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Brad

Whatever happened to Patrick Pettis? I thought he was bound for Ole' Miss.

Ed

UTEP has to win recruiting battles within 300 miles to the east, west, and north or El Paso. If they don't, they will never evolve as a football program.

The university also needs to step up academics so they can keep highly motivated student/athletes in El Paso. The SEC schools have made a major surge in that direction; many are respected engineering and business schools. They need to add honors level curriculum, similar to how Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Auburn did recently - those schools have seen 25% increases in comprehensive enrollment by doing so. The chancellor of U. of Alabama is a former dean @ The University of Texas. I'm sure he'd be happy to consult on this matter.

Dr. Natalicio is not a progressive mind. She was an admirable leader years ago, but academia and generating funds for the university requires a salesman, as well as an academic. She needs to go.

georgeofthedesert

UTEP's academic reputation is ok every place except El Paso. That has historically been the problem, El Pasoan's especially the kids of the "Powers that be" in town have always derided the school as the "high school on the hill." It was that way when I was at El Paso High, it was that way when my daughter graduated from Hanks.

Having said that, let us see how these kids do. None nof them signed with what I would call a major power house. El Paso has always sent a kid to Texas A & M, UT or Texas Tech ever few years, but then they disappear in the crowd. Signing with Harvard or UTEP or New Mexico State isn't indicative of major progress for the High School programs in El Paso, but to improve the schools need to rely on coaching. El Paso high schools will never be able to match the money poured into the programs in Midland, Marble Falls, Dallas, etc. And money does make a difference, especially in locker rooms, weight rooms, indoor facilitiesl, etc. If UTEP does well over the next couple of years (big if) perhaps it can pull the El Paso schools up as well.

Pascal Fortran

Well said Georgeofthedesert. You're always the voice of reason.

Adam

What happened with Patrick Pettis?

Terrence L. Daniels

@georgeofthedesert

You're right. It does come down to money, but that problem begins with the citizens of El Paso actually supporting any UTEP team. They have to buy tickets, concessions, novelty items. The more support the people show the more money businesses will put into advertising.

With more money coming in then UTEP can build its programs. But as I said that starts with people actually supporting the programs, win or lose.

People need to stand by, not be a bystander.

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