From the press release:
"Former UTEP consensus All-American, Brian Natkin, has been named as the offensive line coach, head coach Mike Price announced on Tuesday. Natkin replaces co-offensive coordinator Bob Connelly, who recently departed to Arizona State. "
1. Given that Mike Price seems likely to retire after the season, and given that a new coach will probably come from outside the program and bring a mostly new staff with him, hiring one of the program's all-time greats who has been successful at the Division II level is a logical and nice move. He will be the second alum on the full-time staff, along with Robert Rodriguez, and if an all-returnee offensive line has a good year, Natkin would seem a strong candidate for a job on a new staff.
2. Bob Connelly didn't leave UTEP out of fears of being on a lame-duck staff. He left because joining the staff of a Pac-12 team is a clear step up.
3. Eric Price is still looking for a job. Could there be another change to come on the UTEP staff that would make room for him?