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Texas Tech Football Notebook: Smith Retained; Bookbinder & Perry Hired

Recapping one heck of a day.

What an insane day.

DeAndre Smith will remain as the running backs coach. If there was a thought of having Donovan Smith remain on campus, this would have been pretty key. Smith has done a good job of recruiting running backs I think, so I’m good for this.

I mentioned yesterday morning that Josh Bookbinder was going to be a coach, but we didn’t know what capacity and he’ll be the secondary coach. Bookbinder is a Baylor graduate, was at Liberty for a couple of years and was at Baylor previously.

SMU special teams coordinator Kenny Perry will be the special teams coordinator and associate head coach for Texas Tech. Perry was a long-time high school head coach in the Arlington area and then hopped on at TCU to start his collegiate career.

Sammy Morris is remaining as the Associate Director of Player Development, which I think is great. Quintin Jordan is the new Director of Football Operations, graduated from Texas Tech, but was previously at Baylor as Director of Football Operations for the Bears. Kate Shealy remains on staff from Matt Wells tenure as Director of Recruiting Operations. Antonio Huffman remains as an associate athletic director of football administration.

From a college football perspective, let’s summarize:

  • Washington has hired Fresno State’s Kalen DeBoer as their new head coach.
  • SMU has tabbed Rhett Lashlee as their new head coach and replaces Sonny Dykes who is now at TCU. Lashlee was the offensive coordinator at Miami and was previously at SMU.
  • Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has accepted a position at LSU, so now Notre Dame is open. I think this is an odd fit for LSU, but Kelly is reportedly receiving $15 million to be a head coach, which is just stupid.
  • Oklahoma and now Notre Dame are still the big open positions.
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