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Has Mike Price Coached His Last Game at UTEP?

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Mike Price would have loved to see his 2011 team go out winners, but Tulsa and Central Florida made sure it wasn't in the cards. (Photo by Steve Kaplowitz)

I’m sure all UTEP football have seen this ending too many times over the past eight years. A Miners team with a chance at ending their season on a high note and playing for their first bowl win since 1967. Instead, they disappoint even the most optimistic UTEP fans and end their season on a down note.

This was supposed to be a rebuilding season for head coach Mike Price and his Miners team. Instead, UTEP played well enough to have a 5-5 record with two games left to play. Their final opponents were no pushovers…Tulsa had been unbeaten in league play and Central Florida has been C-USA’s best team over the last five years. However, the Miners were outplayed so badly in both games, it is hard to believe that this team even resembled the group that were on the verge of their second straight postseason appearance a few weeks ago.

Now, the big question will be whether or not Mike Price returns to the UTEP sideline in 2012. He has always said he wanted to leave the UTEP program on a winning note. Price never won a bowl game, but he took the Miners to three of them in eight years at the school. Bob Stull, Gary Nord, and every other UTEP coach in the last 40 years were unable to accomplish that feat. In his radio postgame interview after losing to UCF, Price did mention that he wants to return to the Miners’ sidelines in 2012. Whther or not he gets his wish will be up to Athletic Director Stull and UTEP President Dr. Diana Natalicio.

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