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UTEP head coach Mike Price returning for 2012

Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 12:57 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

UTEP head coach Mike Price recently got a bump in the all-time wins list among active coaches with Dennis Erickson's firing earlier this week. But Price himself was in jeopardy of losing his position with the Miners, and informed the media on Tuesday he would soon meet with athletic director Bob Stull and school university president Dr. Diana Natalicio to discuss the future of the program. That future was sealed on Thursday, when the school officially announced Price's return for the 2012 season.

The Miners had a disappointing finish to 2011, losing four of their final five games and missing the postseason with a 5-7 record. Price is one of only two coaches to lead UTEP to three bowl games, but the Miners have not finished with a winning record since going 8-4 in both 2004 and 2005. Still, his 45 wins since arriving in El Paso will give him the opportunity to become the program's second-winningest coach when he returns for his ninth season.

Conference USA has been an all-offense league recently, so it bodes well for the Miners to return seven starters on offense in 2012. Price's tenure at UTEP has led to some of the best offensive numbers in school history, and the head coach believes he will have a team ready to compete next season. The offense was in flux at times this season, as Price bounced between junior college transfer Nick Lamaison and sophomore Carson Meger both getting significant snaps down the stretch of the season.

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Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:40 pm
 

UTEP head coach Mike Price returning for 2012

Excactly.  His detractors are likely to have never sat through those 1 and 2 win seasons with dismal teams (talent wise-not effort wise), and likely don't bother going to games now either. 

The teams he's put together are actually pretty decent.  CUSA as a conference has actually gotten quite a bit tougher during the past few years (Houston, SMU, UCF,+ others...have all improved markedly) making winning more difficult.  Obviously, there are still issues as in the end of year collapses that need to be addressed, but in general, the Miners of today would of put a hurtin' on the Mners of 10-15 years ago.IMO




Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:46 pm
 

UTEP head coach Mike Price returning for 2012

Mike Price is a dedicated coach and a decent, honest man.  Both are in short supply in college football.
His one slip was trusting the folks at Alabama and he got royally screwed for it.  Great to see that UTEP has
the brains to recognize the gem that they have.




Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:00 pm
 

UTEP head coach Mike Price returning for 2012

I'm a Longhorn fan but I live in El Paso, and my wife is an alum...so I cheer them on and wish them well every year.  Mike Price gave the UTEP Miners a lift when he got here, but the locals are getting tired of 5-7 seasons.  However, UTEP pays Price around $250k per year and aren't willing to pay much more....so for all those out there wanting Price to leave....who are you going to get at UTEP for that kind of money?  Price loves El Paso and is dedicated to the program and the city.  Sure they could hire so "up and coming" no name coach but the odds of reverting back to pre-Mike Price records of 2-10 is what you would get.

With Price, you get those 5-7, 6-6, or maybe even a 7-5 season.  Usually exciting games (a few cloberings by the other team sometimes) which is better than the dismal 2-10 I mentioned before he got here.  People complain he went to consecutive bowls with the previous coach's recruites...well the previous coach couldn't take them to a bowl but Price did.  Face it, UTEP is a very small fish in the state of Texas and in CUSA to boot.  Hard to get top notch talent....Mike is doing what he can with what he has IMO.


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