Sean Kugler left his post as head coach of UTEP after the team started the season off as woefully as humanly possible. To replace him, Mike Price — yes, that one — is returning to the university to fill the void.
“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.”
“I was surprised and flattered by Bob’s call and appreciate the opportunity to help this program one more time,” a statement from Price began. “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.”
Mike Price is a familiar name for the university, obviously. He was the head coach at UTEP from 2004-12.
After a nine-year run with the Miners saw him earn an overall record of 48-61, Price announced in November of 2012 that he would be retiring at season’s end.
Those numbers might not seem impressive, but Price is a relative legend to the sport.
Prior to UTEP, Price was the head coach at Washington State from 1989-2002. Price went to two Rose Bowls during his 14-year stint with the Cougars.
Unfortunately for him, he’s likely most known for his very brief tenure at Alabama. Upon arriving to the program in December of 2002, it was only a few months later he found himself in trouble, as he was fired in May following an infamous strip club imbroglio and never coached a single down for the Tide.
Since retiring from UTEP in 2012, the 71-year-old Price has been out of the coaching profession in any official capacity.