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Team: UTEP Miners
Conference: Conference USA
Home Games: Sun Bowl Stadium
Manager: Dana Dimel
All-Time Greats: Jim Evans, Fred Carr, Eric Washington, Lee Mays, Adrian Ward, Aaron Jones
Mascot: Paydirt Pete
UTEP Miners TicketsThe University of Texas at El Paso got its start as the State College of Mines and Metallurgy. In 1914, college fielded its first football team. Technically, the football team predates the school. The Miners hit its stride in the Depression era, with a record of 66–43–9 under the legendary head coach, Mack Saxon. That era remains the best winning percentage in UTEP history. UTEP has never been a football powerhouse that contends for national championships. However, in the 2000s, the Miners have played interesting, effective football. Head coach, Mike Price, was at the helm from 2004 to 2012 and compiled a record of 48 wins and 61 losses. This is the best record since Coach Saxon's era. Coach Price is still loved by the school and its fan base. He returned in 2017 as an interim head coach, before Dana Dimel was hired in 2018. You can see the Miners in action when you purchase your UTEP Miners football tickets at StubHub.
Where do the UTEP Miners play?The UTEP Miners football games are held at the Sun Bowl. Located on campus at UTEP, the Sun Bowl first opened in 1963. In that opening game, the Miners defeated the North Texas Mean Green team. The Sun Bowl is named after the postseason game that it famously hosts annually. When it opened, the stadium seated 30,000. Presently, it seats 51,500 fans.
Who is the Miners’ head coach?The UTEP Miners team is coached by Dana Dimel. Coach Dimel previously held positions including co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach. He was the head coach at the University of Wyoming and the University of Houston. Dimel played the position of tackle for Kansas State team from 1984 to 1986. In his first season at UTEP, the Miners went 1-11, with a record of 1-7 in conference.
What was UTEP’s record last season?UTEP had a challenging season in 2018, with just one win. The team's lone win came late in the season against Rice while on the road in Houston. UTEP finished and tied for 6th place with Rice. The 2018 season did represent an improvement for the Miners. However, in 2017, the team finished with 0 wins, and it was the team's first winless season since the 1973 season.
What is UTEP football's schedule for 2019?UTEP will start the season with a match-up against Houston Baptist on August 31, 2019. The schedule sees the Miners face off against Texas Tech, Nev., North Texas, Rice and other teams. UTEP was ranked in the last place in the Conference USA preseason media guide.
Who are some notable players from UTEP?UTEP has produced several standout players over the years. Will Hernandez, Aaron Jones and Oniel Cousins are among the most recent Miners to be drafted into the NFL.
What is the atmosphere at a UTEP game like?UTEP Miners football games are a family-friendly activity. The Sun Bowl offers fans plenty of parking. Inside the stadium, things are a little bit old-school. The seats in the stadium are aluminum benches. There's no protection from the sun, so fans are advised to wear sunscreen and bring hats or umbrellas. The building has plenty of restrooms and concessions. The 250-member UTEP Marching Miners band is a highlight of the home games. The UTEP Diamonds Colorguard and the Golddiggers Dance Team are also very entertaining at halftime.
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