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Texas Tech Hires Matt Wells As New Head Coach

The Red Raiders have found their next head coach, and it’s Utah State’s Matt Wells.



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It didn’t take Texas Tech long to find their next head coach. The school officially announced on Thursday that Matt Wells will take over the program.

“Quickly in the interview process, it became clear Matt Wells and his leadership style were a perfect fit to lead our football program,” Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. “We have a great future in store under Coach Wells, and I firmly believe he is the right coach to take us to an elite level. We are thrilled to welcome Coach Wells and his family to Lubbock.”

Wells is an interesting say the least. He has spent the last six years as head coach at Utah State. During his tenure there, the Aggies went 44-34, including a 3-9 season in 2016. That isn’t exactly an eye-popping record, but it does include a 10-2 season this year.

Wells is replacing Texas Tech golden boy Kliff Kingsbury, a Mike Leach disciple. Red Raider Nation enjoys its offense, and that shouldn’t change. Utah State currently ranks third in scoring offense and 11th in total offense.

In a press conference, athletic director Kirby Hocutt spoke about finding a coach to return the Red Raiders to an elite program. It took Hocutt just five days to find his man, and Wells is excited to get to work.

“I am excited to meet the team and get to work on building an elite program that Red Raider fans will enjoy every Saturday,” said Wells