UTEP Miners is the name given to the sports teams of the University of Texas at El Paso. Informally, the UTEP Miners have also been referred to as the Miners, UTEP, or simply El Paso. After the departure of four members of the Western Athletic Conference including UTEP in 2005, in which all four became members in the same coference, the Miners joined Conference USA as a part of the West Division.The UTEP Miners are best known as the only team in Texas to win a NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. UTEP's colors are Orange and Blue and the mascot is a miner named Paydirt Pete. The athletic director for the Miners is Bob Stull.
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Playing their first game in 1914, the UTEP Miners football team currently compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The team plays its games in the Sun Bowl Stadium, and Mike Price is at the helm for his 5th season at UTEP in 2008.
|Mickael Hanany||high jump|
|Blessing Okagbare||long jump|
|women's 4x100 meter relay|
|Oludamola Osayom||100M women|
|Oludamola Osayom||200M women|
|Halimat Ismaila||100M women|
|Churandy Martina||100M men|
|Churandy Martina||200M men|
|Ronalds Arajs||200M men|
|Caiman Douglas||men 4x100 meter relay|
|Alexandros Papadimitriou||hammer throw men|
The idea of the present Silver Spade was from UTEP student Don Henderson, the student association president and now a very successful El Paso businessman and former mayor of the city. In 1955 Henderson secured the present spade and each year the score of the game is engraved on the blade.
Perhaps the idea behind the spade is the fact that at the time the prospector's spade was uncovered, both schools' major field of study had use for the tool, mining and metallurgy for the College of Mines and agriculture at then New Mexico A&M. The Brass Spittoon, officially known as the Mayor's Cup, came into existence in 1982 when the mayors of the two cities; Jonathan Rogers of El Paso, and David Steinberg of Las Cruces decided to present another traveling trophy to the winner of the UTEP vs New Mexico State University game. This game is more commonly known as "The Battle of I-10".