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2012-2013 UTEP Basketball Schedule Taking Shape

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The 2012-13 UTEP basketball schedule is still far from complete, but UTEP athletics has released a quick piece discussing how it's all coming together. The slate is quickly becoming one of the tougher ones we've seen in years, perhaps decades. The Miners will take on both UNLV and Oregon in the Don, as well New Mexico State in their regular home and home series. The Miners are currently in negotiations to get a home game against Oral Roberts, and will also take part in November's Old Spice Classic in Orlando. That tournament features Clemson, Davidson, Gonzaga, Marist, Oklahoma, UTEP, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia. CTF did comment on the struggles of getting quality opponents into the Sun Bowl tournament, and did also mention that he expected to field some quality teams. Regardless of who ends up in that tourney, the 2012-13 Miners will certainly have a tough task ahead of them. Check back for more scheduling updates in the coming months.

It's Official: CFB To Have Final Four

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Officials from the 11 FBS conferences have come to an agreement on a four team playoff beginning in the 2014 season. A selection committee for the four team playoff was discussed, but no agreement was reached on that. Thus, how the teams will be selected is still yet to be determined. Stay tuned for more info.

Conference USA and The NFL Draft

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In just about 6 hours, the 2012 NFL draft will kickoff live from Radio City Music Hall. The first round will take place tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET. The second and third rounds will be...

Conference Commissioners Discussing Potential BCS Selection Committee

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The commissioners of the 11 FBS football conferences are currently discussing the different possibilities of a potential BCS format change. While many seem to like the idea of a four team playoff, most do not like the idea of keeping the current ratings system. Rather than take the top four ranked schools in the BCS poll, commissioners are discussing the possibility of creating a BCS Selection Committee similar to that of college basketball. Any changes to the current system would not go into effect until 2014. More on this to come.

Fight Cancellation Story Beginning to Take Shape

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While the surprising announcement that the June 16th fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee at the Sun Bowl would be cancelled is now in the rearview mirror, the whole story is just beginning to take shape. Rumors are swirling that Chavez Jr. is currently dating the ex-wife of cartel leader El Chapo Guzman's son, and that potentially is the "perceived threat" that most are talking about. There is still no public knowledge of any actual threat, and the actions taken by the chancellor seem to be preemptive. Although the decision made may seem to be a "reasonable" one, without any direct threat, that decision is completely bogus. El Paso has been host to many events such as this one, always without incident. We remain one of the safest cities in the country, and its a shame that the UT Chancellor has put a black eye on the city, IF, there have not been any direct theats. El Paso mayor John Cook has estimated the economic loss for the city at $4.5 million, but the indirect negative impact on the economy could reach numbers far greater than that. More on this as the story unfolds.

A Break From Basketball: CMP Talks UTEP Football on SiriusXM Sports

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Coach Mike Price was featured on "The College Football Playbook" on SiriusXM Radio. Jack Arute and Dan Hawkins got to chat with CMP for a few minutes and get some insight into the 2012 season. Coach Price talks injuries, scheduling, and even hints that the Miners will end up in the Mountain West Conference when "it's all said and done". Have a listen.

"The only thing we can figure out is that so many people would be coming over the border to watch...

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"The only thing we can figure out is that so many people would be coming over the border to watch the fight. That's not a high security concern, that's just racist."-Top Rank's Bob Arum

More of Nothing: BCS Weighing Playoff Options

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It seems like this story just keeps repeating itself over and over, but the powers of the BCS are looking into the possibility of a neutral site playoff. The specifics of such a playoff are still up in the air, but most seem to like the idea of 4 teams. Any changes wouldn't take effect until the 2014 season, so we'll likely hear this same jazz another 2 or 3 times before we get any definitive word. In any case, its nice to see the BCS (kinda) buying into what the public has wanted for years now. More on this as it becomes available.

Aaron Price Rumored as Candidate for Weber St. Head Job

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Here is the tweet from Pete Rousell @coachingsearch "Sources tell me that UTEP offensive coordinator Aaron Price is a candidate at Weber State" More on this as information becomes available.

UT Board of Regents Backstabs UTEP, Strips Them Of A Big Money Fight At The Sun Bowl

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The potential Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight that was supposed to take place in the Sun Bowl on June 16th has been cancelled, citing border violence concerns. Which, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that something fishy is going on here. Truly disgusting. UPDATE: Senator Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso) has released a statement. It reads: "I strongly oppose the decision by the UT System to cancel this fight, especially without consulting local officials regarding any potential threat. This is just one more example of what happens when our state leaders disregard the facts by falsely calling border communities ‘war zones’ without any evidence to support their claims, Decisions such as these hurt our local economy and tarnish the image of border communities. El Paso is not only one of the safest communities in Texas, it is one of the safest in the nation. There have been several events such as this in El Paso — including a boxing match at UTEP last weekend — with no incidents. The decision to cancel this fight due to the fears of border violence only reinforces to the negative perception of El Paso and will have a lasting impact on the community for years to come. If decisions are going to be made without solid evidence of actual threats of violence at events such as this, then border communities from El Paso to Brownsville will be irreparably harmed."

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