April 5, 2007

Orange Fever spreads

Losing five out of the last six games the previous season did not sit well with Miner fans and left head football coach Mike Price scratching his head.

Last year's collapse led Price to move his coaching staff around to better suit the needs of the team, and create a vigorous training schedule that would ensure players do not tire at season's end. Below is an update on how the changes on staff, personnel and philosophies have given the team a new feel.

"I am pleased with the attitude (of the players)," Price said. "They are giving good effort and are really improved. We will be a team that gets better as the season progresses."

Breaking the habit

The Miners late season collapses have been common.

Dating back to the 2002 season UTEP has gone 9-21 in their last six games of the season. Losing attitudes are tough to break, but it was one of the many tasks Price had been given when he signed with UTEP in 2004. After three years fans can see the blueprint that was drawn, and know the program is ready to step up from mediocrity.

The Miners have washed away all the 2-11 memories, and Price has all of "his" recruits in camp for the first time. Expectations are and fans are catching "Orange Fever".

"I feel like I did three years ago - because there is a lot of work to be done," Price said. "The intensity is great, but we're a ways off. I am loving the (team's) attitude.

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