Price staying put, says he wants UTEP to improve

Updated: December 10, 2007, 3:44 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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