The last installment of season ticket videos. Teams represented: South Florida, Virginia Tech, Humboldt State, Michigan State, Illinois, San Diego State, Colorado State, Florida, Ball State, Purdue and Texas El Paso
If a sixth consecutive losing season wasn't enough to send Texas El Paso's Mike Price into retirement, perhaps a seventh will make the 66-year-old coach consider a life of leisure at his vacation home on the shore of Idaho's Lake Coeur d'Alene. Nothing will come easy for the Miners, who open at home against Oklahoma, then travel to Mississippi before playing host to New Mexico State. A trip to Wisconsin follows, meaning a 0-4 start is likely. For once, Price isn't complaining about a challenging schedule. "I love what I'm doing," he said. Nonetheless, this is the final year of his contract, so let the speculation begin.
Mike Price, entering his 30th season as a college head coach, faces one of his biggest challenges as he begins his eighth season at Texas El Paso. The Miners return only two starters on offense and will need a veteran defense (nine returning starters) to carry the team through the first half of the season.
The Wiz of Odds is conducting a comprehensive study of bowl game expense reports. All of the data collected — expense reports for 56 teams and bowl surveys for 40 teams — are being posted on the site. Here is the latest installment. For an overview of the project, click here.
The New Mexico Bowl, played in Albuquerque, is one of seven bowl games that is owned and operated by ESPN. The first game was played in 2006.
2010 participants: Texas El Paso and Brigham Young.
Texas El Paso expenses: The school filed expenses of $199,716 with the NCAA and provided an updated expense report (page 3 of pdf) to The Wiz of Odds totaling $355,812.49. The Miners listed $5,170 in other expenses, including gasoline, lanundry[sic] and field heaters. The school did not report any tickets absorbed to the NCAA. Download Texas El Paso Expenses
Survey: Athletic director Robert Stull gave the ticket commitment for participating teams a "neutral" rating.
When asked what areas needed improvement, Stull wrote: "Maybe check the electronics a little more closely. Microphone for singer was not working, but the fans sang instead which was actually great." Download Texas El Paso Survey
Brigham Young: The private school declined to offer its expense report or bowl survey to The Wiz of Odds.