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Reggie Pearson talks about cultural change under Joey McGuire

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Whenever a new head coach takes over the program, we hear a lot about new attitudes and new cultures. It feels real when footballers talk about their new attitude under first-year head coach Joey McGuire.

Perhaps there is no better player to discuss the culture of a football program than Red Raider safety Reggie Pearson. After all, he started his career in Wisconsin, where the program’s winning culture has been ingrained for years, and now plays as his second head coach at Texas Tech University. So he has seen both sides of the cultural spectrum.

On Friday, Pearson was interviewed by Lubbock radio host Rob Blow at Texas Tech’s Media Day and shared some surprising things about the cultural differences between the Matt Wells era and the beginning of the Joey McGuire era. At the University of Wisconsin, he told me that he was expected to win 10 games each year, and what the culture was like when he arrived at Texas Tech a year ago. rice field.

“Coming here, when I first came here, it was a different atmosphere,” he said. I guess I didn’t really understand the psyche…come here, everybody’s used to losing to certain teams, and when you play against certain teams, you see that. I didn’t really get it because of the fear and the unwillingness to play and things like that.

“But thankfully that has changed. We are confident. It’s one of the things.”

What Pearson’s remarks tell us is the insight he gave into attitudes during the Matt Wells era. And he made it clear that Wells had failed to achieve his one of his main goals.

From the moment Wells arrived, he started talking about having a program of ‘we, us, us’. did. But, according to Pearson, it didn’t materialize, at least not to the extent that Wells had hoped. When Pearson arrived, he felt the program was “individualized.”

However, further accusing Wells was Pearson’s comment that the program was afraid of playing against certain teams. That’s not the attitude you want for your program, it’s an indictment to a former head coach who never changed the direction of this program.

Now, to be fair, the underdog mentality that has dominated Texas Tech football for the past decade existed long before anyone in West Texas heard of Matt Wells. It started with Tommy Tuberville and continued during the Cliff Kingsbury era.

Still, it was Wells’ job to try to change that attitude, and he didn’t. In fact, he’s never won back-to-back Big 12s, so he may have been even worse than when he arrived.

Thankfully, the program seems to be undergoing a cultural shift under McGuire. Of course, that could all change once the team experiences its first adversity with the new coaching staff.

But that Pearson recognizes the difference and feels the tide has turned, at least when it comes to expectations and confidence in the team, is a great sign and a testament to how the current coaching staff has changed attitudes inside the locker room. I’m here.

That’s why Joey McGuire was brought here. He is not known for his Xs and Os guru or elite tactician. Rather, he has a reputation as a motivator and program builder. That’s what we desperately need.

Hopefully, Pearson’s words are more indicative of real change within the halls of the football building, rather than just another example of the common talking point we hear when a new coaching staff is put in place. That’s because, more than anything else, this program is in dire need of a new attitude if returning to good standing is in the cards.