Texas Tech hires Joey McGuire: What new Red Raiders coach means for recruiting, rebuilding program

Texas Tech has hired Baylor associate head coach Joey McGuire as its next head coach, the university announced Monday. McGuire, a former legendary high school football coach, comes to Lubbock after five years with the Bears. The Red Raiders moved quickly to hire their 17th coach in program history, announcing McGuire just two weeks after firing third-year coach Matt Wells. 

In a rare move, McGuire will join Texas Tech’s athletic department immediately, though offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie will continue to serve as the interim coach through the remainder of the season. 

“We are excited for this new chapter in Texas Tech Football under the direction of Coach McGuire,” said Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt. “Our search committee was impressed from the outset not only with his significant ties throughout the state of Texas but his enthusiasm and desire to serve as the head coach at Texas Tech. We are thrilled to be able to welcome Coach McGuire and his wife Debbie to our Red Raider family.”

McGuire has been instrumental in Baylor’s rebuilds, serving under head coaches Matt Rhule and Dave Aranda. Since a 1-11 record in Rhule’s first season, the Bears have gone 27-18 with a trip to the Big 12 Championship Game in 2019. Baylor is off to a 7-2 start in 2021 and entered the initial College Football Playoff rankings at No. 12. 

Baylor still has three regular season games remaining without McGuire, including a nationally-televised matchup with No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday. The Bears play Texas Tech in the season finale on Nov. 27. 

Texas Tech was rumored to have identified both SMU head coach Sonny Dykes and UTSA coach Jeff Traylor early in its search. However, Traylor signed a long-term extension to stay in San Antonio, while…


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