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Texas Tech Football: 9 Coaching Candidates to Replace Matt Wells

Matt Wells, Texas Tech Red Raiders Football

Matt Wells is out at Texas Tech after less than three full seasons

Texas Tech fired coach Matt Wells on Monday, becoming the first Big 12 coaching job to open in 2021. Offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie is expected to serve as the program’s interim coach for the remainder of the season. Wells spent just three years at the helm in Lubbock, finishing 13-17 overall with a 7-16 mark in Big 12 play. Prior to Texas Tech, Wells went 44-34 with five bowl trips at Utah State.

Who could replace Wells at Texas Tech? Here are nine names to watch in the coaching search:

9 Coaching Candidates to Replace Matt Wells at Texas Tech

Kendal Briles, Offensive Coordinator, Arkansas
Briles has previous Big 12 experience from a stint as an assistant under his father Art at Baylor in 2008 and remained in Waco through the ’16 season. He eventually spent time as the offensive coordinator at FAU (2017), Houston (2018), and Florida State (2019) before taking over at Arkansas in ’20. Briles has no previous experience as a head coach at the FBS level.

Sonny Cumbie, Offensive Coordinator, Texas Tech
Could Cumbie stay on as the full-time coach? It’s unlikely, but let’s keep Cumbie’s name in the mix. The Texas native played his college ball at Texas Tech, and in addition to the likely stint as the interim coach, Cumbie also worked in Lubbock from 2011-13 as an assistant. He also had a stint on Gary Patterson’s staff at TCU from 2014-20. Cumbie has never been an FBS head coach.