=== 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
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.
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