Each workday over a three-week period, Charlotte49ers.com will profile a different Conference USA school as a way to introduce our new league opponents starting in 2013-14.


Location: El Paso, Texas
Founded: 1914
Enrollment: 22,640
Nickname: Miners
Colors: Dark Blue, Orange and Silver accent
President: Dr. Diana Natalicio
Athletics Director: Bob Stull

Athletics Website: utepathletics.com
Facebook: UTEP Athletics
Twitter: @UTEPAthletics

Conference History: UTEP has been a member of Conference USA since 2005.

Proper References: UTEP

Athletic Highlights: UTEP has won 25 national championships including a men’s basketball title in 1966.  They defeated Kentucky in the championship game and became the first national champ to start five African Americans. UTEP remains to be the only Division I university in the state of Texas to win a national championship.  UTEP also won 13 men’s track and field titles and seven men’s cross-country titles.  In 2007, the Miners posted a perfect score of 15 by claiming each of the top five individual spots to win the C-USA men’s cross country title.  In 2013, Anthony Rotich added a national title in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase. In 2012, women’s basketball captured the Conference USA Championship.  Both of UTEP’s men’s and women’s basketball teams had a top 100 RPI, last year.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: UTEP was ranked by Washington Monthly magazine #12 in the US for overall impact on students. UTEP recently invested $400 million to build a state-of-the-art facilities in research, teaching, student support and athletics. UTEP is the largest school in the country with a majority of Mexican- Americans.


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  • BOB BEAMON - Olympic gold medalist, world record holder in track and field
  • HANK COHEN - President, MGM Television
  • ANTONIO DAVIS - Former NBA All-Star
  • SAM DONALDSON - ABC News veteran
  • TIM HARDAWAY - Former NBA All-Star, Olympic gold medalist
  • SHOSHANA JOHNSON - U.S. Army Specialist, former Iraq POW
  • SETH JOYNER - 1991 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Super Bowl champion
  • BOB O'REAR - One of the founders of Microsoft
  • NOLAN RICHARDSON - Former collegiate men's basketball head coach

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