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Price staying put, says he wants UTEP to improve

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Former Washington State coach Mike Price
has taken himself out of consideration to return to Pullman.

The Cougars are looking for a replacement for Bill Doba, who
stepped down last month.

Price told the El Paso Times newspaper that he plans to stay and
work to make his Texas-El Paso team better. He says he is flattered
that some Cougars fans and former players want him to return to
WSU, where he coached teams to five bowls, including two Rose
Bowls.

The Spokesman-Review reported Washington State officials have interviewed at
least three candidates: Eastern Washington coach Paul Wulff,
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Kevin Sumlin and former Idaho
coach and Washington State assistant John L. Smith.

Washington State athletic director Jim Sterk said he hopes to hire a new
coach by Christmas.