Kevin Sumlin will be the next head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders; replacing Mike Leach.
Although talk of a contract extension at the University of Houston is still on-going, the Cougars' head coach would be wise to answer the call of the Big XII’s preeminent division.
A month ago, Sumlin's name was reportedly on the short list at the University of Kansas when his former colleague, Mark Mangino stepped down as the head of the Jayhawks program.
The Kansas job; however, is a crapshoot. While facilities are improving at the school, the Jayhawks still lag behind Nebraska, in the Big XII North, and behind everyone in the conference’s more notable counterpart, the South.
At Texas Tech, on the other hand, the barren “south plains” landscape that the Red Raiders have to offer big time recruits notwithstanding, they can compete with anyone in the nation as far as facilities go.
10,000 seats will soon be added to SBC Jones Stadium, which will bring the capacity to over 65,000; making it the third largest college football stadium in Texas.
Speaking of big time recruits, after building a solid reputation in the Houston area, one of Texas' premier regions for football recruiting, Sumlin is ready for the transition to a bigger program.
Additionally, as the current leader of the NCAA’s no. 1 ranked offense, Sumlin will easily continue the success of an offensive system that Leach created, partly with Sumlin, who spent three years under Leach with the Red Raiders.
As much as it pains me to say, as I am a very proud alum, the Houston job, while great in Conference USA, is still just a stepping stone for "would be" big time coaches, and Sumlin certainly fits the description.
The move to Tech will give Sumlin an opportunity to realistically compete with any program in the country on a consistent basis.
In fact, as the current second or third best football program in the Big XII South, Texas Tech is a step away from realistically competing for national championships every year.
Simply put, Houston can just not offer the same level of success.
Houston’s loss will be a gain that Texas Tech, after a week’s worth of negative publicity following the turmoil that Leach also created, so desperately needs.
Just remember…you heard it here, first.