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The Mine / Re: EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 10-31-14 FRIDAY
« Last post by EPTAKE5 on Today at 04:58:25 AM »
3.    UTEP Miners ‏@UTEPAthletics

Flaggert, Cooper and Touchet talk about Saturday's FREE Orange & White Scrimmage at 3 in the DHC!  #minerstrong 


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The Mine / Re: EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 10-31-14 FRIDAY
« Last post by EPTAKE5 on Today at 04:42:28 AM »

                Two-time champ Rotich leads Miners into C-USA meet

By Bill Knight @BillKnightept on Twitter

UTEP junior Anthony Rotich will go for his third consecutive conference championship and the Miner men will chase a team championship Saturday morning at the Conference USA Cross Country Championships at Eagle Point Cross Country Course in Denton, Texas.

Rotich, who already has two NCAA championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in outdoor track and an indoor national title in the mile, won the CUSA title in 2012 in Hattiesburg, Miss., and last year in Denton. His teammate Cosmas Boit, a sophomore, was third a year ago.

“We’re hoping to run 1-2 this year,” said Boit, who was Freshman of the Meet a year ago. “That’s the main aim. We will run together, help each other.”

The Miners, who are chasing their first C-USA cross country team title since 2009, are actually aiming for even more.

“It’s going to be tight,” UTEP coach Paul Ereng said. “The Middle Tennessee runners will be a very tight team ... run close together. We might put people ahead of them but they will come in as a group and that could be tough. North Texas was second last year and they are hosting the tournament and when a team is hosting they will fight.

“Elphas (Maiyo) wasn’t feeling well at Pre-Nationals,” Ereng said. “If he runs the way he usually runs, we have a chance. Daniel Cheruiyot has been consistent and, with him, we can get four runners in the top 15. I think we can get two in the top five, three in the top 10 and four in the top 15. My worry is we sometimes have a gap before our fifth runner. We need someone to step up. (Evans) Kiprono has to step up.”

The women will run their 5-kilometer race at 8 a.m. MDT and the men will run their 8-kilometer race at 9 a.m.

“Our women’s team still needs more build up,” Ereng said. “We have Joan (Jepkirui) but she is just a freshman and we have Truphena (Sum), who is a sophomore. There is a runner from North Texas and a runner from Western Kentucky who are on the same level as Joan ... but, again, she is just a freshman. If she makes her play well, she can be right there in the mix, though.”

Rotich will try to win the individual title ... a title that will give the Miners five in a row. Elkana Rotich (no relation) won the individual crown in 2010, Justice Chirchir won in 2011 and Anthony Rotich has won in 2012 and 2013. UTEP’s Stephen Samoei won the title three years in a row — in 2005, 2006, 2007.

“I’m ready,” Rotich said. “The season has gone well and right now the entire team is in good shape to win the conference championship. We want the team title. The plan we have so far is to run as a team, try to bring our fifth guy in as much as the first guy. We did that earlier at our UTEP race and it was our best race of the season.”

So the chase will be on.

Rotich will chase that third individual title Saturday morning and he and his teammates will try to run down a team championship.

Bill Knight may be reached at 546-6171.

The Mine / EPTAKE5's SHORT TAKES 10-31-14 FRIDAY
« Last post by EPTAKE5 on Today at 04:36:52 AM »

                                    Southern Miss battling for respect

Golden Eagles rebuilding under Monken after 23-game losing streak ended in 2013

By Bret Bloomquist @bretbloomquist on Twitter

The last time Southern Miss came to El Paso in 2011, the Golden Eagles were at their zenith.

One of the proudest mid-majors in all of the FBS, they routed the Miners and a month later shocked unbeaten Houston in the Conference USA title game.

The last time USM and UTEP played in 2012, the Golden Eagles were at their nadir. When the Miners stopped a two-point conversion with 2:48 left, USM absorbed loss number 12 in a stretch where it lost 23 straight games and had three coaches in 14 months.

The Southern Miss team that comes to Sun Bowl Stadium on Saturday is somewhere in between. The rebuilding is coming along, the 3-5 record a bit deceptive since it includes losses to No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Alabama.

The Eagles aren’t where they want to be yet but they are a big step up from where they were. They currently reside in that large swath of the CUSA behind Marshall where just about a nyone can beat anyone. T hat’s definite progress. “ We’ve been m a k i n g play s without a lot of errors,” said Michael Thomas, the leader of a deep receiving corps. “We came up short a couple of games but we’re still improving.

“Each week there are things we have to improve, things we have to work on. Hopefully we’re about to put it all together — the offensive line, the receivers, the defensive line has been improving. We’re a lot better than last year.” If Southern Miss can point to the moment the tailspin ended, it was the final game of 2013 when, after losing 23 straight regular season games and on the verge of a second consecutive losing season, they stunned UAB for their first victory since that ’11 upset of Houston.

“I think that the energy that came from that, singing the fight song, reaping the rewards for your work, I think that starts it,” coach Todd Monken said afterward. “ ‘Wow! That is what it feels like.’ “That helped us a lot, it gave us confidence,” Thomas said. “We kept that positive mindset. We try not to think negatively and keep a positive vibe.”

Monken, a former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator, was finishing up his first year after taking over from Ellis John

who was fired after one 0-12 season in ’12. He was hired after Larry Fedora bolted for North Carolina after his team won C-USA.

W hen Monken talks about his team, he sounds a lot like UTEP’s Sean Ku­gler. The Eagles clearly have a ways to go to re­plenish the talent, but he likes the energy and pas­sion of his team.

Even after his the Eagles lost to Louisiana Tech 31-20 last week, he saw that positive attitude when they reported on Sunday.

“Our team spirit was re­ally good,” Monken said. “Our guys came out with the approach of, ‘Okay, here is how we have to get better’ and have a better Sunday than UTEP has and move on down the road — control what we can control, which is this coming week.

“Our team really re­sponded well to that.”

The immediate chal­lenge, other than UTEP, is sorting out its quar­terback situation. Soph­omore starter Nick Mul­lens is still fifth in C-USA at 243.8 yards per game despite getting injured on the first series against Louisiana Tech and not re­turning.

Southern Miss isn’t showing all its cards, but he seems questionable at best, which would open the door for senior Cole Weeks.

Weeks threw for 338 yards last week in relief in what was his first sig­nificant playing time at the collegiate level but did have two interceptions.

“Cole gave us a chance to win,” Monken said. “There was nothing that he did (wrong) Saturday from a throwing stand­point.

“Obviously when a quar­terback gets 30 percent of the reps during the week at most like he did, you are going to have situations in the game where he didn’t get us in the right check or lined up properly, little things that to the naked eye you wouldn’t notice. Those are things because he hadn’t repped.”

G et t in g produc t ion from the quarterback and a talented receiving corps is vital because Southern Miss’ tailback commit­tee is averaging just 89.5 yards per game and had minus-31 against Louisi­ana Tech.

“Saturday you end up with 76 yards lost rush­ing,” Monken said (there were 45 positive rush yards for the minus-31). “That was bad snaps and loss yardage plays. We didn’t run it tremendously.

“Some of that was our scheme. Some of that was our backs. Some of it was situation of the game.”

That’s an area where Southern Miss is steadily trying to improve. There are a lot of those areas, but also a lot of areas where they are markedly better than they have been.

They’ll meet another team making big rebuild­ing steps Saturday in the Sun Bowl. Bret Bloomquist may be reached at 546-6359.
The Mine / Re: Beep! Beep! My ass
« Last post by Dawgma on October 30, 2014, 11:07:41 PM »
Oh God!  If you're referring to the game in Ft Worth....I was there on that very cold day.
« Last post by Dawgma on October 30, 2014, 11:03:36 PM »
I haven't picked my seat since I was five!  Ok...ten....
The Mine / Re: Eberry, start the OPT or face expulsion - OR WORSE!
« Last post by Dawgma on October 30, 2014, 11:02:32 PM »
Well if George R. R. Martin kicks it before he finishes Game of Thrones, we have a ghost writer who could complete it.
The Mine / Re: UTEP football on tv.
« Last post by Miners1 on October 30, 2014, 11:00:55 PM »
Thats what it says on the schedule. But my directv doesnt have it listed yet. I'll just tune in on that channel and hope for the best lol
The Mine / Re: Americas OL Markos Lujan says he has verbally committed to UTEP
« Last post by Dawgma on October 30, 2014, 10:45:55 PM »
Never mind!  Just saw his number onHudl.  He's a big kid!
The Mine / Re: Americas OL Markos Lujan says he has verbally committed to UTEP
« Last post by Dawgma on October 30, 2014, 10:41:34 PM »
Hey Stan!
What number is Greg?  75?  I think that's him.  He's the biggest guy out there for the Troop.
The Mine / Re: UTEP football on tv.
« Last post by ElpPinkFloyd on October 30, 2014, 09:33:19 PM »
I believe it's Fox College Sports Central.
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