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UTEP Preview: Q&A with Miner Rush

In lieu of a podcast appearance with Alex Nicolas of the SBNation UTEP blog Miner Rush, we exchanged questions. Here is MGN over there.

1. Where does UTEP stand in the AD/Coaching search?

There were reports earlier this week that UTEP is down to three candidates, and the AD announcement should come later in November.

The report says Lisa Campos, Chris Park, and Citadel AD Jim Senter are the final three, and I’ve heard the same through sources. Once the AD is chosen, first duty would be to hire a football coach so the real football candidates and rumor mill rumblings will start surfacing once UTEP has an AD in place.

2. Mike Price was not a popular interim choice and there were concerns. He said recently that he is going to get a bit more involved – -what does that mean and has the Price hire been a success?

Honestly, not sure what that means since UTEP has been a big pile of (insert proper poop reference). To me he needs to take a hold of the offense and quarterbacks, and maybe even play calling since UTEP has regressed to new levels of suck since Brian Natkin took over the play calling duties.

Not sure how to measure Price’s success as the interim either, honestly I don’t know how to act with a 0-9 team. UTEP hasn’t won a game under Price, but there are competing hard and together until the offense totally implodes, so he’s certainly failing and fans can’t wait for this season to be over with.

3. How did UTEP nearly beat WKU and also get completely owned by MTSU? Also what killed that UTSA comeback?

UTEP was able to keep WKU’s run game in check, but inept offense caused L’s against WKU, MTSU and UTSA. Lots of people will blame UTEP’s kicker for the WKU loss, but again, UTEP’s offense just can’t get going at all.

The Miner D has actually been respectable since that WKU game, but UTEP’s inability to sustain drives, and put up points kills whatever momentum, and close game the UTEP defense creates early on in games.

4. NT had a bad season in 2015 and that was capped by the embarrassing Portland State loss. Is going winless — a real possibility — worse than getting destroyed by an FCS team? Also, how concerned are you about the winless possibility?

Yeah going winless is worse, because that year ya’ll beat UTSA, a rival, and if UTEP beat just NMSU this year, it would be a little easier to chew even though UTEP is certainly the worst FBS program in the land.

It’s going happen (going winless). North Texas will be tough, LA Tech is struggling but will beat the Miners, and UAB is also good. UTEP just doesn’t have the offense to compete or erase the goose egg and I was sort of prepared for a bad season back in August. Thank god for basketball season.

5. Prediction

Hopefully UTEP catches North Texas sleeping early, and makes this interesting for a half or so, but again, UTEP’s offense no-shows for the 10th straight game.
North Texas 45 UTEP 14

Miner Rush does a good job (can’t always be said for college football blogs). Alex keeps a good eye on CUSA as well.

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