Texas-El Paso coach Mike Price is retiring after a 31-year career notable for two Rose Bowl bids at Washington State and a drinking binge that cost him the Alabama job before he coached a game for the Crimson Tide.
EL PASO, Texas — Texas-El Paso coach Mike Price is retiring after a 31-year career notable for two Rose Bowl bids at Washington State and a drinking binge that cost him the Alabama job before he coached a game for the Crimson Tide.
Price, 66, announced the decision Monday with one game left in his ninth season with the Miners (3-8). He led UTEP to 8-4 records and bowl games his first two years in El Paso but hasn’t had a winning record since.
Price has a 177-182 career record entering his final game Saturday at home against Rice.
“I’m retiring from the game I’ve loved my entire life,” Price said at a campus news conference.
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Price’s son, Aaron, is UTEP’s offensive coordinator, but the elder Price said he was endorsing defensive coordinator Andre Patterson as the next head coach.
“I wish I could coach here forever,” Price said. “But that doesn’t happen. That’s the reality of life.”
Price, a former standout quarterback at Everett High School, coached Washington State from 1989 through the 2002 season and had an 83-78 record. The Cougars were 20-5 over his last two seasons in Pullman.
WSU went to the Rose Bowl after the 1997 and 2002 seasons, losing each time.
Price was selected to replace Dennis Franchione at Alabama after the 2002 season. He was set for a seven-year, $10 million contract when he admitted he drank heavily and went to a strip club after attending a spring golf tournament in Florida in 2003.
Price sued the school for $20 million over his firing, but a judge threw out the lawsuit, noting Price never signed the contract.
Price also sued Sports Illustrated over a report that alleged he had sex with two women in his hotel room. That lawsuit was settled.
MINNEAPOLIS — Coach John Gagliardi put sleepy Collegeville, Minn., on the national football map.
After 60 years at Division III St. John’s, four national titles and more victories than any coach in NCAA history, Gagliardi is calling it a career at age 86.
The low-key Gagliardi retires with a record of 489-138-11; he surpassed Grambling’s Eddie Robinson for the career coaching victories record in 2003.
The Johnnies went 11-9 over the last two seasons.
“Nobody ever said that getting older was easy,” Gagliardi said. “I just can’t do the job at the level I used to anymore.”
Miami bans itself
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Calling the move prudent and unprecedented, Miami is self-imposing a second consecutive postseason ban on its program because of an NCAA investigation that is expected to eventually lead to stiff sanctions against the Hurricanes.
The decision, announced to players — who described the mood as disappointing and shocking — early Monday, ends Miami’s hopes of winning the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division, securing a berth in the ACC championship game and any chance to play in the Orange Bowl.
Miami coach Al Golden revealed he is preparing to lose some scholarships in the future.
By skipping another bowl season, Miami is hoping to minimize the impact of any looming sanctions that could be handed down when the NCAA investigation ends.