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Texas Tech Reportedly Interested In Hiring Rival Big 12 Head Coach

A general view of Texas Tech's football stadium.

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Texas Tech made the decision to fire Kliff Kingsbury, as the former head coach only won five games this season. While the Red Raiders have not begun their search for a new leader just yet, one candidate is already emerging.

If Texas Tech wants to return to its glory days in the Big 12, then hiring an established coach will be crucial.

Although it'd require making an intriguing pitch to a conference rival, the Red Raiders have interest in West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, per Don Williams. However, it's still unclear if he'd covet this job more than his current one with the Mountaineers.

Holgorsen clearly knows the conference well, as he's coached West Virginia since 2011. This season, the Mountaineers won nine games and were just one victory away from playing Texas in the Big-12 Championship.

Regardless of Texas Tech's shortcomings over the past few seasons, it's still an appealing job.

We already know Will Grier is almost on his way out of Morgantown, and perhaps his coach might leave with him.

Stay tuned.