The Bobby Dobbs days

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"Former Tulsa head coach Bobby Dobbs came to Texas Western from the CFL's Calgary Stampeders.[28] In addition the head coaching stints in the CFL and Tulsa, Dobbs played fullback for an Army program under Earl Blaik that won consecutive national championships in 1944 and 1945.[29]

In his first season as the Miners head coach, Dobbs turned a 0–8–2 team into an 8–3 that defeated powerhouse North Texas 61-15 in the season opener and beat TCU 13-12 in the Sun Bowl.[30][31] In the season's second game, the Miners defeated New Mexico by a score of 35-14.[32] Dobb's team then defeated New Mexico State by a score of 21-6[33] and Colorado State by a score of 35-10.[33] The Miners then lost their next three to Wyoming,[33] Arizona State[33] and Arizona.[33] They broke their three-game skid by defeating Utah by a close 20-19.[34] They followed that with a 57-33 win over I-AA opponent Xavier.[35] The Miners finished off the 1965 season with a 38-21 win over I-AA West Texas A&M[35] and the 13-12 Sun Bowl win over TCU.[36]

In April 1966, Dobbs turned down an offer from his alma mater to succeed Paul Dietzel as Army head coach due to his wife, Joanne's illness that required her to stay in the warm climate in El Paso.[37][29] The Miners went 6–4 in 1966

Many of Dobbs' players went to the pro ranks including Fred Carr, Billy Stevens, Ron Jones, and Leon Harden to the Green Bay Packers to play for Vince Lombardi.[107][108][109][110][111] At one point, Dobbs ranked second to only Bear Bryant among college coaches in number of players going in the National Football League. In 1972, Bobby Dobbs said that if his 1–5 team didn't beat New Mexico, he would resign.[112] The team lost and Dobbs resigned.[112] Dobbs compiled a 41–35–2 record at UTEP in seven full seasons and a partial eighth.[113] Tommy Hudspeth was promoted form offensive coordinator to head coach for the 1973 following Dobbs' resignation.[112] In his first season, the Miners freefell to 0-11,[114] which led to Hudspeth's firing after just one full season as Miners head coach"
{Source: Wiki]

His wife's illness staved off disaster and destiny met providence.
 

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