Utah football coach Matt Wells is on his way to Lone Star State. The Aggie coach, who led the USU…
Utah football coach Matt Wells is on his way to Lone Star State.
The Aggie coach, who led the USU to a 10-2 regular season, finished this season, has accepted a job to become the next Texas Tech coach, according to several reports, including the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Wells has been linked to job search in Texas Tech and Colorado in recent weeks. Lubbock reports on Wednesday called him “leader” for the Texas Tech position, the day he was called Mountain West coach of the year.
Salt Lake Tribune has learned that Wells plans to take offensive co-ordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson with him to Texas Tech.
Moments after the news broke, Wells Wikipedia page had been updated to reflect his employment at Texas Tech.
Wells had a year left on his contract with Aggies. In his six years as the USU’s head coach, he compiled a 44-34 overall record, a 30-1
8 conference record and a 2-2 record in bowling game. Wells’ 44 wins are the second most in Utah State History.
During Wells, Aggies has qualified for a bowl game five of the last six seasons, including this year. Utah State also competed in two bowling games when Wells was USU’s offensive coordinator during Gary Andersen 2011 and 2012.
Utah state lost to Boise State for a chance to compete for the Mountain West championship. The team will know on Sunday who it will meet for their bowling game, but it seems Wells, Yost and Patterson will not be sidelined for that game.
The Aggies scored at least 50 points 14 times and 60 points six times – both school posts – during Wells this season. USU’s anti-defense team also received awards this season.
The Aggies had a top three scoring points in the country during this season under Wells and Yost. Just two years before, with another offensive co-ordinator, the scoring break was 107 in the country.
During Wells, the Aggies were tough at home and went 27-9 at Maverik Stadium in his six years at the helm.  NFL has had a lot of Wells players over the years. Twenty four players who played under Wells have logged in the league.
Wells played quarterback for Utah State 1993-1996.
Wells moving to Texas Tech marks his seventh coaching job since his career started in 1997 at Navy, where he was an assistant for four years. From there he coached Tulsa for four years, New Mexico for two, then made an annual break in Louisville and New Mexico before hired by Utah State as an assistant.
The Aggies gave Wells his first headcoaching job in 2013.