Just some tough turf talk today.
It's great, and needed, that UTEP is to have a new artificial turf on the Sun Bowl floor before the Sept. 5 season opener against Buffalo.
But note: When UTEP paid $800,000 for the present turf in time for the 2001 season, it was reported it should last 12 years.
Apparently, the climate in these parts wasn't taken into consideration, heat and sun. By 2007, UTEP was already talking about badly needed a new turf.
Is UTEP getting some money back from the previous turf company for selling a product that went back after only six years?
Also, and somebody has to say this: The new turf is going down now, some 24 days until the season opener. It's said the new turf can be installed and ready for play in two weeks. Let's hope it doesn't rain a lot, or there isn't some reason the crews can't get it down in time. Or, UTEP might be calling old pal New Mexico State — "Can we use your stadium for a game?"
You can hear more about the turf, as well as talk about Mike Price's future and Sun Bowl stadium food on the latest UTEP football podcast.