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Texas Tech football hoping new head coach Matt Wells can elevate the program

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After Texas Tech parted ways with Kliff Kingsbury, it only took the university four days to find his replacement.

In doing so, Tech hired its 16th head football coach: Former Utah State head coach Matt Wells. 

"The first thing he told me was that Texas Tech is not a rebuild, Texas Tech is in a reload position," Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt said. "It's a program with a lot of great things ahead of it and it would be a great fit for me to come to Lubbock."

While rumors circulated of a potential Mike Leach, or Dana Holgorsen return to Lubbock to fill Tech's football head coaching vacancy, Hocutt said he concluded Utah State head coach Matt Wells was the perfect fit.

"You'll see a head coach that has a ton of energy. He's going to be very consistent and bring discipline to this program," Hocutt said.

Despite not knowing the former Aggies coach as well as the other candidates, students said they trust Hocutt's instincts.

"If you bring in someone who you think can do a better job, that is really all that matters. Winning games is all that actually matters to me, that is the important thing," a Tech student said.

Other students said they trust Hocutt because of his track record of hiring successful coaches in sports other than football.

"I'm very confident in the decision he made. With Chris Beard and Tim Tadlock, he's done a great job. He's by no means under the hot seat like some people want to put him. I'm very confident and I still will support either way," another Tech student said

Hocutt said the meeting with Wells could not have gone better, comparing the energy to these other hires he has made the past few years.

"I had the same feeling after I met with Coach Wells that I had after I met with Coach Tadlock and Coach Beard," Hocutt said. "When I walked away from that meeting I had that same type of feeling that he's a gentleman who knows what he's doing and will be a good head coach and a great leader for this program."

When Texas Tech dismissed Kliff Kingsbury, Kirby Hocutt said he promised to make the football program elite again.

"I have a plan. I have a plan that I believe in," Hocutt said. "I have a plan that has proven to be successful. It's going to be successful at the next level. It will be successful at Texas Tech."

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