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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