To say that Clemson has a vested interest in the coaching search at Texas Tech would be an understatement.
Of the four top-of-the-list candidates initially identified by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Sunday, two are Dabo Swinney's coordinators - Chad Morris and Brent Venables. The others are Baylor head coach Art Briles and Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, a former Texas Tech star who just helped coach Johnny Manziel to the Heisman Trophy.
The same paper reported that Morris was expected to interview for the job Monday.
Morris has his high school coaching roots in Texas and is a Texas A&M graduate, while Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt is a former college teammate of Venables.
Hocutt told the Avalanche-Journal on Sunday that he begins the search for Tommy Tuberville's replacement "with a sense of determination to get a leader in here who is committed to Texas Tech University, who wants to be ingrained with the fabric of Lubbock, with West Texas, and a winner.”
Texas Tech has developed an identity for its high-octane passing attacks, but Hocutt wouldn't commit to a particular offensive style being essential as he considers candidates.
“Fit is very important to me,” Hocutt said, “and I think finding the right fit for Texas Tech is critical at this point in time. We want a winner, leader, who is going to position us to compete at the highest levels competitively.
"Our goal is very simple. Our goal is to be the best college football program in the country, to compete for Big 12 championships and to compete for national championships. We’ve been at the top of the college football world before and we’re going to get back to the top.”