The UTEP football program was scrambling to fill its head coaching vacancy after Sean Kugler stepped down.
On Monday night, the Miners turned to a familiar face to fill the void. Mike Price will be doing his second tour of duty with UTEP, taking over head coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the 2017 season.
The university announced that Price would be joining the program on their own website.
Price brings an impressive coaching resume and familiarity with the program. He served as head coach at UTEP from 2004-2012, taking them to three bowl games in that span of time.
He compiled an impressive career with Washington State as well, winning three bowl games and leading them to multiple 10-win seasons. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1997 after leading the Cougars to the Rose Bowl.
Price said he is not interested in returning to the head coaching position full time, and is only serving in the interim capacity to help the program while they look for a longterm solution.
“I am not interviewing for the future job, and I’m not going to be the future head coach. I’m going to manage the program and provide leadership for the rest of the year.”
Price had his first meeting with the team on Tuesday, and will hold his first practice on Wednesday. The Miners are off to an 0-5 start and face Western Kentucky on Saturday.
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