EL PASO, Texas — Taking a page out of Peter Griffin’s book of “you know what grinds my gears?” is our fan base here at UTEP.
Our fan base has to be one of the worst fan bases in all of sports! You ask why? Well it’s because we have a fan base that is made up of a bunch of complainers and fair weather fans.
We have the only fan base that I know of, that calls into a sports show and complains about an extra surcharge on tickets. Do they not know that the money from the tickets goes to the school to better improve facilities and to the athletic program?
We just came off one of the best seasons in UTEP basketball history. A season that had one of the most wins and do you know how many home games we sold out? Four, that’s it only four so where is the support?
You always hear about how we can’t compete with the big time schools. Well it’s because big time schools like Norte Dame, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio State etc., always sell out their home games no matter what their record is. That will never happen at UTEP. NEVER!
That’s because El Pasoans are cheap and a bunch of whiners. You want proof? We can’t even keep a minor league baseball team in El Paso. The team was sold because it was losing money. The El Paso Buzzards, a hockey team that in the first two years won the title, left El Paso for the same reason as well. We have the El Paso Rhino’s who kick butt but hardly anyone even knows about them.
Former Miner basketball coach Tony Barbee would complain about our fan base and how it wasn’t that great. Barbee later would talk about how they would win games this past year because of the fans when they would actually show up and see the team.
Okay UTEP fans if you are reading this, how many national championships has UTEP won? Is it the just the 1966 National Champion Basketball team? No, UTEP has won 21 National Championships overall.
UTEP has won one in Men’s basketball, seven in Cross Country, seven in Men’s Indoor Track & Field, and six in Men’s Outdoor Track & Field. That is a lot more than just the one that the school boosts about.
Bob Kitchens arguably the second greatest coach in UTEP history has led UTEP to the most national championships. He is retiring after the season and he has an athlete who could add more national championships to UTEP and that is Blessing Okagbare.
Okagbare has the longest long jump this year, fastest 100m times this year and is primed to add more hardware into the trophy case for UTEP. When all is said and done she could be the best female athlete to come to UTEP.
The worst feeling in my opinion is when there are football recruits brought into UTEP to watch a game at the Sun Bowl and the stadium is half empty. Can you imagine what the recruits are thinking? Why do we want to come play here when we don’t have any fan support so why would it change if we came here?
We are one of the best crowds in all of sports when we actually show up and cheer and support our team so why can’t we do it all the time no matter what the win loss record is?
We have a football coach in Mike Price who is currently ninth all-time in wins and a new basketball coach in Tim Floyd who even talked about the fan base at UTEP in his press interview when he was asked the question, “what would you tell the UTEP student body on what to expect from the basketball team?”
His response was to the UTEP student body was, “You better get on board or you are going to miss a lot of fun. We are going to get that place rocking again like it was in the 80s.”
So fans need to get on board and be proud to wear the orange and blue and to be a Miner. And if you don’t and when UTEP takes are you are going to miss out. If you are not on board now Like Tim Floyd said, “They are going to hurt themselves trying to jump on that bandwagon.”