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Op-Ed: Investigation into NCAA’s Top Schools Shines Spotlight on Multiple Problems

“People ask me, ‘What about your sport Dickey V?’ It’s SLEEZY and I have to admit it!” – Dick Vitale

As first reported Tuesday and Wednesday, shockwaves were sent throughout the NCAA and the college sports world. Louisville Cardinals Head Basketball Coach Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave, effectively ending his time at the wheel in Louisville. In his time there, Pitino was involved in an extortion case, an escort service that was used to recruit players using sex scandal and now this latest case, an FBI investigation into fraud and bribery.

Rick Pitino however isn’t the only coach implicated, and Louisville isn’t the only big name school to be involved.

The FBI charges that assistant coaches at USC (former employer of Tim Floyd, who fired him for ethics violations), Arizona, Auburn and Oklahoma State were implicated as taking cash bribes in order to steer college athletes to certain financial advisor and sports agents.

Each coach is facing up to 80 years in prison, according to the FBI.

This is yet another scandal hitting college sports, something that is becoming one of the calling cards of college athletics. There is no honor among thieves and the NCAA itself is the largest thief of them all. How can something of this magnitude continue to occur under the umbrella that is the NCAA?

The answer is pretty simple. The longer the NCAA allows the individual schools to make their own revenue from outside agencies, such as shoe & apparel companies.

UCLA: 15 years, $280 million w/ UnderArmour

Ohio State: 15 years, $252 million, Texas: 15 years, $250 million & Michigan: 15 years, $173.8 million w/ Nike

Kansas: 14 years, $191 million & Louisville: 10 years, $160 million w/ Adidas

There are multiple major programs with their own individual shoe & apparel deals, these deals are extremely lucrative and help to keep these schools as powerful as possible in the NCAA. But they also cause an issue with ethics and morality in the sport.

Rick Pitino and Louisville are under fire because Addidas “allegedly” paid a player over $100K to go play for Louisville, but couldn’t the same be possible for Kansas? Couldn’t Nike have paid top football and basketball recruits to go to either OSU or Texas?

It’s not so far fetched to think that these shoe & apparel companies are perhaps the strongest outside influencers in college sports, and it is evident in the ongoing FBI investigation.

This is the first wave of names and arrests to be made over the next few weeks or months from the FBI, but will it really ever stop? How can there be an equal playing field when there is the unfair advantage of schools like Louisville and UCLA that own a monopoly on basketball recruits because they have the shoe deals and the resources to pay these players, or at least give them more than a normal recruit?

Perhaps the NCAA should embrace the changing time and see the real underlying issue here.

Most of these student athletes are coming from homes right around or under the poverty line, they are in many cases, the families only hope to get out of the current situation. We’ve seen time and time again that the scholarship is not enough. We see the “one and done” chase the money in College Basketball because while they’re generating revenue for the university and NCAA, they cannot afford a decent meal most of the time.

We’ve seen College Football players stealing food, or be arrested or implicated in charges for selling their own signature or their own jersey because they need a little bit of money to help their families.

I’m not saying that the NCAA should pay the players, but perhaps they should find a happy medium between paying them a salary and saying that a scholarship is enough. If there were a set value on what the student athletes can make and make sure that is the same across all boards, it will ease the pressure faced by youths who feel cornered between doing the right thing and what they perceive as the right thing.

When it comes to shoe and apparel deals, the money should be split equally among all the schools. The overseeing system (in UTEP’s case, the University of Texas system) should be in charge of splitting up the money generated equally and spend it on each athletic program under its umbrella. If that is too difficult of a case, then the revenue should be split among the major brands (i.e. Nike, Addidas, Under Armour etc.) by conference.

Every player in the conference gets an equal piece of the pie and the major conferences have to pay an NBA Style Luxury Tax to keep the playing field level.

One thing is certain, the current state of college athletics is not working and needs to evolve in order for these backroom deals to finally be put to an end. As a fan of the NCAA and the sports within, it is growing increasingly harder to watch and support a system that generated billions in revenue, while paying students with an “education” or free ride.

Yes it is what you make of it, but the NCAA is making much more than that where it counts, in the bank accounts.




Author – Mike Tipton ( ) is a graduate of Socorro High School and current UTEP student. He spent 3 years in the US Air Force and love to travel. Mike currently works at ESPN as a production assistant for ESPN Radio. He hopes to one day have his own local radio show in El Paso. 

Miners Qualify for NCAA West Preliminaries

The UTEP track and field team will be sending 16 student-athletes to compete in the NCAA West Preliminaries next weekend (May 25-27) in Austin, Texas.

In order to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., an athlete or relay team must finish in the top 12 at the preliminaries.

The Orange and Blue will have four athletes running the 800m race. Lilian Koech (2:04.68) and Linda Cheruiyot (4:23.60) will be representing the women’s side on Thursday starting at 7:10 p.m. CT. All-American Emmanuel Korir (1:43.73) and Michael Saruni (1:45.82) will on Thursday scheduled to start at 7:35 p.m.

Last year’s runner up in the 100m hurdles, Tobi Amusan (12.67) will compete in the 100m hurdles on Friday at 3:30 p.m.She goes in ranked second in the west region. Senior duo, Ada Benjamin (52.87) and Florence Uwakwe (53.29) will compete in the 400m on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Senior Yanique Bennett (58.57) and sophomore Dreshanae Rolle (1:00.19) will take the track in the 400m hurdles, when Bennett took silver at the C-USA Championships. Distance runner, Winny Koech (33:51.31) will compete in the 10,000m run. Last week, she claimed gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the conference meet.

Samantha Hall (55.17m) will compete in the discus throw. Hall claimed gold in this event at the conference meet last week.

On the men’s side, Jonah Koech (3:41.22) and Cosmas Boit (3:45.97) will take part in the 1,500m run on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Asa Guevara (46.92) will race in the 400m at 6:45 p.m.

Karol Koncos (64.29m) will be heaving the hammer throw on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Koncos heads into his first NCAA West Prelims ranked 18th.

Lucia Mokrasova will not be competing in the NCAA Prelims, but she has earned a spot in the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon. For the heptathlon, there is no qualifying round. The top 24 marks automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. Mokrasova (5,671 points) is the 12th best mark in the nation.

UTEP also will be sending three relay teams to the preliminaries. The women’s 4x100m (44.81) relay, the women’s 4x400m relay (3:38.56) and the men’s 4x400m relay team. The men’s team (3:06.35) heads to Austin ranked in the top 10 in the west region.

For live updates and breaking news be sure to follow @UTEPTrack on Twitter and uteptrack on Instagram.

UTEP Men’s Golf Season Ends In Washington

SAMMAMISH, Wa.– The incredible run that was the UTEP men’s golf team’s season came to an end at the 2017 NCAA Washington Regional in Sammamish, Washington on Wednesday.

The Miners shot 32-over 884 (297-294-293) at the Aldarra Golf Club to finish in ninth place, four spots out of the desired fifth place and the opportunity to punch their ticket to the national championships. Top-seeded Southern California, also the no. 1 team in the nation, remained under par to finish first in the regional with 3-under 849 (280-283-286).

Kent State, Florida State, Alabama and Penn State will join Southern California at the NCAA National Championships in Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. on May 26-31.

Four Miners finished in the top-50 of the field. Charles Corner, who spearheaded the Orange and Blue’s run all tournament, finished in a tie for 22nd with 5-over 218 (70-74-74). Corner collected four birdies in the final round on holes no. 9, no. 10, no. 12, and no. 17 and tied for seventh overall in par-4 scoring (4.11, +3). The junior also shot the team’s lone eagle during round two.

Senior Frederik Dreier made his last appearance as a Miner, shooting 7-over 220 (76-68-76) to finish in a tie for 27th. The two-time C-USA Golfer of the Year led his squad in par-5 scoring (4.75, -3), pars (34) and held the lowest round of any UTEP participant in his second round score of 68. One stroke behind Dreier, Aaron Terrazas finished with a share of 29th after firing 8-over 221 (73-77-71).

The sophomore carded four birdies and tied for fifth overall in par-3 scoring (3.07, +1). Terrazas also tied with Corner for a team-leading eight birdies while collecting 30 total pars.

Andreas Sorensen shot his best round of the tournament to total his 14-over 227 (79-75-73) score, breaking into the top-50 with a tie for 47th place finish. Sorensen collected his tournament-high three birdies in the third round while matching Dreier’s 34 pars to contribute to the teams’ 162 total pars.

Nicklas Pihl shot his lowest score of the three rounds on Wednesday and completed the Miners’ run with a share of 62nd after shooting 18-over 231 (78-78-75). The junior had six total birdies in the tournament.

The Miners, who made their first NCAA Regional appearance as a team since 2004, ended their season with four tournament titles, including the Conference USA Championship. The C-USA title was the first since 1985 and the second conference title ever in program history.

UTEP Men’s Golf Headed to NCAA Regionals

The Conference USA champion UTEP men’s golf team learned on Thursday morning that it will be one of eight squads participating in the Sammamish (Wash.) NCAA Regional May 15-17.  The regional will be contested at the Aldarra Golf Club with 54-hole stroke play as the format.

“I think it could be a great place for us to go,” UTEP coach Scott Lieberwirth said.  “We haven’t been out to that golf course, and I don’t think many teams have.  [Regional host] Washington has never hosted an event out there, so it’s going to be a new experience for any team besides Washington.  I think that’s good in that we don’t have any teams with an advantage over another.  I think it bodes well for us going back to cool season grass, something that most of our team has grown up with and is familiar with.  I think that’s a definite positive for us.”

UTEP is seeded eighth in the regional and will be joined by top seed USC, no. 2 seed Kent State, no. 3 seed Texas A&M, no. 4 seed Florida State, no. 5 seed Washington, no. 6 seed Alabama, no. 7 seed San Diego State, no. 9 seed Penn State, no. 10 seed Michigan, no. 11 seed Michigan State, no. 12 seed Seattle, no. 13 seed Marquette and no. 14 seed Bryant.

“That’s maybe the drawback of going to this region in that at least in the top five lines, it’s statistically the toughest region having #1 [USC], #12 [Kent State] and #13 [Texas A&M] in that field,” Lieberwirth said.  “We have seen USC.  They are awesome.  We know Texas A&M has had an extremely strong year.  Washington, the host, is also very dangerous, especially on their home golf course.  Alabama has come back and played really well later on this spring.  We will definitely have our hands full.”

A total of 81 teams earned NCAA Regional bids and are disbursed among six regionals.  The top five teams in each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. May 26-31.

“In the end, it is going to come down to how we execute and if we do a good job of that, I think we are going to position ourselves to get to the championship,” Lieberwirth said.  “There’s nothing different.  It’s still the same game we have played all year.  The stakes are higher so it’s about managing our options, not getting ahead of ourselves and being patient, moreso this tournament than in any other tournament we’ll play.”

UTEP is participating in NCAA Regionals for the 14th time, and the first time since 2004.  The Miners are tying to advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1995.

“I’ll tell our guys to have fun.  We don’t really have anything to lose at this point,” Lieberwirth said.  “There are some higher ranked teams that sometimes play with a lot of pressure because of an expectation of getting to the national championship.  We need to just go play golf and forget about any expectation.  We’ll add the scores up at the end.  And I think we do a pretty good job of that as a team in general, not really looking at leaderboards, not looking at where we’re placed, let’s just play well for us and if we have a good tournament, we’re going to be in that mix.”

Burges Basketball Player wins Online 3-Point Vote; Will Compete at NCAA Final Four

The basketball season ended for Burges point guard Natalie Sanchez, but her senior year as a Mustang player will not be done until she reaches the NCAA Final Four in Phoenix this weekend.

Sanchez won the #Dreamfearlessly Fan Vote competition, an online voting contest that guaranteed her a spot to compete at the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships this weekend.

She beat Bethany Wolph, from Valley Christian in Arizona, with a 56 percent vote in the final bracket.

“I was actually coming back from spring break when my mom sent out a message that I had won,” Sanchez said. “I felt good. I am a little nervous for what’s coming up, but it feels good to represent El Paso.”

Sanchez is thankful to the Burges community and especially her family for voting for her during the competition.

“They constantly texted me reminding me to vote, so I would go vote and check,” Sanchez said.

The senior will compete against five other competitors in the nationally televised event, which will air on CBS during the Final Four weekend on April 2.

“I am looking forward to competing against other great shooters. It’s going to be a great experience,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been practicing since last Thursday. Just trying to find my shot since my last game.”

Coach Cynthia Hernandez has been working with Sanchez, setting up basketball racks to practice for the competition. She is excited to cheer her on from the stands.

“I’m going to be there so I get to see her compete in person,” Sanchez said. “It’s awesome. It’s a great opportunity for her and for Burges. It’s a good way to promote to our students, school and EPISD.”

To view Natalie’s video log on to and click on the Women’s 3-Point tab.

Story in Six Pics: UTSA at UTEP – Senior Night

UTEP Senior #15 Tevin Caldwell with his mother and Coach Tim Floyd
UTEP Senior #15 Tevin Caldwell with his mother and Coach Tim Floyd
UTEP Senior #15 Tevin Caldwell with his mother look at the video board as Caldwell Father sends a video message from Afghanistan.
UTEP Senior #15 Tevin Caldwell with his mother look at the video board as Caldwell Father sends a video message from Afghanistan.
UTEP Senior #20 Earvin Morris holds up his framed UTEP jersey during the senior day celebrations
UTEP Senior #20 Earvin Morris holds up his framed UTEP jersey during the senior day celebrations
UTEP Senior #23 Hooper Vent and his Family during Senior day celebrations
UTEP Senior #23 Hooper Vent and his Family during Senior day celebrations
UTEP Senior #13 Victor Mbachu and his family during Senior day festivities
UTEP Senior #13 Victor Mbachu and his family during Senior day festivities

UTSA vs Tep BB-12

UTEP's Dominic Artis and Tevin Caldwell saying a Prayer during warm ups vs UTSA
UTEP’s Dominic Artis and Tevin Caldwell saying a Prayer during warm ups vs UTSA

UTSA vs Tep BB-15

UTEP Senior #20 Earvin Morris with the shot vs UTSA
UTEP Senior #20 Earvin Morris with the shot vs UTSA
UTEP Senior #13 Victor Mbachu
UTEP Senior #13 Victor Mbachu
UTEP Senior #20 Earvin Morris with the shot vs UTSA
UTEP Senior #20 Earvin Morris with the shot vs UTSA
UTEP's Lee Moore #4 and #1 Dominic Artis
UTEP’s Lee Moore #4 and #1 Dominic Artis
UTEP's Dominic Artis with the shot attempt vs UTSA
UTEP’s Dominic Artis with the shot attempt vs UTSA
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UTSA #24 Phillip Jones with the shot attempt
UTSA vs Tep BB-25
UTSA #2 J.R. Harris
UTEP's Omega Harris #2
UTEP’s Omega Harris #2

UTSA vs Tep BB-30

UTEP Senior #15 Tevin Caldwell
UTEP Senior #15 Tevin Caldwell
UTEP #5 Paul Thomas
UTEP #5 Paul Thomas
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