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January 10, 2013EL PASO, Texas - UTEP Head Coach Sean Kugler has selected Cornell Jackson as the Miners' running backs coach and former NFL quarterback and collegiate head coach Todd Whitten has joined Sean Kugler's UTEP staff as the wide receivers coach
"Coach Jackson has vast experience," Kugler said. "He worked at Baylor, New Mexico, Arizona State, Washington and Purdue. He has unbelievable background. He actually coached on the staff where my son plays. The feedback I have gotten from everybody, including my son, is that he's a fair coach, he gets the best out of his players and they all respect him. I am excited to get somebody of his caliber on our staff."
"Coach Whitten has been a successful head coach at the Division I-AA and Division II levels," Kugler said. "He has also been a coordinator at the Division I level. He brings a lot of experience. He has a great background recruiting in Texas. He's going to recruit West Texas and North Texas for us. I think he'll have a great relationship with those coaches, having dealt with them for an extended period of time. He is an extremely intelligent coach with a lot of experience. He and Spencer Leftwich were college teammates, and the chemistry that they'll bring is awesome."
Jackson spent the last four seasons in the same capacity at Purdue, helped the Boilermakers land bowl bids during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, participating in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and the Heart of Dallas Bowl respectively.
Whitten was the head coach at Tarleton State (1996, 2000-04) and Sam Houston State (2005-09), compiling a 70-51 record. Most recently he served as the offensive coordinator at Lamar for two years (2010-11) and spent the 2012 season as the head coach at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas.