While Mike Price is liking what he sees in pre-season practices, as did Gary Nord, Charlie Bailey, David Lee ... it's what coaches do in August ...
Things are not so good.
Senior UTEP wide receiver Evan Davis, who had 19 catches last year, was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of assault/family violence.
Non-starter quarterbacks are leaving the program one after the other, it seems.
Several guys supposed to be on the team didn't make grades.
Other recruits are still in junior college, however that works.
Success this season, as far as wins, is already iffy. The early two-deep roster shows 10 seniors starting on offense, but virtually no crystal ball prognosticators are picking UTEP to beat a lot of people, even in Conference USA.
UTEP has some coming-together to do. It's a good thing there are no indications senior QB Trevor Vittatoe still has arm problems. It's a good thing running back Donald Buckram is being held back in contact drills so he's fresh for the season. And Vittatoe has other receivers besides Davis.
But the defense?
UTEP starts the season with a slippery bandwagon, all right.