Day 81: The Football Team’s First Practice

By on October 12, 2013

1915_theSquad-ProspectorToday is Day 81 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial Year.

Football at the University of Texas at El Paso has existed since the very beginning. In fact, the first team practice occurred on the first day of school in 1914.

Over 2-dozen coaches have led the Miners season after season.  The UTEP Miner football team has participated in over a dozen bowl games since 1937, and won a conference title in 2000.

The 1914 UTEP Miner Football Team played their inaugural game against the YMCA of El Paso.  The Miners won 7-to-6.  Other teams they played that season included New Mexico State, New Mexico Military, the 20th Infantry, and El Paso High.

The football team did not play in 1918 and from 1943-to-1945 because of the First & Second World Wars.

Early games were played on Kidd Field.  The UTEP football team inaugurated the Sun Bowl Stadium on September 21st, 1963, and earned a 34-to-7 win over North Texas State.

Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.