UTEP Names Mike Price Interim Head Football Coach

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Kugler's resignation is the first coaching change involving FBS schools this season.

Former Washington State head coach Mike Price is back on the sidelines as he was named the interim head coach for UTEP.

Price will take over for Sean Kugler, who stepped down on Sunday. He took the Miners to three bowl games - one of only two coaches in the university's history to do so, according to university officials.

Kugler was 18-36 as UTEP's coach.


Price, 71, came to UTEP in 2004 following a controversial stop in Alabama. But he never got to coach a game for the Tide. He was let go after news reports of a night of partying at a strip club in Pensacola, Fla.

Alabama hired price from Washington State in December of 2002, and he coached the team during the 2003 spring practice. Price inherits an 0-5 Miners team that ranks 128th in yards-per-play, and 129th in defense.

"I've asked Mike if he could help us in this situation", UTEP athletics director Bob Stull said.

"We really appreciate the dedication and hard work that coach Kugler has brought to this program, and we are proud of the accomplishments during his tenure as head coach". "My love for UTEP is in my heart forever, and my love for all the players that I have coached here is even stronger". "I'm going to manage the program and provide leadership for the rest of the year", he said.

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