According to Josh Newberg with 24/7Sports, Texas Tech Defensive Line Coach Kevin Patrick has left the program to fill the same position at North Carolina State.

Texas Tech University later confirmed the report.

Patrick began coaching after graduating from the university of Miami in 1994. He then left the coaching profession before returning in 2008 when he spent five years at USF. After a season at North Texas, Patrick spent a single season with the Red Raiders.

With the help of Patrick, Texas Tech allowed 2,863 rushing yards, which was an improvement from 2015, when the Red Raiders allowed 3,646 yards on the ground.

His leaving leaves a single hole in the Texas Tech coaching staff that will likely be filled before spring football begins in March.

Kevin Patrick wasn't a longtime coach who brought a ton of experience, but he was a proven champion who had a winning attitude. Even with all of the team's defensive problems, there was improvement last season where he was involved.

Patrick is the third position coach to leave the program this spring after Lee Hays and DeShaun Foster left the program this spring.


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