With Camp Socorro in full swing, and Miner Mania just around the corner, let's go ahead and take a look at everything that is anything around the Miner Nation here in mini dig no. 6.
Miner Coach Tim Floyd to enter Iowa State Hall of Fame -
UTEP Miner Men's basketball coach Tim Floyd has been selected as one of five individuals that will be enshrined into the Iowa State HOF on September 2nd. CTF is the only ISU coach to lead the Cyclones to three straight NCAA tournament appearances, and he left ISU with the highest winning percentage in school history at .633. Congratulations to Coach Floyd.
Still Uncertain at QB Position -
Camp Socorro is now in day 6, and the season opener in the Sun Bowl against Stony Brook is only 23 days away, but still there is no definitive word out of camp as to who will be the starting quarterback. It is widely assumed that JC transfer Nick Lamaison will take the reigns, but redshirt freshman Javia Hall, sophomore Carson Meger, and senior Tate Smith have all played well, and are certainly staking their claim as well. It is a bit unsettling to know that we are less than a month away from opening the season and still have no starting QB, but to see all these guys playing well assures that whoever gets the job will be at the top of their game.
Season Tickets for Bronze Section Set at $75 for only one more day -
As most already know the UTEP athletics department ran a special where they would set the price of bronze section season tickets ($110) at whatever the low temperature was on August the 6th. The low temperature happened to be 75 degrees, and thus season tickets are available for $75 a piece through tomorrow. Get them while you still can.
Former Miner Arnett Moultrie Excelling at Mississippi St -
I've got to admit that it is an absolute shame that we couldn't hold on to Arnett Moultrie. He certainly would've been huge last year, and possibly for another year as well. But, he's long gone and after sitting out a year due to transfer rules he is now ready to get back to basketball in his new home in the SEC. The Mississippi St Bulldogs are currently overseas playing a series of five exhibition games against national and all star teams from around Europe. In the first three games, Moultrie has posted two double doubles going for 14 and 14 in game one, and 19 and 14 in game three, to go along with 16 points in game two. If this guy can keep his head in the right place and continue to train hard, he will certainly be a first round draft pick come next June. Good Luck to Arnett.
Mini Recruiting Update -
CTF and the Miner basketball team have offered 4 star athlete Winston Shepard a scholarship. Shepard is 6-8 205lb SF and is currently ranked as the 20th best SF in the 2012 class, and is ranked 69th in the ESPNU top 100 players in the 2012 class. Shepard has also received offers from San Diego St, Oklahoma St, Memphis, Kansas, Texas, and Texas A&M. Its still unclear where the Miners stand in Shepard's mind.
CMP and UTEP football have offered 3 star athlete Jordan Smith a scholarship as well. Smith is a 6-5 225lb TE from Waco, TX, and he is currently ranked the 33rd best TE in the nation by ESPN. ESPN speaks highly of him as a versatile TE, and he could certainly be used in the Miner offense. TE is probably the thinnest of all positions coming into this season so it would certainly be nice to sign a solid TE for next year. Smith has also been offered by Air Force, Cincinnati, and Kansas, with the Jayhawks possibly being the current frontrunner.