Greg McElroy played high school football in Texas, and has a pulse on the possibilities ahead for Texas Tech as it searches for its next head coach.

Texas Tech fired Matt Wells on Monday after the Red Raiders didn’t win consecutive league games under Wells, and went 13-17 overall and 7-16 in conference play under Wells.

McElroy, the ESPN commentator and WJOX radio host, listed SMU’s Sonny Dykes, Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and UT-San Antonio coach Jeff Traylor as possible candidates for the Red Raiders.

Briles fits the deep Texas ties that McElroy outlines. He played at Texas and Houston, and later coached at Baylor from 2008 to 2016, and then at Houston in 2018. Briles joined Sam Pittman’s staff at Arkansas in 2020.