Texas Tech Football: Top 5 candidates to replace Matt Wells as head coach

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Texas Tech football moved on from Matt Wells in the midst of a 5-3 season and here are five candidates to replace him as Red Raiders head coach. 

It seems like every week in college football, a different head coaching job becomes available. The latest is the Texas Tech football job as the Red Raiders fired head coach Matt Wells on Monday according to a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Wells was the latest in a string of head coaches to end their tenures in disappointment. The season started strong for the Red Raiders but after blowing a big lead and losing a home game to Kansas State on Saturday, enough was enough and Wells was out with an overall record of 13-17.

Offensive coordinator Sonnie Cumbie will coach the next four games which are against Oklahoma, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, and Baylor.

Texas Tech football was a consistent winner under Mike Leach but since he was fired, the Red Raiders have gone through Ruffin McNeil, Tommy Tuberville, Chris Thomsen, Kingsbury, and Wells and have put together seven straight losing seasons.

Here’s a look at five candidates who could turn things around.

5. Sonny Cumbie — Interim head coach

Cumbie will get a four-game introduction as the head coach and if he finds a way to lead the Red Raiders to victory in a couple of those games, plus maybe a bowl game, who knows, maybe he will wind up as the next head coach?

He’s got experience coaching in the Big 12 and had some really successful seasons as the offensive coordinator at TCU before returning to Lubbock.

Cumbie wouldn’t be the sexiest hire and maybe sticking with the old pass-happy offense isn’t the best way to go, but if he proves he can win down the stretch, he deserves a serious look.

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