The Uniforms That Made UTEP – The Prospector

LEFT TO RIGHT: In the 80s, football uniforms included a white line on the sleeve and three lines down the pants, while their helmets included spelled “UTEP”. The 1966 men’s basketball uniforms included the words “Texas Western” spelled out on the front and had shorter shorts than today. Women’s basketball uniforms featured a wider sleeve with a blue line above them as well as a high v-neck with stripes along the neck. Photos courtesy of UTEP Sports Department.

A look at UTEP’s athletic attire over the years

UTEP uniforms have been a staple of UTEP Athletics and have evolved over the years. From time to time, miners like to pay homage to uniform designs worn in the past in what they call their “throwbacks”.

Here are some of the sports at UTEP and some of their uniform transformations worn over the years.

In football, UTEP kept a clean look and changed little in the uniforms. In the late 1960s, miners’ uniforms included a wide line down the sleeve and down the pants, while sporting a blank helmet. Compared to the 1980s when the line on the sleeve became smaller and there were now three lines down the pants, one orange and two blue, with UTEP on the helmet.

Between 2016 and 2022, football uniforms have changed a lot. In the 1980s, the football team had UTEP in a large text size on the chest, and from 2016 to 2022 it got smaller. In 2016 the Miners had a small UTEP logo in the middle of the jersey, and in 2018 and 2022 it had UTEP in a medium text size on the chest, varying in color from blue and orange. From 2016 to 2022, the uniform pants were kept simple, with no lines on the sides.

Men’s basketball at UTEP has seen quite a few differences in uniforms over the years. In 1966, UTEP men’s basketball sported the iconic Texas Western uniforms which included orange and white checkered stitching along the neck and arms with the Texas Western spelled out on the front of the uniform along with the player’s number between. The shorts with these uniforms were much smaller than they are today.

Today, UTEP men’s basketball uniforms are very different from the 1966 uniforms. The Min-ers showed off various uniforms throughout the season, including a retro Texas Western jersey with a modern twist and a gray jersey with “Mineros” written across the chest for Noche Latina. A uniform worn this year is an all-white ensemble with UTEP on the chest, UTEP on the waistband, and a small pick on the shorts; this uniform can be compared to the 2008 uniforms without the orange and blue lines on the sides of the jersey and shorts.

UTEP women’s basketball, like the sports mentioned above, has seen a difference in uniforms over the years. In the 1980s, miners’ uniforms had a wider sleeve with a one-inch blue line above the end of the sleeves. The jerseys had a high V-neck like a cup with orange, blue and white stripes and UTEP on the chest.

Currently, miners wear various uniforms of different colors throughout the season. The miners sport an all blue ensemble with pink accents for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink highlighted the number, with UTEP in all pink on the front and pink on the sides of the jersey and shorts. The uniforms are very different from the 1980s, as today’s uniforms have much smaller sleeves.

Volleyball jerseys have remained almost the same over the years, only changing a few things in the uniforms since then. In 2010, miners sported a short-sleeved shirt with just the number on the front with UTEP on the back above the number and the surname below the number. In 2016, long sleeve jerseys are seen making an appearance with the number on the front and sections of blue, orange and white along the sleeve of the uniforms.

Currently, the UTEP volleyball team wears long-sleeved uniforms all season in various colors including white, pink, orange, and blue. The white and orange uniforms were the exact same concept, only the sleeves of each being different; orange uniforms have half orange, half white with a blue line down the middle, and white uniforms have half white, half blue with an orange line down the middle.

Although many of the minor uniforms have changed, we still see the throwback jerseys from time to time as UTEP athletes honor their heritage.

Katrina Villarreal is a journalist and can be contacted at [email protected]

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