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How Are the Miners Preparing for the Roadrunners?

For the first time ever, UTEP will face UTSA in the Conference USA opener for both teams Saturday in the Sun Bowl in a game that could end up being a great conference rivalry. So, how are Sean Kugler and the Miners getting ready for the Roadrunners?

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Graphic: Duke Keith
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Is UTEP vs. UTSA the Next Battle of I-10?

Rivalries are a wonderful thing, but it takes two of something to make one; whether you're talking Leonard-Duran, Apple-Google or Army-Navy.

UTEP-New Mexico State? Well...it's an old football rivalry. So old it might need a 9-1-1 call soon; which says one thing if the call goes to the police, but something completely different when it's to the paramedics.

But could UTEP-UTSA be the next Battle of I-10? Click on the link below to find out.

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Chad Middleton
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Questions and Answers for UTEP Football After Overtime Loss Starts Kugler Era

So, now we know. A little more, anyway.

Check out my column on Sean Kugler's debut and what kind of team Miners fans will see this season by clicking the link below.

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Hamilton Not Coming, Floyd Not Budging, Press Not Buying: UTEP Fans Stuck in the Middle [LINK]

That sound you hear is the air coming out of the UTEP basketball program’s balloon.

The Miners probably wouldn’t tell us how many season tickets holders they gained because of Isaac Hamilton and the other golden children in UTEP’s Top-10 recruiting class even if they could; but it was probably sizable or head coach Tim Floyd would never have told the El Paso Times, “People have bought season tickets based on our having Isaac."

That certainly set off the national media. Click the link below to see my column on who loses most in this deal.

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Duke Keith
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Floyd Post-Game Comments: Tim Talks Tigers, Trojans [VIDEO]

Miners head coach Tim Floyd talked about UTEP's 56-54 loss to the No. 252 Memphis Tigers for awhile, then offered a brief statement on the LA Times story in which he stated he talked with USC athletic director Pat Haden about the Trojans' head coaching job.

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Courtesy: ESPN.com
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ESPN Discussion: Is Floyd’s Interview with USC Bad Timing or Good Ethics? [VIDEO]

ESPN is talking about the LA Times article in which Tim Floyd talked about meeting with USC AD Pat Haden about the Trojans' coaching job.

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Victor Decolongon/Getty Images
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Could Tim Floyd Leave UTEP for USC?

 

Sports Spin with Andy Lee and SportsTalk with Steve Kaplowitz (with Chad Middleton on both) will have the latest on the breaking news about Tim Floyd this afternoon. Check 600ESPNElPaso.com for all the latest including post-game interviews and more as the Miners take on the No. 25 Memphis Tigers at the Don Haskins Center.

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UTEP 63, Houston 53: Bohannon’s Big Dunk, Floyd’s Funny Post-Game [LINK]

UTEP big man John Bohannon had a career high in both points (24) and rebounds (17) -- including this rim-rattling dunk -- as the Miners beat the Houston Cougars, 63-53. Click the link below to see the dunk and check out head coach Tim Floyd's amusing post-game presser as he talked about Bohannon.

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Bob Levey/Getty Images
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Miners Football Forecast: UTEP Will Have Showers This Fall [LINK]

The rumor mill on our sister station, 600 ESPN El Paso, has been churning on this here and there, but today it becomes official: quarterback Jameill Showers is leaving Texas A&M and transferring to UTEP where he will play this fall. For more on a big day for  UTEP football, click the link below.

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Duke Keith
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UTEP Football; Kugler Signs 18, Local Stars Staying Home [VIDEO]

Sean Kugler might be a first-year head coach but he's no stranger to El Paso or the game of football. When he unveiled his first class of recruits on National Letter of Intent signing day, two kinds of athletes stood out -- local stars and hard-nosed players. Click the link for the full story and video on UTEP's first haul under Kugler.

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Duke Keith
Duke Keith
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Back to the Future: Former UTEP OL Sean Kugler Returns as Head Coach [LINK]

The reception area of the Larry K. Durham Center was filled with the faithful -- UTEP boosters and a number of ex-players -- all ready to welcome back one of their own to lead the Miners' football program. Sean Kugler was re-introduced to El Paso and took virtually no time to express his love for the university and the community.

"I love El Paso. Two of my children were conceived here," he said, eliciting laughs all around.

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Duke Keith
Duke Keith
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Back to the Future: Former UTEP OL Sean Kugler Returns as Head Coach [FULL VIDEO]

The reception area of the Larry K. Durham Center was filled with the faithful -- UTEP boosters and a number of ex-players -- all ready to welcome back one of their own to lead the Miners' football program. Sean Kugler was re-introduced to El Paso and took virtually no time to express his love for the university and the community.

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