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Texas Tech fires football coach Matt Wells in middle of his third season

  • October 25, 2021

told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

The persons requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

Both people said offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie will be appointed interim head coach and the search for Wells’ replacement will begin with some successful college coaches within the state as targets. 

Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt and senior associate athletics director Robert Giovannetti did not answer calls from Avalanche Journal Media or immediately respond to text messages. Hocutt was expected to announce the coaching change and next steps later Monday, which is Texas Tech football players’ once-a-week off day as mandated by NCAA rule. 

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram was first to report Wells’ dismissal and Cumbie’s promotion to the job in the interim. 

Since Wells took over going into the 2019 season, the Red Raiders are 13-17 and 7-16 in Big 12 games. Many Tech fans were opposed to Wells’ hire from the beginning, and discontent grew as the Red Raiders went 4-8 in 2019 and 4-6 in 2020.

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Although Texas Tech is 5-3 and one win from bowl-eligibility this season, the Red Raiders needed a late defensive stand to squeeze past FCS opponent Stephen F. Austin and suffered blowout losses at Texas and at home against TCU. 

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