Texas Tech football: Areas that Red Raiders failed to solidify in 2019

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 23: The Texas Tech Red Raiders are led onto the field by the Masked Rider before the college football game against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 23, 2019 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 23: The Texas Tech Red Raiders are led onto the field by the Masked Rider before the college football game against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 23, 2019 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) /
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Wells’ losing record meant he did not prosper from the excitement that comes with a new coach

Everyone loves a fresh start, especially sports fans.  But by going just 4-8 overall and 1-3 at home against Big 12 teams, Matt Wells did not benefit from the new-coach excitement that other head coaches enjoy at times.

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Of course, the fact that he was an unknown, to begin with, and that there were many people who did not want him to be Kliff Kingsbury’s replacement diminished the initial excitement of his hiring before the first football was ever kicked off.  But with only one ranked opponent this home schedule was set up in such a way that he should have been able to capture more than one conference win in front of the home faithful.  That would have done wonders for this rebuild.

However, Wells did that only once.  In October, he had a nice 10-point win over Oklahoma State, the program’s first win in Lubbock over the Cowboys since 2008.

But Wells’ other two wins at the Jones were over Montana State and UTEP.  That’s not the way to make a first impression.

Instead of reinvigorating this fan base with excitement, energy, and optimism, the only thing he built upon was our apathy, discouragement, and pessimism.  Instead of showing signs that he can be the one to pull Red Raider football out of its decade-long tailspin, he simply produced a season that looked like a carbon-copy of the last three Kingsbury failures.

Now, he’s not only got some highly-influential boosters rather openly questioning him, but he’s also failed to capture the hearts of even those fans that were willing to give him a fair shot.  Without question, the uphill public perception battle he faces is even steeper than it was a year ago when he arrived with nowhere near the type of fanfare and joy that his predecessor brought to town.

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That could have been different.  Had he even managed to get the Red Raiders to a bowl game, he would have shown his constituency that he is able to improve the state of the program.  But now, many have already written him off, which means he has to win back the faction of the fandom that wasn’t against him when he started.  In other words, he’s lost ground in his most important endeavor and that certainly was his greatest shortcoming in 2019.