Texas Tech hires Wells after success at alma mater Utah St

first_imgNovember 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local Texas Tech hires Wells after success at alma mater Utah St FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech hired Matt Wells as its new football coach Thursday night after he was part of an impressive turnaround at Utah State, his alma mater.Wells had a 44-34 record in six seasons as coach of the Aggies, who are 10-2 this year and headed to their fifth bowl in that span. He was an assistant at Utah State the previous two years, going to bowls both times, including a school-record 11 wins in 2012 when he was offensive coordinator.“Quickly in the interview process, it became clear Matt Wells and his leadership style were a perfect fit to lead our football program,” athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “We have a great future in store under Coach Wells, and I firmly believe he is the right coach to take us to an elite level.”The 45-year-old Wells replaces Kliff Kingsbury, the former Texas Tech quarterback who was fired after his third consecutive losing season and a 35-40 overall record in six seasons as head coach.The Red Raiders were 5-7 this year, losing their finale 35-24 to Baylor last Saturday with a chance to become bowl eligible.“My family and I are excited to join the Red Raider family,” Wells said. “I am excited to meet the team and get to work on building an elite program that Red Raider fans will enjoy every Saturday.”Texas Tech said Wells is bringing offensive coordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson with him from Utah State.For Texas Tech fans used to big-scoring offenses, the Aggies this season are third nationally with 47.2 points a game to trail only Oklahoma and Alabama. They have an NCAA-best 24 scoring drives of under a minute.Utah State also is solid on defense, allowing only 23 points a game. The Aggies have allowed at least 30 points only three times, including their losses to then-No. 11 Michigan State in the season opener and 33-24 at then-No. 21 Boise State last week in a game for a spot in the Mountain West Conference championship game. That ended the Aggies’ 10-game winning streak.The Aggies have an NCAA-best 18 interceptions, six of them returned for touchdowns. They have also recovered 10 fumbles, and their plus-11 turnover margin is among the best in the country.Earlier this week, Wells was voted Mountain West Conference coach of the year for the second time.Wells has been a player (1993) or coach (2012-14) for all four of Utah State’s bowl wins. He was a Utah State quarterback from 1993-96.His coaching career started at Navy from 1997-01, before going to Tulsa (2002-06), New Mexico (2007-08, 2010) and Louisville (2009) until joining former head coach Gary Andersen’s staff at Utah State in 2011. Associated Press Tags: Matt Wells/Utah State Aggies Football Written bylast_img read more

Rugby Cranes leave for SA camp Saturday

first_imgTeam manager Emma Baine who is handling the travel arrangements says everything is on course and they should be leaving on Saturday.While handing over rugby equipment to Uganda Rugby Union late last month, South Africa Ambassador to Uganda gave reassurance that the team travel would be processed expeditiously.Coach Robert Seguya is sticking with his young team and there are likely to be no additions to the team that played the Elgon Cup.Share on: WhatsApp Rugby Cranes before kick off during the Elgon Cup tie in Kampala The Rugby Cranes depart for a training camp in South Africa on Saturday ahead of tough Tier 1A Rugby Afrique fixtures next month.The Cranes will train with Cheetahs Club in South Africa with whom they have a rugby partnership. Two coaches from the club have handled the Cranes before.Fresh from a 48-10 routing by Kenya Simba in the Elgon Cup last Saturday,  the Cranes will host Namibia in Kampala, play away to Zimbabwe and Kenya. The Kenya game will also be the return leg of the Elgon Cup.last_img read more

Kelly Preston dies at 57

first_imgPreston battled breast cancer for two-years before succumbing to the disease.Travolta apologized in advance to his fans for his expected disappearance from the public eye as he and the three children he shared with Preston take time to mourn her passing.Preston was known for her roles in “Jerry Maguire” “Mischief,” and “Twins.” Actress Kelly Preston has died at the age of 57 due to breast cancer complications.John Travolta, who was married to Preston for 28 years posted the sad news on his Instagram stating in part:“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”last_img read more

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