BREAKING: UTEP head coach Sean Kugler resigns

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Sean Kugler has resigned as the head coach of the UTEP Miners, university officials announced Sunday. The Miners had started 0-5 this season.

Kugler compiled an 18-36 record in five seasons as head coach, including an appearance in the 2014 New Mexico Bowl.

The Miners were near the bottom in all of FBS in most offensive categories and had been outscored 226-72 this season. UTEP fell 35-21 to Army on Saturday, which was the closest game that the Miners have played all season.

After meeting with coach [Bob] Stull and discussing my future and the future of this program, we mutually agreed the best thing is for me to step down as the head coach,” Kugler said in a release. “My love for UTEP is in my heart forever, and my love for all the players that I have coached here is even stronger. We have accomplished many things together—a bowl appearance in 2014, a perfect APR score, the highest GPA in team history and countless players getting their degrees. I am so proud of my players and their behavior off the field representing El Paso as great ambassadors in community service.”

“I would like to thank coach Stull and Dr. [Diana] Natalicio for this great opportunity. I would like to thank the Miner fans who I love for all your support throughout my career as a player, assistant and head coach. I am proud to be a Miner for life.”

UTEP athletic director Bob Stull, who announced he was retiring before the first game of this season, also released a statement on Sunday:

“We really appreciate the dedication and hard work that coach Kugler has brought to this program, and we are proud of the accomplishments during his tenure as head coach,” Stull said. “After a long discussion, we have agreed that it is best for him and the program that he step down. Sean will always be a Miner and we wish him the best in his coaching future.”

Per the school, immediate plans for the program’s future will be announced at the regularly scheduled luncheon and press conference on Monday.

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