With regards to me mentioning the local talent being recruited to UTEP as an FCS school, my intention is that if you were to take the kid that UTEP is recruiting now from EP that they will contribute more at that level. I agree that you can not fill the roster with our local kids and be successful. But I do believe that there are SOME kids who could definitely contribute and play a huge part in competing at an FCS level. The talent pool is lower overall than at the FBS level obviously. But I truly believe that with the right coach, UTEP and its size of campus and size of city and size of the Sun Bowl and its academics could build an FCS powerhouse with select local kids playing a big part in it. I mean, what the hell, why not give it a try.
* We can't possibly draw fewer people in the stands.
* Both conferences mentioned in original post are stronger in all sports at the D-1 level than C-USA.
* IF FB became a powerhouse at FCS this t own would go to games.
The West Coast or American Athletic conferences would never accept UTEP into their conference. Stop dreaming. Maybe the WAC would.
I am not saying UTEP will magically turn into a 10 win team, but with the leadership changes recently I think we will see more athletic success. The new regime seems to value the marketing sustainability of successful sports programs more than the previous group. Money is starting to be spent on facility upgrades and more to come. I think in a few years, El Paso will be happy with where all the programs are. UTEP has had the smallest recruiting budget for all Texas D1 schools for years. No money put into facilities and lowest combined salaries for staff. Those are recipes for failure. Thus, 1-11 seasons. Hopefully, the changes and commitments from leadership to the program will lead to success. No reason UTEP shouldn't be a 6-9 win team every year.