Texas Tech football: Why Matt Wells is optimistic in 2020 Red Raiders

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LUBBOCK, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Matt Wells of the Texas Tech Red Raiders looks on during a timeout huddle during the second half of 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)

Texas Tech football head coach Matt Wells met with the media Saturday to discuss a number of topics, including why he is optimistic in this year’s Red Raiders.

Saturday, Matt Wells virtually met with the media to give an update after a pair of practice sessions.  So let’s look at the important takeaways from his remarks.

Is he concerned about the potential cancellation of the season?

Saturday was a wild day in the college football world because the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS conference to cancel the 2020 season and the Big 10 decreed that its members would not be able to progress from non-contact to fully-padded practices until further notice.

Wells was asked how closely he had been following those developments, especially the moves of the Big 10 as many believe that those decisions will have a domino effect on the rest of the FBS conferences. But Wells, as you might expect, said that his main focus had been on what his team was doing.

“I think everybody in the country is concerned; coaches, players, sportswriters, parents, boosters everybody we’re all concerned we’re all wondering,” Wells said. “I think it’s to say that no one’s concerned I think it’s basically to have your head in the sand.

“To answer your question directly, to monitor [the news], just minimal so far because I got off the field this morning a walk-through saw some of it and then went we went onto the field for practice…So yeah I’m aware of it I think monitoring the Big 12 and see what comes down in the direction that we get from our ADs are presidents our medical staff, commissioner.  I think every head coach is monitoring everything right now.”

Certainly, Wells and Co. have no choice but to try to keep their focus on improving their team daily until they get word that the season is going to be altered or interrupted.  If that is what comes to pass.

But how well each program handles this uncertainty by being as professional as possible in regard to the way the players prepare is going to be a huge factor this year, even more so than in most seasons.  If ever there was a time when players and coaches have to do their best to drown out the noise, it would be 2020.

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