It was looked upon as a Southwest Airlines move, if you recall back then.
What hasn't panned out, however, is fans of UTEP or any of the "West" schools taking to each other. UTEP still has no rivalries in C-USA.
If UTEP could have its druthers, it would jump at the chance of getting back with the schools that dumped the Miners, what's now the Mountain West. Fans here could identify with New Mexico, BYU, Utah, et al, the "Original WAC" schools .