Joe Muench is a retired editorial writer and columnist. He has spent over 40 years as a sports writer and columnist for the El Paso Times and Las Cruces Sun News. Joe also has a guest spot one Monday each month on Sportstalk.
UTEP hasn’t had a Vince Hunter-type talent since … well, since Coach Emeritus Don Haskins tried to downplay the talent of Tim Hardaway prior to Hardaway’s junior season. That was a quarter century ago.
It’s not a punch in the gut that UTEP vs. Utah State drew an all-time low TV rating for the nine-year-old Gildan New Mexico Bowl. No dis here. And it goes back a long way when it was first explained why this is logical.
To many, when one’s favorite team gets into a bowl game it’s the “my team” chest pounding, et al the boola boolas and the let’s par-tee chant! To the university’s athletic department it’s some peacock preening for boosters – and money from new boosters. To the team’s coaching staff it’s a chance to be on the campus practice field an extra week or two – or three.
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