UTEP to play A&M next year, one of seven road games
UTEP’s next head football coach, whoever it may be, is about to inherit a tougher job.
The Miners have scheduled a Nov. 2 game at Texas A&M and Heisman favorite Johnny Manziel and now have a slate that features seven road games and five home games.
The game with the Aggies has been in the works for more than a month and was the reason UTEP turned down a chance to bring Miami to the Sun Bowl.
“We made the contract before I saw them play Alabama,” athletic director Bob Stull said from an undisclosed location where he was presumably interviewing a head coaching candidate.
Texas A&M upset then-No. 1 Alabama earlier this year and is currently ranked No. 9.
“It will be fun, we still want in-state stuff,” Stull said.
Despite only having five home games, Stull also wanted a seventh road game.
“They are tearing up campus, widening Sun Bowl Drive, it’s going to be a mess,” Stull said. “People will not be able to tailgate like they normally do. It will be very inconvenient.
“We’ll have five home games and a game at New Mexico State, so that’s six games our fans can see us.”
UTEP opens with a home game against New Mexico and will play non-conference games at the Aggies in Las Cruces, at Colorado State and at the Aggies in College Station.
The Conference USA schedule won’t be released until February, but the assumption is that UTEP will have home games with UTSA, Tulsa, UAB and Marshall and road games with Louisiana Tech, Rice, North Texas and Tulane.
“The following year (2014) we may have seven home games,” said Stull, who added that Texas Tech will play at the Sun Bowl that season as the first leg of a home-and-home with the Red Raiders.
As for the biggest question — who will be the coach for those games — Stull laughed when asked but did shoot down the widespread rumor that former Boise State and Colorado coach Dan Hawkins was a done deal.
“I’ve known him a long time, he’s a great coach, he’d be a great success, but I haven’t decided on anybody. I’m still talking to people.”
He did indicate that he would like to have a coach in place to introduce at the Dec. 17 men’s basketball game against nationally ranked UNLV at the Don Haskins Center.
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