Texas Tech to Hire Wazzu OL Coach Clay McGuire

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According to a report from The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Texas Tech is expected to hire Washington State offensive line coach Clay McGuire to become the Red Raiders’ new O-line coach.

McGuire is a former Texas Tech football player and was the first player that the late Mike Leach recruited during his time as a head coach in Lubbock.

The former Red Raider was named the offensive line coach on Jake Dickert’s staff in January of 2022, his second stint in Pullman after first serving in a similar role under Leach there from 2012 to 2017.


McGuire also spent one season as the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Texas Tech under Kliff Kingsbury in 2018 before taking the offensive line job at Texas State in 2019 and 2020. From there, McGuire became the O-line coach at USC in 2021, leading him back to Pullman, where he is currently employed.

According to the Washington State football website, McGuire mentored a young offensive line unit in 2022 that helped WSU produce 360.7 yards of total offense while finishing third in the Pac-12 in both pass attempts and completions.

Left tackle Jarrett Kingston earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention and the offensive line blocked for All-Pac-12 honorable mention running back Nakia Watson who scored 13 total touchdowns and four 100-yard games.


McGuire appeared in 45 games at H-back for Texas Tech during his four-year career from 2000 to 2004. A big, physical blocker in Tech’s offense, McGuire also factored into the passing game for the Red Raiders, catching 32 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns during his career.

McGuire earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Texas Tech in 2004 before following with a master’s in secondary education in 2007. Originally a native of Crane, Texas, McGuire will be moving much closer to home by joining the Texas Tech staff and brings plenty of experience with him in his return to Lubbock.