News Flash: UNLV focuses search

Tom Dienhart
Yahoo! Sports

The UNLV coaching search may be honing in on some key candidates.

The top targets look to be Cal offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, Notre Dame assistant head coach offense/recruiting coordinator/receivers Rob Ianello, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker and Navy special teams coordinator/inside linebackers coach Steve Johns. Also, Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson has expressed interest in the post.

Vote of confidence for Price

UTEP athletic director Bob Stull has said that Mike Price will return next year as head coach regardless of how the season concludes for the Miners.

Price is in his sixth season in El Paso with a 33-37 record. He led the Miners to 8-4 records and bowls his first two seasons, but UTEP hasn't had a winning season since. UTEP is 3-7 overall and 2-4 in C-USA this season. The Miners next play at Rice and finish the year at home against Marshall on Nov. 28.

Dungy to mentor Locksley

New Mexico coach Mike Locksley will be mentored by former NFL coach Tony Dungy.

According to published reports, Dungy already has spoken with Locksley via phone and is slated to meet with him in Albuquerque after the season. New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs said Dungy won't be paid by New Mexico.

Earlier this season, Locksley was involved in a physical confrontation with assistant coach J.B. Gerald that resulted in Locksley being suspended and ordered to attend conflict management counseling. Gerald is no longer with the program.

Locksley is in his first season at New Mexico. The Lobos are 0-10 and have games remaining against Colorado State and TCU.

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