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Monday, December 1, 2003
UTEP was 2-12 this year 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 said.

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 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 the 1970s.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.