright and one shared. In 1956 the UTEP Miners finished the year with a 9–2 overall record and a 5–0 in conference to win the Border Conference and its first conference champions title. The season included wins over Arizona, Arizona State, and Texas Tech. The Miners were defeated by North Texas that year. Forty Four years later in 2000, the Miners shared the Western Athletic Conference Champions title with TCU. UTEP finished 8–4 overall record and a 7–1 in conference. The season included wins over Fresno State, Rice, and SMU. The Miners were defeated by TCU, its only loss in conference play.

Conference championships
Season Conference Head Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1956 Border Conference Mike Brumbelow 9–2 5–0
2000 Western Athletic Conference Gary Nord 8–4 7–1

† Co-champions

SeasonsEdit

2020sEdit

Season Coach Record
2020 Dana Dimel TBD

2010sEdit

Season Coach Record
2019 Dana Dimel 1-11
2018 Dana Dimel 1-11
2017 Sean Kugler; Mike Price 0-12
2016 Sean Kugler 4-8
2015 Sean Kugler 5-7
2014 Sean Kugler 7-6
2013 Sean Kugler 2-10
2012 Mike Price 3-9
2011 Mike Price 5-7
2010 Mike Price 6-7

2000sEdit

Season Coach Record
2009 Mike Price 4-8
2008 Mike Price 5-7
2007 Mike Price 4-8
2006 Mike Price 5-7
2005 Mike Price 8-4
2004 Mike Price 8-4
2003 Gary Nord 2-11
2002 Gary Nord 2-10
2001 Gary Nord 2-9
2000 Gary Nord 8-4

Logos/UniformsEdit

Image galleryEdit

Bowl gamesEdit

UTEP has played in 14 bowl games, compiling a record of 5–9.Template:Citation needed

Bowls played in
Season Head Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1936 Mack Saxon Sun Bowl Hardin–Simmons L 6–34
1948 Jack Curtice Sun Bowl West Virginia L 12–21
1949 Jack Curtice Sun Bowl Georgetown W 33–20
1953 Mike Brumbelow Sun Bowl Southern Miss W 37–14
1954 Mike Brumbelow Sun Bowl Florida State W 47–20
1956 Mike Brumbelow Sun Bowl George Washington L 0–13
1965 Bobby Dobbs Sun Bowl TCU W 13–12
1967 Bobby Dobbs Sun Bowl Ole Miss W 14–7
1988 Bob Stull Independence Bowl Southern Miss L 18–38
2000 Gary Nord Humanitarian Bowl Boise State L 23–38
2004 Mike Price Houston Bowl Colorado L 28–33
2005 Mike Price GMAC Bowl Toledo L 13–45
2010 Mike Price New Mexico Bowl BYU L 24–52
2014 Sean Kugler New Mexico Bowl Utah State L 6–21

ReferencesEdit

  1. Navarrete, Juan Carlos. The good, the bad, and the mining: The first 100 years in sports – The Prospector. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 UTEP Encyclopedia – UTEP Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on October 15, 2016.
  3. University of Texas at El Paso People: Utep Miners Basketball Coaches, Utep Miners Football Coaches, University of Texas at El Paso Alumni. General Books (October 7, 2011).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mack Saxon Coaching Record. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017.
  5. Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association – NCAA History.
  6. Hardin–Simmons 34, UTEP 6 – Recaps – Hyundai Sun Bowl – December 29, 2017 – El Paso, Texas. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015.
  7. Jack Curtice Coaching Record. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.
  8. Tales from the Morgue: 1954: TWC Engineering Students Cling To Old College Of Mines Name. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017.
  9. Maule, Tex. Cactus Jack and His Kokomos. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.
  10. Bob Ingram. "Brumbelow Fills All the Requirements", June 24, 1950. 
  11. "Mike Brumbelow Appointed Coach At Texas Western: Former E.P. High Mentor Succeeds Curtice", June 23, 1950. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Mike Brumbelow Records by Year. College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on February 14, 2010. Retrieved on May 4, 2010.
  13. "Football Coach Retires", July 3, 1957. 
  14. "Texas Western Coach Happy", February 17, 1957. 
  15. Mike Brumbelow Coaching Record. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.
  16. 16.0 16.1 UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame. UTEP Athletics. Archived from the original on April 13, 2010. Retrieved on May 4, 2010.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Bob Ingram. "Mike Brumbelow dies; services set tomorrow", August 11, 1977. 
  18. Bob Ingram. "Mike did lot in athletics at UTEP with little money", August 12, 1977. 
  19. Stull, Bob. How fans can say ‘thanks’ to coach Mike Price. Archived from the original on July 26, 2017.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Remembering UTEP Athletics Hall of Famer Ben Collins. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.
  21. Ben Collins Coaching Record. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.
  22. Archived copy. Archived from the original on December 3, 2016. Retrieved on December 2, 2016.
  23. Phillips, O.A.. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013.
  24. Bum Phillips (September 7, 2015). Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.

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