Sean Kugler Blames Himself for UTEP Football’s Five Game Losing Streak
As promising as the UTEP football season looked five weeks ago, things have taken a total nosedive since their season opening win over New Mexico State University. The Miners latest effort, a 35-21 loss to Florida International University last night at the Sun Bowl was their fifth straight loss of the season. The team is now 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in Conference USA. After the game, UTEP head football coach Sean Kugler took the blame for his team's declining play.
"Again, this has got to be fixed by myself and the staff and I assume full responsibility, I always will, and I’ll never give up on these kids and I hope they stick together and stick with each other and I hope they stick by me because I want a team of fighters and right now I acknowledge we’re not a good team, we’re 1-5," Kugler said. "We have half a season left and there's a lot still to play for and it's my responsibility to get the most out of the players and I got to evaluate myself because right now I’m not getting the most out of the players. That falls on me and I understand that."
UTEP fans lit up social media after the game. Many of them want to see changes while others say Kugler needs more time.
The UTEP football program is entering its bye week with their season quickly slipping away from them. They would need to win five of their final six games to finish with a 6-6 record. Their next opponent, UTSA just walloped Southern Miss 55-32 last night. The following week they host Old Dominion (4-2, 2-0 C-USA) at the Sun Bowl. They get a break with FCS Houston Baptist at home before road games against FAU (1-5, 0-2), Rice (0-5, 0-3), and their final game of the season against North Texas (3-3, 2-1). At this point, predicting the outcome of the Miners remaining six games is impossible. If Kugler can't turn thing around, he hinted after the game about his future.
"We’re 1-5, our record reflects what we are right now," Kugler said. "We had half a season to fix it starting here with the bye week and I’ve done this business long enough and I’m smart enough to understand the ramifications if I don’t get it fixed, so that’s on me."