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Report: UTEP to hire DC today

Texas-El Paso is expected to name former UNLV defensive line coach Andre Patterson the new defensive coordinator today, according to the El Paso Times.

Patterson would replace Osia Lewis, who was fired last week.

Patterson was part of Mike Sanford’s staff that was fired after going 5-7 at UNLV this season.

Oddly, UNLV’s defense was actually worse than UTEP’s this season. The Rebels allowed 456.17 yards and 32.42 points per game. The Rebels held just two FBS teams under 23 points and allowed five teams more than 35 points.

The Miners return just three starters from this year's defense.