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Texas Tech Football Notebook: New Names for Coaching Search

It’s an update.

Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams is reporting that some additional names have been added to the coaching search and confirmed some names who have been interviews.

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.

These are two names that I think have been discussed to an extent, especially McGuire. The new names that have been added to the coaching search list are Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko, Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze, Louisiana head coach Billy Napier, and Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn.

Hocutt said in an emphatic tone last week that Tech has to nail the coach hire this time around, even if it takes until mid-December. So here are some possible targets Tech has taken or will take a look at: Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko, Liberty coach Hugh Freeze, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Billy Napier and Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, the former Tech running back.

The entirety of Lynn’s 22-season coaching career has been spent in the NFL but, “He’s being considered,” a source said. “He’s in the mix.”

Don’s story also notes that Mike Leach is seen as an option, but the discussion remains hinged on paying Leach what he believes he is owed in 2009 before a discussion even starts so that would seemingly be a non-starter.

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