After Jeff Traylor’s name came off the board for Texas Tech Sunday afternoon, my mind began to wonder about the next target for the Texas Tech Head Coaching Job. Sonny Dykes appears to be either returning to SMU with an extension or moving across the Metroplex to become the head man at TCU. That takes the two “top” targets off the board for Texas Tech in less than a week of searching for the man to resurrect Texas Tech from the cellar of the Big 12. One man has come not only to my mind but to the mind of many around Red Raider Nation, Joey McGuire.
McGuire had a similar upbringing in the coaching world as Jeff Traylor. He led 5A Cedar Hill to three straight State Championship games, winning in both 2013 and 2014. He not only took them to those Championships, but he also resurrected a program that had not won a playoff game in their history before his arrival as head coach in 2003 and built them into a Powerhouse.
After leaving Cedar Hill in 2017 to take a job at Baylor, McGuire has been touted as a player’s coach that all players love to play for. After Matt Rhule left to take the Head Coaching Job with the Carolina Panthers, players on the team clamored for McGuire to be the next Head Coach at Baylor and insisted that at the very least McGuire stay on staff.
There’s not much to talk about when it comes to schemes like with other potential Head Coaching Candidates, as McGuire hasn’t been a Coordinator at the college level. Most would assume McGuire would bring a similar system that Baylor has now. There have been plenty of coaches to have success at the college level without coordinator experience (ex. Traylor). Texas Tech is an incredible spot for him to get a crack at being a Collegiate Head Coach.
If Texas Tech wants a true players’ coach that can recruit and has strong ties to the state of Texas, Joey McGuire is the man for the job. Players past and present consider him the glue that holds the entire program together. This hire would not only unite the team, but it would also most likely unite a fan base that has been clamoring for a coach to bring Texas Tech back to national relevance.