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Miner fans hoping for revamped football team next year

UTEP had its last home game of the season Saturday afternoon.

The team lost to LA Tech, making its record 0-11.

Fans weighed in on the idea of a new athletic director and the future of the team.

Despite the beautiful weather, attendance was a little more than 16,000.

Some fans told ABC-7 they are ready to see a revamped UTEP football team.

“I feel we should have had a better turnout, being that it’s senior day,” said Miner fan Chuck Garcia.

The Miners have caught a lot of grief for their 0-11 record.

The team has dealt with some setbacks.

Coach Sean Kugler stepped down in October and former UTEP head coach Mike Price stepped in temporarily.

The team also lost four players to injuries.

One of those players, quarterback Ryan Metz, has played on and off for the remaining games.

UTEP athletic director Bob Stull also announced earlier this year he will be retiring.

“I honestly think we can get someone from outside El Paso and get a replacement. It would be good for the program,” said Garcia.

Many fans, even the young ones, say they are ready for new UTEP football team with a new coach and a fresh start.

“My dream is to at least see the UTEP Miners excel and if we become better I would like to see the Clemson Tigers come here, West Point and all those good teams,” said Miner fan Samuel Ackmyer.

UTEP is currently looking at two candidates for athletic director: Chris Park, a senior associate athletic director at UTEP and Jim Senter from the Citadal Army College.

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