Kirby Hocutt discusses expectations for next football head coach

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Texas Tech Football head coach Matt Wells was sacked Monday after two and a half seasons with the Red Raiders.

At a press conference Monday night, Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt spoke about some of the qualities he wants to see in the football team’s next head coach; and some of the expectations too.

These qualities include: strong ties to the State of Texas, knowledge of the recruiting landscape and the transfer portal, strong relationships with high schools in Texas.

One thing that has reappeared among Texas Tech Football fans is a divided fan base. These divisions date back to the firing of Mike Leach, the disagreement over hiring Tommy Tuberville (yes, who is now a US Senator from Alabama), and the disagreement over Matt Wells replacing Kliff Kingsbury.

I found a set of Hocutt comments from Monday. When he said that the next coach has to “… believe he’s going to win”, one can only assume that this was sort of a problem with Coach Wells.

Hocutt reiterated what he also said three years ago when Wells was hired in the state of Utah. The goal is for Texas Tech Football to be an “elite program”.

According to Hocutt, on Monday, those standards include: bowling each season, being ranked in the Top 25 each season, and playing meaningful games in November.

Hocutt also said it was not an option not to aim to make Texas Tech Football an elite program. He said this has been done in many other sports for Texas Tech, including: baseball, men’s basketball, tennis, golf and track and field.

Hocutt created a four-person search committee to help him find the next Texas Tech Football head coach. The members are: Texas Tech University System board members, Cody Campbell and Dusty Womble, former Texas Tech running back Sammy Morris and assistant athletic director Tony Hernandez.

The committee will interview candidates and make a recommendation to Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec once the season is over.

18 guys who could coach Texas Tech Football in 2022

This list is by no means complete, these are just a few names that I have seen circulating on social media and message boards. Besides the usual suspects, I added a few wildcards to make it a bit spicier.

The following list is in order of those who I think will be called upon to take over the program.

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