(KUTV) — Matt Wells has been hired as the new head coach at Texas Tech, receiving a six year contract to replace Kliff Kingsbury who was fired after six years and only two winning seasons. Wells compiled a 44-34 record in six years at Utah State and led the Aggies to a 10-2 season this year. Wells departure has been speculated about in the media since mid-season and comes as no surprise to Utah State administrators and boosters.
Wells has a big booster in former Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops. The Lubbock-Avalanche Journal quotes Stoops saying, ““I really respect Matt Wells’ strong presence and leadership. I’ve seen his track record, and he’s had a really long and strong record of success that I believe will continue at Texas Tech. His brother, Luke, was a player and assistant for us at Oklahoma. I’m excited for Matt to begin his career at Tech, and I believe he’ll do a great job."
The question is who will replace Wells in Logan. It isn’t likely to be anyone on the current staff. ESPN’s Jake Trotter is reporting Offensive Coordinator David Yost and Defensive Coordinator Keith Patterson will follow Wells to Texas Tech.
Potential candidates to replace Wells include Weber State coach Jay Hill. Hill has led Weber State to a share of the Big Sky title two years in a row and after an NCAA quarterfinal appearance last year he has the Wildcats hosting a second-round playoff game Saturday. A former player and assistant at Utah, Hill is widely believed to have the recruiting philosophy to continue Utah State’s success.
Former Aggies Head Coach Gary Andersen could be a potential candidate. He led Utah State to a school record 11 wins in 2012 and then left for head coaching jobs at Wisconsin and Oregon State before returning to Utah as an assistant. Andersen is still popular with fans and boosters in Logan, but some people might be worried about how quickly he moved through two jobs and the circumstances he left Oregon State under.