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What separates Wells from previous Texas Tech coaches

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Fans are getting more optimistic about Matt Wells after his welcome to Lubbock on Saturday. They're hoping for a 2019 turnaround. 

He has the most head coaching experience of any Texas Tech hire other than Tommy Tuberville and Ewing Freeland (The Red Raiders' head coach from 1925-1928). 

 "This is a gentleman who knows what he's doing that's going to coach us and be a great leader for this program," Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt said. 

In past years, Texas Tech has consistently brought people in with a coaching history in the Red Raiders' conference, whether it was the Big 12 or the Southwest. Wells is the first without this experience since the 1977 hire of Steve Sloan, and he says it won't affect Texas recruiting. 

"These guys have all recruited Texas. David Yost has never coached in Texas but has recruited QB's all over the state. There are a ton of guys who know him. We are gonna have a lot of guys with Texas ties as well as Texas recruiting ties," Wells said. 

While Wells doesn't have much experience in the conference, his 10-win season is the second most for a coach in their previous year before coming in as Texas Tech's head coach. The only coach with more is Kliff Kingsbury who came in following an 11-win season as Texas A&M's offensive coordinator. 

Wells' 10-2 season was also his first year with both David Yost as offensive coordinator and Keith Patterson as defensive coordinator. Both will be joining his staff here in Lubbock. 

 "A ten win season and these guys are about to get their 11th. That's remarkable. I am proud to be a part of that," Wells said. 

Wells said the recruiting trail will begin sometime later this week. 

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