UTEP football hasn't been this low since the last season of Coach Gary Nord, almost a decade ago. Visions of the gawd-awful 1980s and 1990s when there was no program in NCAA Division I as bad as UTEP.
It would prove out that Nord left successor Mike Price a good team. Price took those leftovers, a pretty good batch of talent, to two bowl games in a row.
It doesn't like that there is nearly that good a batch for 2013.
The only difference now is that UTEP is not losing by a lot of points. Saturday it wasa 17-0loss to a SMU team that came in with a 1-3 record and isn't going to win many more games. UTEP gave up no points in the second half, but had no oomph on offense all night.
UTEP got no points all night, and is 1-5. This season is lost. Math be darned. UTEP is not going to win its next six in a row to finish 7-5. Next up is a Thursday road game at a good Tulsa team.
What will UTEP President Diana Natalico and Athletic Director Bob Stull do?
I don't think this awful of a start was anticipated.
As I said in my past blog, the university needs athletic money to sustain its program. The money is not coming. The drought goes back several seasons. No money means doom. For many years now UTEP has tried to save off doom by changing coaches.
It's the only way the Miners (and by the way New Mexico State) has been able to save its football program since the money game began way back in the late 1960s.
Price will announce he's retiring at the end of this season.