UTEP is a heavy underdog for the 2012 season opener Saturday against No. 4 Oklahoma, but the school's president, Diana Natalicio, is confident.
Confident enough, she said, to reassure one colleague and OU rival that the Sooners will have more trouble than they think in El Paso.
“I told the president of UT-Austin that we'd do our best to ensure that Oklahoma would be not as competitive after they left El Paso, because we will have shown them a surprise,” Natalicio said in a telephone interview, laughing.
“We're looking very much forward to welcoming the Sooners to the Sun Bowl.”
TONY JEFFERSON LIKES BEING OUT OF THE MEDIA
Tony Jefferson's Twitter account still hasn't returned. He shut it down at the end of July because he thought he needed to focus on football. However, he doesn't think tweeting stops him from anything.
Brennan Clay thought Jefferson would reactivate by the start of preseason camp. Jefferson said last week he'll probably turn it back on eventually, but right now he has other things to focus on.
“It's social media,” Jefferson said. “It never interfered with football or preparation for football. Wasn't like I was sitting in meetings and tweeting. There's a time and a place for everything and I know that. I don't think that affects football. You just have to keep your eye on playing football.