UTEP Football: UTEP appears to go the safe route with hire

Not going to lie.

When the email made my phone vibrate and jingle, I had to google Dana Dimel. And it also took me awhile to dissect a Dana Dimel hiring at UTEP, and let’s hope my opinion changes with W’s Dimel brings in.

First article that popped up when I googled “Kansas State’s offense” an article called a Closer Look at Kansas State’s boring offense popped up.

Not ideal for what Jim Senter promised in his in opening press conference.

“I think we're going to find somebody that has demonstrated the ability to move the football and score points.” Senter said. “You only have to score one more point than your opponent nowadays, and everybody tends to miss that fact, but at the end of the day we've got to find somebody that can score points. This is a high-scoring league and you've got to score enough points to beat your opponent and you've got to play good enough defense to hold them. So we'll find somebody that can do that.”

That rubbed me the wrong way at first glance at the Dimel profile. Yes UTEP hired a P5 coordinator who has extensive experience, but the Kansas State Co-offensive coordinator. They run the ball, run the ball, and run the ball.

UTEP fans sat through five seasons of that ineptitude, so sorry if we’re not thrilled.

Look, UTEP was never in play for Kevin Sumlin or any other sexy names. But the truth is, UTEP missed the boat on hiring an innovative offensive hire like a Kendal Briles, Sterlin Gilbert, or even a Graham Harrell.

Steve Kaplowitz reported on 600 ESPN El Paso that a source told him UTEP passed on Gilbert for Dimel for what it’s worth. In my opinion, a young coordinator who is hungry and can recruit was the way to go, not a failed former FBS head coach from an average P5 program.

UTEP has the current personnel on the roster to fit what Dimel might run…..and UTEP missed the boat on creating excitement with a proven innovate offensive mind.

But there is one thing Dimel can bring right away….

Dimel seems like an above average recruiter, and he could do some of his best recruiting damage at UTEP in the JUCO ranks.

Some of his top commits according to 247Sports have a theme. Top JUCO players who were actually nationally rated, and high school areas of Texas UTEP never was able to recruit or even sniff under Sean Kugler.

It’s not a sexy hire, but I feel Dimel could change UTEP’s recruiting culture, but there was one thing UTEP missed on this hire: complete change.

This smells like a Stull hire. A retread who has a winless season on his resume under his belt, and brings more questions than immediate excitement for a fan base wanting real FBS moves and excitement.

This is a new era of college football, and UTEP continues to badly whiff on creating excitement with their coaching staff moves.

Now I could be wrong and just a pissed off fan who runs a blog and talking shit. Dimel could bring in a heavy JUCO mix of impact players and UTEP wins 7 or 8 games in the next three seasons. Dimel could change it up and go the air raid route and we have yards and points to blog about.

But as of right now, just an hour or so after the announcement UTEP continues to do what they do at the top of the administration chain in making safe hires that save money.

Dimel deserves a chance, and deserves support from UTEP fans, but I’m personally not on board with this hire.

I hope it works out.

UTEP can’t go any lower than where they are right now, and time will tell if Dimel is the guy to revive one of the nation’s long standing bottom feeders into a C-USA contender, all UTEP fans want is to compete.


Like any other coach that comes to UTEP, I'll just wait and see.

Here’s hoping he surprises immediately and gets things going.

The story you link to...

is an Oklahoma State site. If a boring offense puts 45 on the board like it did Nov. 18 vs. Oklahoma State, then sign me up. Besides, find me a fanbase that doesn’t whine about the O-Coord/play calling. KSU runs more read option and not so much a power running game that Kugs preferred. He stank at Houston, granted. But he had three winning seasons in Laramie.

I’m onboard with the hire and I’ll look forward to moving the ball again, but questions I still have:
What is Dimel’s salary going to be?
What will the salary for his assistants be? (Are we doing this on the cheap?)
Who else did we consider for the job?
Who else actually wanted to come here?

He had 3 seasons in Houston, and his 3rd year was a huge improvement over the previous year when they went 0-11.

Let’s see what he can do before writing him off. It’s not easy to win at UTEP, he has connections and experience which the splash hires might not have.

Connections? This isn’t the mafia. What connections could he possibly have that would translate into wins. What he knows where we can get a good price on the new field turf cleats. College football programs today are about developing a culture that brings in recruits and gets them excited.

All Dimel does is run, run, run??? Yeah, I think y'all need to do a bit more homework on the K-State offense.

Colin Klein in 2 years, 307 completions in 604 attempts, 4,724 yards, 30 TDs, 15 INTs (yes, while running for another 56 TDs)
Jake Waters in 2 years, 421-657, 5,970 yds, 40 TDs, 16 INTs (while running for another 15)
Jesse Ertz in 1.5 years, 207-364, 2,685 yds, 16 TDs, 7 INTs (while running for another 15)

And if you were looking for a "spread offense", Bill Connelly compiles stats that show K-State usually ranking near the top of spread offenses by some metrics.

All this with Dimel as the OC. There’s lots of ways to score points in football.

I'll give him a chance

He has to work with what he has. What he has is geared towards running the ball. I suspect that the will drop the power game and go to the read option. He has qbs who can throw the ball as well as anyone at K State, but don’t have the size they had to run the ball. Recruiting will be the key.

And regarding losing seasons at Wyoming – another school like UTEP that is extremely difficult to win at.

If Dimmel wins at UTEP, he will be gone within five years. It is a fact of life we have to accept.


2014 Kansas State: Spread defenses the most in the nation- landing them at a respectable 47th ranking in offense. Right next to #116 total offense syracuse!

The next 3 years? All top 10 offenses based on solo tackle %. Offensive rankings? 104, 75, 92.

If the offense was schemed so well, why does a team with recruiting classes like 49, 54, 72 not get results on par with those athletes? Cherry picked stats can’t cover what happened here: UTEP decided it still doesn’t want to pay even the AVERAGE cusa salary and they chose the OC that would work for that kind of scrap.

It’s amazing how inept the people at UTEP are in understanding modern day college football. I’m certain Dimel is a good man with a ton of football knowledge, but the hire solidifies that UTEP is nothing but a football program content on fielding a team and not losing to much money. To be even more specific this is a garbage hire for what has become as garbage program and it starts at the top. I never understood the Kruegler hire because of his background in coaching. A offensive line coach who never wavered from being a line coach in all his travels. What exactly was he going to bring to UTEP? Well, you got it. A team who ran a pro style offense who could not push anybody off the ball on either end of the field. The first objective in running a pro style offense is to be able to push people off the ball.

It was my hope UTEP could bring in a coach who would be able to tap into the Texas high school culture; someone who understands the spread offense, who has worked with the summer throwing camps. Get the fan base excited. That’s why you heard of Kendal Briles, Sterln Gilbert, Graham Herral, even Sonny Dykes. But to bring in a Bill Snyder assistant, really blows my mind. Believe me, the program is not going to get any better. UTEP deserves the garbage it places on it self. At some point they have to ask themselves if they are better off dropping down to FCS and competing for wins against Albeline Christian and Mary Hardin Baylor.

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