The Texas Tech Red Raiders are looking inside the Big 12 Conference for their next coach. Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is reportedly set to interview for the Texas Tech head coaching gig.
Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal was the first to report the news.
Williams goes on to report, “According to people familiar with the search, Tech is preparing to interview two more candidates — Baylor associate head coach and outside linebackers coach Joey McGuire on Thursday and Oklahoma defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch on Friday — in the hunt for Matt Wells’ successor.
Talks with more targets could follow. A source with knowledge of Tech’s process told A-J Media the search is “exceptionally broad, nationwide” at this point, adding that more than 20 candidates have been closely scrutinized and a dozen have expressed interest directly or through agents.”
After that news, Sooner Scoop’s Carey Murdock confirmed Grinch was indeed set to interview with Texas Tech according to his sources.
Grinch is in his third season as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator. In 2019, Grinch’s defense led the Big 12 in total defense in league play, and then last season, Oklahoma ranked in the Top 30 in the country in scoring defense and total defense.
This season’s defense hasn’t lived up to the hype, as OU ranks 6th in the Big 12 in scoring defense, third in rushing defense and dead last in passing defense.
But Grinch is still considered a coordinator with a bright future in college football. Last offseason, Grinch reportedly interviewed for the Arizona opening. The Red Raiders are also reportedly interested in Baylor associate head coach Joey McGuire, plus SMU head coach Sonny Dykes, the son of former longtime Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes.
Texas Tech fired Matt Wells last week following a loss to Kansas State that dropped him to 7-16 in Big 12 play.