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Steelers O-line coach heading to UTEP

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Despite the efforts of Eagles coach Andy Reid to promote his former offensive line coach Juan Castillo for the head coaching job at the University of Texas-El Paso, the current offensive line coach for the other NFL team in Pennsylvania has reportedly gotten the job.

Sean Kugler, a four-year UTEP letterman who has been coaching the Steelers’ offensive line for three seasons, will be named the next coach of the Miners, according to the El Paso Times.

It’s unclear whether Kugler will take the job now or finish the season with the Steelers.

For now, UTEP athletic director Bob Stull has opted to be coy.  “Who is it today?” Stull said Saturday.  “Yesterday it was [former Colorado coach Dan] Hawkins.  Today, it’s somebody else.  I’ll have to wait to tomorrow to find out.”

Kugler previously served as the Bills’ offensive line coach, and as offensive line/tight ends coach with the Lions.  He spent 2006 at Boise State as assistant head coach/offensive line for the team that finished the season undefeated, winning the Fiesta Bowl in thrilling fashion over Oklahoma.

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11 Responses to “Steelers O-line coach heading to UTEP”
  1. rickyspanish says: Dec 9, 2012 6:10 AM

    I never knew what UTEP stood for until this morning. You learn something new everyday I suppose.

  2. mj1818 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:11 AM

    As soon as the offensive line has a good year he takes off. That’s unfortunate

  3. erfoster says: Dec 9, 2012 7:32 AM

    big loss for the steelers.

  4. steelersownyou says: Dec 9, 2012 7:40 AM

    He has done analyzing job here. He will be missed. So weird that he would make more money coaching utep. Then bein line coach of the greatest franchise in all of sports!!!

  5. uramoron says: Dec 9, 2012 7:45 AM

    A) Why would ANYONE listen to Andy Reid regarding coaching quality

    and

    B) See “A” in regards to Juan Castillo!

  6. football025 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:58 AM

    Congrats coach kugler well deserved

  7. dadindebt6 says: Dec 9, 2012 8:38 AM

    I hope he is finishing out the year at the Steelers. With all the shifting of players on the offensive line, trying to add a new coach to the mix could be disastrous.

  8. erniecohen says: Dec 9, 2012 9:14 AM

    This is just awful news for PIT.

  9. csilojohnson says: Dec 9, 2012 10:01 AM

    Noooo we need you Kugler! Wish him the best. Great coach

  10. ravenator says: Dec 10, 2012 5:28 PM

    Hahah, what a pathetic oline Pitt has and this guy gets a job coaching. Gotta love the US of A

  11. steeldominance says: Dec 10, 2012 9:56 PM

    We lose a line coach to a head coaching position and the ravens fire their OC. Sounds like the RatTurds are desperate and we are only getting better. StairwayTo7. Ravens, one and done. Flacco, thank the Cards…otherwsie you are the worst starting QB in the league.

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