Miner fans, make sure to stay tuned to MinerRush and our twitter account @sbnminerrush for live updates from the Sean Kugler press conference. Follow the comment section here in this thread for quotes straight from the presser as well.
We have received official word from UTEP Athletics that the new football coach will be announced at a 1:00 p.m. press conference. Of course, pictures are already surfacing around the internet of Sean Kugler entering the Durham Center, and theEl Paso Times' Bret Bloomquist is reportingthat Kugler has already addressed the team.
Make sure to follow the MinerRush Twitter account, @sbnminerrush for live updates from the press conference. We will also have a full writeup and audio from the presser later in the day.
Rumor has it that Patrick Higgins could be hired as the Offensive Coordinator and or possibly the Wide Receivers coach for the Miners.
Patrick Higgins is currently the Interim Head Coach for the Purdue Boilermakers. Higgins serves as the Wide Receivers coach for the Boilermakers. He has worked along side former UTEP head coach Gary Nord and has taken over his offensive coordinator duties while Nord is out with a back injury.
Higgins is no stranger to the city of El Paso. He was the quarterbacks and receivers coach from 1998-1999 and took over as the offensive coordinator from 2000-2003. Higgins coached former UTEP Offensive Line coach Brian Natkin. Higgins also was on the coaching staff that went to the 2000 Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl. After his stint with UTEP, Higgins went on to coach BYU from 2005-2010 as the Receivers Coach and Special Teams Coordinator.
Purdue will play Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas bowl on January 1st.
Again no official confirmation has come form UTEP officials, but we do expect an announcement to come very soon. Stay tuned to Miner Rush for more news on this developing story.
Choate, who just completed his first year at Washington State, has also had stops at Eastern Illinois, Boise State, and Utah State. He has spent time coaching all three levels of the defense, but this will be his first gig as defensive coordinator.
Again, as stated in the previous posts, UTEP officials have yet to confirm anything at all. But, with more and more media outlets confirming through their sources, it does seem like Sean Kugler will be the next head coach of the UTEP Miners. Stay tuned for more updates, as the information becomes available.
While there is still no official confirmation from UTEP officials, more rumors have surfaced today that say Sean Kugler has indeed accepted the Miners head coaching job, but will finish out the current season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is, according to SteelersDepot.com.
Again, there has been no official word from university officials, but the story is beginning to gain more and more traction. We will continue to bring you any new info on the situation as it becomes available. Stay tuned.