Texas Tech Football Hires Utah State Head Coach Matt Wells

It’s a new coach.

Texas Tech football announced today that they have hired Utah State head coach Matt Wells to be the next head football coach for the Red Raiders.

Wells, 43, played quarterback for Utah State, has spent stints at New Mexico, Louisville, and eventually landed at Utah State in 2011 as the quarterbacks and running back coach. Wells was elevated to offensive coordinator in 2012 and took over head coaching duties in 2013. Wells has an overall record of 44-34 for the Aggies:

2013: 9–5 7–1 1st (Mountain) W Poinsettia
2014: 10–4 6–2 T–2nd (Mountain) W New Mexico
2015: 6–7 5–3 T–2nd (Mountain) L Famous Idaho Potato
2016: 3–9 1–7 6th (Mountain)
2017: 6–7 4–4 T–4th (Mountain) L Arizona
2018: 10–2 7–1 T–1st (Mountain)

Currently, Utah State is 22nd in S&P+ and , 21st in offense and 36th in defense. Ironically, Utah State was 57th in S&P+ in 2017, one spot ahead of Texas Tech (both with 6-7 records). Wells was recently named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year for his 10-2 record.

The process to choose Texas Tech’s new coach has been a two-man team, athletic director Kirby Hocutt and president Lawrence Schovanec. I believe that Hocutt has made only two previous football coach hires in his tenure as an athletic director, hiring Al Golden at Miami and Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech.


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