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Texas Tech Reportedly Close To Hiring New Head Coach

A photo of a Texas Tech football player from the neck down.

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: A member of the Texas Tech Red Raiders waits on the field before the start of their game against the LSU Tigers during the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Texas Tech Red Raiders appear to be closing in on their replacement for recently-ousted head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Whether or not Texas Tech fans will be thrilled with the selection is another matter entirely.

According to Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reporter Don Williams, Texas Tech is in negotiations with Utah State head coach Matt Wells to take over Kingsbury's position.

Wells is coming off a 10-2 season in the Mountain West Conference that included their highest AP ranking since 1961.

During the 2018 season, the Aggies scored at least 50 points six times, and 60 points on four occasions. Their win over Tennessee Tech of the FCS came by a stunning 73-12 margin.

Wells' overall record is 44-34, including two bowl wins.

Should the deal be made official, Wells will take over a Texas Tech team that finished this past season at 5-7.

The team started 5-2 before losing their final five games, including a 51-46 loss to Oklahoma where the Red Raiders blew multiple leads.