Cliff Kingsbury fired by Texas Tech after losing record in six years
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Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury looks up to the video card in the second half of the team’s NCAA college football match against Baylor on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (19659007) LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Cliff Kingsbury was fired Sunday by Texas Tech after the former record setting Red Raider’s quarterback had a losing
Athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the move after the meeting with Kingsbury one day after Red Raiders ended their third consecutive losing season with 35-24 loss to Baylor when they had a chance to get the bowl qualified. It was their fifth straight loss after a 5-2 start this year.
“I would like to thank Kliff Kingsbury for his six-year commitment that led our football program,” Hocutt said. Worked very hard and represented us in a first-class way. “
Kingsbury ended with a 35-40 overall record, a .467 winning percentage better than just two of the other 14 Texas Tech coaches in the history of the program.
The Red Raiders were 19-35 in the Big 12 games in Kingsbury, including 3-6 in the conference each of the last three seasons. They have been running nine consecutive seasons without a winning record in the Big 12 play.
After starting 7-0 in Kingsbury debut in 2013, Red Raiders became 8-5. They had a five-match loss line before signing the Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl to attract what ended his best season.
“For what he achieved and contributed to Texas Tech, as athlete, a student and our football coach, Kliff Kingsbury has a special place in the heart of Red Raiders,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. “As a coach he was a model of class and character, and he always puts the best interests of his student first. I admire and appreciate all he did for Texas Tech. “
Kingsbury was only 33 when he took over as head coach for his alma mater after Tommy Tuberville’s unexpected departure after the 2012 season.
By that time, Kingsbury came of his only season As Offensive Co-ordinator of Texas A & M in 2012, when Aggie’s quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Kingsbury had previously coached Case Keenum in Houston.
Kingsbury specialty is quarterback, the position he played for 43 games at Texas Tech while throwing for 12,429 yards and 95 touchdowns from 1999-2002.
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Texas Tech’s starting quarterbacks during Kingsbury include Baker Mayfield, Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes.
In Kingsbury’s first match as Tech’s coach in 2013, Mayfield was the one first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season-opener for an FBS team. Mayfield was later transferred to Oklahoma where he was Heisman Faith phy winner and became the first general draft team earlier this year.
Texas Tech used three quarterbacks this season and all ended up injuries.
When junior McLane Carter suffered an ankle injury during the first half of the season opener, true beginner Alan Bowman took over and was the country’s leading passer before he was forced twice this season due to a partially depleted lung. Bowman missed the last three games after throwing 2,638 meters and 17 touchdowns in eight games.
Bowman tweeted after Saturday’s match as Kingsbury was “the best coach I’ve ever had.” Even a better person. work as he puts in behind closed doors. “