MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Back in July at the annual Big 12 football media days event in Dallas, someone chose Kerry Hyder to answer one of those random-sampling surveys that are interesting to read, but seldom very insightful.
Among the questions Texas Tech's fifth-year, all-conference defensive end was asked were what other team and coach he would like to play for besides his own.
Hyder didn't hesitate. West Virginia and Dana Holgorsen, he said. His answer wasn't all that surprising given that Holgorsen spent eight formative years as an assistant at Tech under Mike Leach.
"He'd left [by the time Hyder arrived in 2009], but he's still got a little Tech in him,'' Hyder said. "And if I was going to go somewhere, I'd want to go play for somebody who had some Tech in him.''
Well, here's the thing, though. If Hyder wanted to play for a former Tech coach, boy does he have options. Now in his fifth season in Lubbock, Hyder is playing for his third head coach and his fifth defensive coordinator.
So the college football landscape is littered with guys who have at least "a little bit of Tech in them.''
"Yeah, it's a little different,'' Hyder said of the revolving door of coaches he's played for in his five seasons. "But the transition's gotten a little easier each year.''
When No. 16 Tech (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) plays at noon Saturday in Morgantown against West Virginia (3-3, 1-2), Hyder will be playing for head coach Kliff Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt.
Kingsbury follows Tommy Tuberville, who was at Tech for three seasons after Leach, whose staff recruited Hyder.
Ruffin McNeill was the defensive coordinator under Leach during Hyder's true freshman season, but left when Leach was fired. In his three seasons, Tuberville made it an annual ritual to change defensive bosses, going through James Willis, Chad Glasgow and Art Kaufman. Kingsbury then brought in Wallerstedt.
A bit unnerving to the players to keep changing bosses? Well, yes and no, said Hyder.