As reported earlier today, Texas Tech was moving to make Utah State head coach Matt Wells its next head coach in Lubbock. Hours later, it seems the deal has been struck. Football Scoop was the first to report Wells had agreed to be the head coach at Texas Tech.
The hiring of Wells is a solid move that will likely bring a new philosophy to the Texas Tech offense. Wells had been the head coach at Utah State since 2013, accumulating a head coaching record of 44-34 with a bowl record of 2-2 in his time with the Aggies, which saw the program transition from the WAC to the Mountain West Conference.
It is worth a reminder it was reported Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt reportedly did not want to schedule an interview with West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, as Wells appeared to be the top target for the Red Raiders.
A couple of assistants who have previously worked under him at Utah State include UCF head coach Josh Heupel and LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, which would seem to suggest he has a good eye for quality assistants. How many coaches travel to Texas Tech with him from Utah State remains to be seen, as the Aggies are currently getting ready to play in a bowl game this season after falling just shy of a chance to play for the Mountain West Conference championship. Utah State offensive coordinator David Yost could be a top candidate for the Utah State vacancy if the Aggies want to keep some stability within the program in this time of transition.
Wells will replace Kliff Kingsbury, who may or may not be heading to USC.
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is joining Florida’s staff as an analyst, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Benoit.
Zampese spent the 2016-17 seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator after serving 13 seasons as Marvin Lewis‘s quarterbacks coach. Cincinnati went 13-18-1 in Zampese’s two seasons running the offense, which is why he spent 2018 as the Cleveland Browns’ quarterbacks coach and the first part of 2019 as the offensive coordinator for the AAF’s Atlanta Legends.
He is the son of former Chargers, Rams, Cowboys and Patriots offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese.
It is not immediately known what the younger Zampese’s role will be with the Gators, but his experience indicates he’ll work with Dan Mullen and coordinators John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales to develop Florida’s offensive plan and help Brian Johnson tutor the quarterbacks, or perhaps use his coordinator experience to self-scout Florida’s offense and scout Florida’s future opponents.
All the reporting that came out since the bombshell reports saying Connecticut is looking to leave the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the non-football Big East have confirmed that, yes, this is really happening, likely in time for the 2020-21 athletic year. The reporting has also said that UConn’s soon-to-be-homeless football program will not drop down to FCS, but instead join a different conference or try to make it as an FBS independent.
On Saturday, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that UConn has determined it will not return to FCS, where the program competed for most of its history before joining the then-power conference Big East in 2004.
On Sunday morning, NCAA.com’s Andy Katz followed with a note saying it looked like the Huskies will try to make a go of it as an independent, writing that UConn will attempt to schedule neighbors like UMass (a fellow independent), Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers while honoring existing contracts for home-and-homes with Duke, Illinois, NC State and others.
For a check in with someone who might actually know something, let’s see what Huskies head coach Randy Edsall has to say.
Either way, it sounds like the train is moving and we could hear something official sooner rather than later.
Steve Spurrier hasn’t coached a college football team since 2015, but that doesn’t mean the Head Ball Coach has retired.
The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and national championship head coach returned to his alma mater to serve as a brand ambassador in 2016, he’s appeared in commercials, and he won a self-proclaimed championship as head coach of the Orlando Apollos of the short-lived Alliance of American Football.
Now, he’s getting into the restaurant business.
On Friday, it was reported the 74-year-old Spurrier will announce that he’s seeking a partner to “operate his new American casual dining concept.”
Details are scarce at this point–that’s probably the point of the press conference–but I’m imagining Margaritaville with footballs. We’ll find out on Monday.