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Texas Tech Reaches Out to UTSA Head Coach Jeff Traylor: Report

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Just days after Texas Tech fired head football coach Matt Wells, the football program is reportedly already on the move.

According the Jarret Johnson of Inside the Red Raiders, Texas Tech has already made one of its first calls of its search, and it’s to a person many expected.

“I’ve actually reported on InsideTheRedRaiders that they’ve already reached out to Jeff Traylor through intermediaries,” Johnson said. “I don’t know who exactly it is in each camp, but good sources, multiple very good sources that it’s happened, and that there’s possibly mutual interest between Jeff Traylor and Texas Tech. Timing, because it’s in the season, he’s trying to do something special there at UTSA which is a mouthful in and of itself. So, I like Jeff Traylor. That’s who the first target is.”

 

Traylor has been expected to be a top target for the Red Raiders.

He is a Texas high school football legend after winning three 4A championships at Gilmer High School. He understands and knows Texas high school football as well as anyone, which is important from a recruiting and credibility perspective, for whoever the head coach is, to get kids out to Lubbock. Then you look at his on-field results this season at UTSA: He’s got his team off to an 8-0 start this season, which is tied for most regular-season wins in the program’s young history, and has the Roadrunners sitting in the AP Top 25 for the first time.

His path is very similar to former Baylor head coach Art Briles, minus all of the baggage. Also, don’t forget, Traylor was the Big 12 Recruiter of the Year in 2016 when he was on the Texas Longhorns staff under Charlie Strong.

Other names expected to be in the mix are SMU head coach Sonny Dykes and USC offensive coordinator, and former Tech QB, Graham Harrell.

On the field, Sonny Cumbie takes over as interim head coach, and will try to make himself a legitimate contender, which he can do this weekend with a win over the undefeated Oklahoma Sooners.

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