I think Bob Stull may be trying to hire Sean Kugler as UTEP's next football coach. It's just a hunch. It's not a prediction.
Yes, Kugler is making more money as the offensive line coach with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers than UTEP can probably afford. Outgoing Coach Mike Price was only making in the $300.000s and was one of the lowest paid head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision (big schools). So, yes, the phrase many are using in this coach search fits Kugler, too: "UTEP can't afford him."
Kugler played for Stull and was a member of UTEP's 1988 Independence Bowl team in 1988. I'm thinking Stull knows Kugler will fit in well with El Pasoans. He was popular as a player. And now he's seasoned as a coach.
Stull could convince Kugler — tempt Kugler — by offering what so many in competitive sports cannot pass up. "Psst, Sean, you'll have the opportunity to be a major-college head coach. And you could be the one who finally turns this UTEP football around."
Yes, a good old rah-rah talk might convince Kugler to leave the NFL for Utepia.