As of Thursday afternoon, all signs in Lubbock pointed north and west toward Logan, Utah.
With Wells close to becoming Texas Tech’s head coach, FootballScoop reached out to sources to inquire what his staff may look like.
Unsurprisingly, sources said Wells would likely take most of his Utah State offensive staff members with him.
Utah State’s turnaround under Wells coincided with offensive coordinator David Yost’s arrival; the Aggies’ scoring offense jumped from 107th to third nationally. From 2016, the year prior to Yosts’s hiring, to ’18, the team’s win total grew from three to 10.
His brother, Luke, is Utah State’s inside receivers/tight ends coach, and also one of just two staff members with even a minimal amount of experience in Texas.
On the defensive side of the ball, there is no doubt Utah State’s defense has performed at a level this year they haven’t seen in some time. Wells, we’re told, is very happy with his defense being led by Keith Patterson and Frank Maile and would love for both to come to Lubbock.
The possible wrench in Wells’ plan could be if defensive coordinator Keith Patterson or assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Frank Maile become head coaching candidates at Utah State.
If Patterson or Maile replace Wells as Utah State’s head coach, he could offer a position to some current members of Wells’ staff who might opt to remain in Logan for family or other reasons.
Patterson would be particularly valuable on a Texas Tech staff given he spent 16 years coaching high school football in Oklahoma and Texas, most recently as an assistant at powerhouse Allen High School in 2002.
If and when Matt Wells officially becomes Texas Tech’s head coach, he could look to Waco for a successful strategy for filling his staff any slots not already filled by his current assistants. Like Wells, Matt Rhule had zero Texas experience when he took the Baylor job in December of 2016, but he quickly moved to fill his staff with a mix of “his” guys from Temple and coaches who knew the lay of the land in Texas, pulling Joey McGuire, David Wetzel and Shawn Bell from the high school ranks.
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