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Texas Tech names Baylor’s Joey McGuire as coach

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Posted at 9:48 AM, Nov 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-08 16:13:46-05

WACO, Texas — Texas Tech named Baylor assistant and longtime Texas high school coach Joey McGuire as its next head coach on Monday, though he won’t take the job until the end of the season.

McGuire will be formally introduced Tuesday on the Lubbock campus. He will immediately join the Texas Tech athletic department while Sonny Cumbie continues to serve as interim head coach for the three remaining regular-season games and any bowl appearance.

“We are excited for this new chapter in Texas Tech football under the direction of Coach McGuire,” athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “Our search committee was impressed from the outset not only with his significant ties throughout the state of Texas but his enthusiasm and desire to serve as the head coach at Texas Tech.”

McGuire will not finish his fifth season with 18th-ranked Baylor. He was hired by former Bears coach Matt Rhule and retained as associate head coach when Dave Aranda took over in 2020 after Rhule went to the NFL as coach of the Carolina Panthers.

“He’s become a friend, obviously,” Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades said. “I appreciate his service and reminded him this morning (to) say goodbye and then get on out the door. He’s now part of the enemy. It’s the way this business goes. ... Wishing him the best.”

The Red Raiders (5-4) finish their regular season at Baylor on Nov. 27. They have home games against Iowa State and No. 10 Oklahoma State before then.