It's UTEP football game week, as the unusual season gets ready to kick off this weekend. The Miners will host Stephen F. Austin in their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 5 and kickstart their 12-game season.
Over the weekend, UTEP sent out a release to confirm what felt like inescapable news. Five Miner student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 and as a result, the university's athletic facilities will close for extensive cleaning until Thursday, July 16.
Gauging the pulse of the UTEP football fan base, the excitement has hit a brick wall and frustrations continue to rise. Can you blame them, though? This is the same program that has only seven winning seasons since their last bowl victory in 1967.
As the NCAA continues to allow universities to move forward with voluntary workouts, UTEP will permit its student-athletes to return to campus in phases beginning on June 15, as announced by Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Thursday.
This year's class includes the 2000 Western Athletic Conference Champion Football Team, Jeep Jackson (men’s basketball), Tanja Magoc (tennis), Lee Mays (football), Holly Russ (women’s basketball) and Jami Tullius (soccer).