Former UTEP coach Mike Price named to interim position five years after exit

UTEP's Sean Kugler became the first FBS coach to lose his job during the 2017 season when he stepped down on Sunday, but it didn't take long for the Miners to find his temporary replacement. 

Mike Price, who served as the coach of the program from 2004-12, is back on an interim basis, the school announced Monday night.

"I've asked Mike if he could help us in this situation," athletic director Bob Stull said in a statement. "He has thankfully agreed.  We've lost two coaches, and while we have two fine coordinators who are capable of doing the job, I just felt like it was important to bring in somebody with head coaching experience that is familiar with El Paso and our program."

Price was 48-61 during his previous stint in El Paso, Texas, and led the program to three bowl games.

"I was surprised and flattered by Bob's call and appreciate the opportunity to help this program one more time," Price said in the release. "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 achieved national notoriety by winning two Pac-10 championships (1997, 2002) while Washington State's coach, and he won Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors in 1997 and 2001. That success landed him the job at Alabama prior to the 2003 season as Dennis Franchione's replacement. But his stint in Tuscaloosa ended before he ever signed a contract or coached a game as his contract was rescinded by the school after reports surfaced of a now-infamous meeting with a stripper while attending a golf tournament in Pensacola, Florida.

Price is 177-183 as a head man at Weber State, Washington State and UTEP. His first game during his second stint in El Paso for the 0-5 Miners will be Saturday night at home against Western Kentucky.

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Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, while also hosting on ESPNU on SiriusXM Radio channel 84, the... Full Bio

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