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                 === UTEP coach Price announces retirement ===
 
 El  Paso, TX (Sports Network) - UTEP coach Mike Price announced Monday that he
 will retire at the conclusion of this season.
 
 Saturday's  regular-season  finale against Rice will  be his final game on the
 sidelines.
 
 Price  has the second-most wins in UTEP history with 48 and is also the sixth-
 winningest active coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 177 victories.
 
 "We  can't  thank Mike enough for  all he has  given our university and the El
 Paso  community over  the last nine years," UTEP president Dr. Diana Natalicio
 said.  "Mike's  contributions,  however,  extend  far  beyond  increasing  the
 national  awareness  and level of  competitiveness in our football program. He
 has been a tremendous ambassador for UTEP and won over the entire city through
 his  kind-heartedness, sincerity  and sense of humor. We wish Mike the best as
 he begins a new chapter of his life."
 
 Price  has  177-182  record over  31  seasons  as  a  coach with  Weber  State
 (1981-88), Washington State (1989-2002) and Utep (2004-present).
 
 He  has directed eight different teams to bowl games, including three with the
 Miners, and was named the 1997 National Coach of the Year.
 
 
 11/20 01:02:20 ET

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