But why don't NBA or the NFL teams draft UTEP Miners more often? No football players went in last weekend's draft.
Here's saying it's because the best athletes in Utepia are generally transfers from bigger schools, athletes who showed great talent in high school, blew it at their first college, and did the same at UTEP.
An example is 2008-09 basketball big man Kareem Cooper, who didn't pan out at Memphis, then came here with glowing reports of super talent. That he may have had, but he showed no oomph on the court and wound up quitting the team.
In football, UTEP gave Fred Rouse a second chance after he blew it at Florida State. He was supposedly the best receiver coming out of high school in the nation his senior year. He's off the Miner roster now, too.
Here's saying the next 100 percent Miner to go in the draft, and high up, will be junior-to-be quarterback Trevor Vittatoe.
The best talent on next year's basketball team is Derrick Character. Oops, he's a transfer from Louisville.