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UTEP Hires Kansas State OC Dana Dimel As Head Coach

Kansas State fans cheer on their team.

MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 16: Kansas State Wildcats fans cheer their team as they take a lead on an interception against the Oklahoma Sooners in the third quarter on October 16, 2004 at KSU Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. The Sooners won 31-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

UTEP has its next head coach. The Miners announced that they have hired Kansas offensive coordinator Dana Dimel.

UTEP was among the first jobs to open this season.

Sean Kugler resigned in early October after the Miners' loss to Army. He was 18-36 overall, and 11-22 in Conference USA play with the Miners. Mike Price, who had led the Miners from 2005-2012, stepped in after Kugler's resignation, but the team finished 0-12 on the year.

Now, Kansas State offensive coordinator Dana Dimel has been tasked with leading one of FBS football's worst teams out of the basement.

The 55-year old Dimel has previous head coaching experience. From 1997-99, he led Wyoming to a 22-13 record, parlaying it into the job at Houston. He was just 8-26 in three years with the Cougars. He went on to coach tight ends and running backs at Arizona, and those same positions and offensive coordinator duties at K-State.

Dimel will make his debut with the Miners at home against Northern Arizona on September 1. UTEP has a high-profile road game at Tennessee scheduled for September 15.