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UTEP vs. SMU: Mike Price on hotseat in El Paso

It's looking more and more likely that UTEP Miners head coach Mike Price won't be back with the team after this season.

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Following their 28-18 loss to East Carolina, the UTEP Miners are sitting at 1-4, leaving many speculating that this could be the final season for head coach Mike Price.

Price is in the final year of his contract and with the team unable to tickets on a consistent basis (the Miners couldn't even sell out their opener against No. 4 Oklahoma) there isn't much incentive for UTEP to keep him around.

A small school like UTEP relies considerably on ticket sales so if facing a school of Oklahoma's caliber couldn't entice fans, it's hard to believe there's much ahead on the schedule that will get meat in the seats.

UTEP's final four home games are hardly of the marquee variety with the team going against Southern Methodist, Tulane, UCF and Rice. Unless fans begin to show up simply to rally for Price, which seems highly unlikely, it's looking like his destiny might already be set in stone.

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