This seemed like it was in the works for some amount of time because this hire happened way too quickly. A day after Oregon announced that they had hired Javon Bouknight as their receivers coach, Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells announced that former Red Raider footballer Joel Filani was named as the outside receivers coach for your Red Raiders. That’s either some really quick work or some mutual agreements between Bouknight, Filani, and Wells.
We think you’ll recognize our new outside receivers coach. 😉
Welcome home, Joel Filani!
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) February 14, 2019
Filani started coaching in the 2013-14 season as a graduate assistant at Boise State, worked a year at Washington State and an offensive quality control coach, which coincided with the time that offensive coordinator David Yost was at Washington State, then was the outside receivers coach at North Texas from 2016-18. Not that you need my opinion on the matter, but I like this move even though Filani is a bit green in terms of coaching experience. I think that working with Yost for a year at Washington State was maybe the deciding factor in Filani getting this opportunity and if Yost likes him, then I’m on board too. This is a weird thing to type, but it does feel good that there’s apparently communication happening, whether it be with Bouknight letting Wells know that he’s on the move and then Wells working without any leaks on a new hire that was announced the very next day.
Filani graduated in 2006. During his playing days at Texas Tech Filani had 175 receptions, 2,667 yards, and 23 touchdowns in two years at Texas Tech and was given the nickname Moose by former head coach Mike Leach. Thanks to David Collier for digging up the video.
— David Collier (@CollieronTV) February 15, 2019