UTEP coach Kugler resigns after 0-5 start

Oct 2, 2017 - 1:08 AM UTEP football coach Sean Kugler, whose team is off to a 0-5 start, announced his resignation Sunday in his fifth season after his hiring in 2013.

Kugler's resignation is the first coaching change involving FBS schools this season.

"After meeting with (athletic director 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 statement released by UTEP. "My love for UTEP is in my heart forever, and my love for all the players that I have coached here is even stronger."

A successor has not been named. The school indicated an announcement will be made Monday.

Kugler, 51, was 18-36 as UTEP's coach. He was 9-20 since 2014, when he coached the Miners to a 7-6 record and a New Mexico Bowl appearance.

"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," Kugler said. "I am so proud of my players and their behavior off the field representing El Paso as great ambassadors in community service."

Among Kugler's coaching stops were NFL stints with the Detroit Lions (2001-05), Buffalo Bills (2007-09) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-12).

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