Texas Tech head coach
Who’s in: Matt Wells
Who’s out: Kliff Kingsbury
Another program in the Big 12 that had a fan base tired of middling under the current coaching regime, outside of West Virginia, was the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was a very popular figure in Lubbock with some great offenses and quarterbacks, but he didn’t get the job done in the win column.
Texas Tech doesn’t have huge expectations for its football program, but Kingsbury missed the postseason too often for the fan base to stay happy. The results on the field left something to be desired with how poor the defensive play was, up until the past two years. Since the start of the 2017 campaign though, Texas Tech might have actually played better on the defensive side of the ball.
However, Kingsbury’s time looked to be coming to an end this year after another slip down the stretch. The end of the regular season was not a good time for Texas Tech under the direction of Kingsbury. If he had won at least six or seven games he might still be around. But, Texas football will now be facing another Big 12 program bringing in a new coaching regime with a potentially significant scheme change.
Texas Tech landed a solid hire with the former Utah State Aggies head coach Matt Wells. Utah State was one of the better surprise stories in the nation this year, finishing with 11 wins. Wells could have a similar defensive style to what the Red Raiders had under Kingsbury, but we’re likely to see a major shift on offense.