What are your thoughts about what should be done with the UTEP football program?
We deserve better
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Sports have no business in education. These type of programs offer very few students any benefit at the expense of all other students. UTEP should get back to the business of teaching young people skills that are needed in society. How to design things, how to make things, how to fix things, how to run things, etc.
Alternately, they can use money made from athletics programs to decrease the cost of tuition. The fact that they don’t do this already is evidence that education is no longer the focus of university operations.
If the NFL and NBA wants to find players, let them pay for it.
Turn it into a male modeling program?
My undergrad degree is from the University of Florida. They have a football program good enough to motivate donations so in many ways it pays for itself. My Master’s degree is from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. They don’t have a football team. They have focused on working with local industry to develop degree programs (and timing—my Master’s courses were all available during the evening and my employer paid my tuition). In short, UAH isn’t trying to be UA and have a full blown sports program—they are instead focusing education and research activities on the needs of the community. And since that community has a strong space program, military ties, and automotive, appliance and electronics manufacturing base it is a very symbiotic relationship. Part of the reason education is becoming unaffordable is because satellite universities are determined to clone everything a state’s largest universities have for students who can’t afford to go away to school. If they follow the UAH model instead, they can focus funding where it is needed. UAH does have hockey and softball, but those sports don’t require the same financial commitment as football. I don’t see UTEP’s football program being more than an expensive hobby. They’ve shined as a basketball school and that might be the better sports focus. Longer term, soccer might be an option as well since national interest is increasing so potentially there could be a path to televised college games.
The previous UTEP president didn’t value athletics and therefore didn’t give it the attention it needed. She only cared about making sure that all foreign students paid in-state tuition at the expense of everything else. As bad as UTEP looked on Saturday, I think Dr. Wilson will give the athletic department some attention. I say give her some time to address it. If it doesn’t show signs of getting better in a few years under new leadership then cut it. I’m a Texas Tech alumni and was therefore cheering for Tech but as a lifelong El Pasoan, it was embarrassing to watch.
Yawn. If it pays for itself, OK. If it doesn’t, get rid of it.
The new president of UTEP has shown up for all of the teams game.
Support and talent are required!
Have you gone to a game?
Have you bought tickets?
Yes, they are not winners but how about showing up and supporting these kids?
Attendance happened a week ago and also in Lubbock.
We’re you there?
I was not at either game. I was studying. That’s why I know the difference between “were” versus “we’re” and “team’s” instead of “teams.”
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Wilson said that she is a strategic, big picture person and will not micromanage the athletics department. Draw your own conclusion. Maybe she is waiting to find out if the local trinity that was behind her hiring gives a damn about UTEP sports. They are now calling the shots at UTEP.
SUPPORT UTEP SPORTS !!!
Football is a bad match for a school like UTEP. To be successful, it requires over a dozen talented players, which are difficult to recruit. UTEP’s success is more likely in basketball in which you really need one star to be very successful. It’s a lot easier to find one great talent, than 10+. Odds are very high that UTEP football will be similarly weak ten years from now.
Kill 🏈 and add ⚽️ 🥅.
“ACADEME, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is taught.” – Ambrose Bierce, 1906.
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