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Although jockeys slow their mounts to a gallop at the finish line, history’s still catching up with Albert Johnson, a Spokane County native once ranked with the nation’s best.
UTEP is bringing back former Miners coach Mike Price to be interim coach and replace Sean Kugler, who was fired after an 0-5 start. From 1989-2002, Price was coach at Washington State, where he had three 10-win seasons and the led the Cougars to the 1998 Rose Bowl.
A sampling of choice quotes from players and coaches involved in past Apple Cups.
The question caused Mike Zimmer to pause. “It was 30 years ago,’’ Zimmer said of his stint as the defensive coordinator at Washington State University. “Maybe it’s more than that even.’’
Former Washington State Coach Mike Price said he had come to hate the drive from Pullman to Spokane. But on Tuesday, he said it was a joy as he joined several other inductees into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame.
Former Washington State football coach Mike Price, who took the Cougars to two Rose Bowls, headlines a class of seven who will be honored this year by Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame.
When the old Pacific-10 Conference held its annual football media briefing and cocktail-a-thon in the summer of 1992, Mike Price wandered into the hospitality room, poured two glasses of wine, handed one to a Washington State beat reporter of that era and delivered the greatest conversation icebreaker in coach-and-writer history: “So,” he asked, “are they going to fire my ass?”
UTEP coach Mike Price is retiring after a 31-year career notable for two Rose Bowl bids at Washington State and a drinking binge that cost him the Alabama job before he ever coached a game for the Crimson Tide.
When Mike Price was the head football coach at Washington State University, he used to conduct an annual clinic on the one-back offense that served him and the Cougars so well. Among the many assistants who made their way to Pullman to pick Price’s brain during the late 1990s was Mike Leach, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Hal Mumme at Kentucky at the time and tutoring a sophomore quarterback named Tim Couch.
Back when Mike Price was the head football coach at Washington State University, he used to conduct an annual clinic on the one-back offense that served him and the Cougars so well.