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Voice of the UTEP Miners Jon Teicher Set for Sept. 15 NFF On-Campus Salute
UTEP and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Teicher, the 2017 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient, as the Miners host Arizona.
Published: 9/12/2017 2:00:00 PM

IRVING, Texas (Sept. 12, 2017) – UTEP and the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that Jon Teicher, the Voice of the Miners, will be honored with an NFF On-Campus Salute as the 2017 recipient of the NFF Chris Schenkel Award. The presentation will take place this Friday, Sept. 15, during the game between UTEP and Arizona in El Paso. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8:15 p.m. MT on ESPN.

In May, the NFF named Teicher the 2017 recipient of the Chris Schenkel Award, which has been presented annually since 1996 to individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university. The award is named in honor of its inaugural recipient Chris Schenkel, the longtime ABC Sports broadcaster who emceed the NFF Annual Awards Dinner for 28 consecutive years from 1968 to 1995.

“Jon Teicher has had an exceptional broadcasting career as the Voice of the Miners, spanning more than 36 years, and during that time, his voice has become synonymous with UTEP football and west Texas,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are pleased to honor him with the 2017 NFF Chris Schenkel Award and recognize him in front of the Miner faithful at the Sun Bowl.”

The NFF On-Campus Salutes are a special tradition, providing the NFF honorees a coveted opportunity to be recognized on the field during a home game. Many past honorees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them a special memory of hearing the crowd applaud their many accomplishments. In addition to his On-Campus Salute, Teicher will officially be honored during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown.

Teicher is in his 37th season as the “Voice of the Miners” in 2017, starting his career from the UTEP booth in 1981. A native of Detroit, Mich., and a UCLA graduate, Teicher also serves as UTEP’s Assistant Athletics Director for Broadcasting.

Teicher first arrived in El Paso to call play-by-play for the Diablos minor league baseball team from 1980-84 and again from 1988-92. His career also includes stints broadcasting professional baseball in Portland, Ore., and in Wichita, Kan.; a season as the voice of New Mexico State; five years as the host of the popular local afternoon show “Sportstalk;” and three years as a sports anchor for KDBC-4, the CBS affiliate in El Paso.

During each respective season, Teicher also hosts the Sean Kugler (UTEP football coach) and Tim Floyd (UTEP basketball coach) radio shows. In the spring and summer months, he plays a role with sales and promotions for the athletics department with IMG College. Teicher was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2001.

During his three-decade career calling games at the historic Sun Bowl, Teicher has covered some of UTEP’s greatest coaches and student-athletes. He called the university’s best season in 1988, which saw NFF National Scholar Athlete Pat Hegarty quarterback the Miners to a 10-3 record, a school-record for single-season wins. The 1988 team was coached by Bob Stull, UTEP’s longtime athletics director, and the season concluded with a trip to the Independence Bowl.

Teicher also called the 2000 season, which included a Western Athletic Conference title under coach Gary Nord and tight end Brian Natkin becoming the football program’s first-ever unanimous All-American. Teicher has been on the broadcast team for six bowl games, and he represents the first NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient from Conference USA.

At the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5 in New York City, Teicher will be honored alongside 2017 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient Dan Guerrero, the athletics director at UCLA. The event also provides the stage for the induction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class; the presentation of the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; and the bestowing of the 28th NFF William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments, to college football’s top scholar-athlete.

The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), Matt Leinart (Southern California), Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Bob McKay (Texas), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern), Mike Ruth (Boston College), Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) and coaches Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas), Larry Kehres (Mount Union [Ohio]) and Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina).

The 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, will be announced Nov. 1, and the winner of the Campbell Trophy® will be announced live at the Dec. 5 event. For information on the Dinner, please contact Will Rudd at wrudd@footballfoundation.com or by calling 972-556-1000.


About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
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