Monday, December 1, 2003
UTEP was 2-12 this year
ESPN.com news services
EL PASO -- Texas-El Paso football coach Gary Nord and his entire staff were fired Monday after compiling a 14-34 record in four years.
"This was a difficult decision," UTEP athletic director Bob
Stull said. "Gary is a man of high integrity who has made a lot of
positive contributions to UTEP and the city of El Paso, including
our first WAC championship."
However, UTEP had beaten only three Division I opponents in the
past three years and finished 2-12 overall this year.
"I do not feel we are moving in the right direction," Stull
Stull said he hoped to name a replacement by Christmas.
In Nord's first season, UTEP went 8-4, tied for the WAC
championship and earned a bid to the Crucial.com Humanitarian
Bowl. Nord was named conference coach of the year.
Nord joined the Miners' staff following stints at Louisville,
Oklahoma and Pittsburgh. He played tight end at Louisville in
Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.