Texas Tech closing in on new coach

Updated: December 11, 2012, 10:32 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury have emerged as the two front-runners for Texas Tech's vacant coaching job, sources told ESPN.

Morris and Kingsbury each met with Texas Tech on Tuesday about its coaching vacancy, according to multiple sources. Texas Tech may settle on a replacement for Tommy Tuberville by the end of the weekend, according to sources.

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt confirmed to reporters that he flew to South Carolina on Tuesday to interview Morris, according to a report from The Post and Courier.

Morris, 44, has spent the past two seasons at Clemson and oversaw an offense that gained 518.3 yards per game this season, best in the ACC and the ninth in the FBS.

Kingsbury, 33, enjoyed a prolific collegiate career as the Red Raiders' quarterback from 1998 to 2002. He is set to complete his first season at Texas A&M, where he coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and guided an offense that averaged 552.3 yards per game -- third in the FBS.

Tuberville left Texas Tech in stunning fashion this past Saturday, ending his three-year tenure in Lubbock to become Cincinnati's coach.

ESPN's Joe Schad contributed to this report.

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