Texas Tech has kicked coach Kliff Kingsbury, one day after 35-24 loss to Baylor in Arlington, Texas, according to several…
Texas Tech has kicked coach Kliff Kingsbury, one day after 35-24 loss to Baylor in Arlington, Texas, according to several reports . Kingsbury told the reporters after the match just that he planned to meet with athletic director Kirby Hocutt for his annual review of the end of the season.
“He has been phenomenal with me and supportive and gave me all I needed to succeed with Texas Tech,” said Kingsbury, according to ESPN. “I have the greatest respect for Kirby and what he has done for this university, and he is the best AD in the country ̵
1; we are all lucky for him.”
Kinsbury, a former Red Raider quarterback from 1998-2002, was 35-40 in six years at the rally of his alma mate and finished under .500 in each of the last three seasons. He coached Texas Tech in three bowling games, which accumulated a 1-2 record.
By seven matches this year, Texas Tech was 5-2, but rising injuries on both sides of the ball contributed to a five-game slip in October and November. Kingsbury was also in the hot spot this time last year when the Red Raiders entered their final match of 5-6. However, a 27-23 victory in Austin against Texas was enough to hold Kingsbury for a year.
As the rumors of Kingsbury’s work status began to swirl since Saturday, some remarkable former Texas Tech players came to Twitter to express their support for Kingsbury.
Kingsbury returned to Lubbock 2013 as a first time head coach after being the offensive coordinator for a season in Texas A & M, where he coached Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. It was part of a meteoric rise for Kingsbury that he coached under Kevin Sumlin in Houston as an assistant from 2008-11.
Kingsbury’s crime was usually near the top of the Big 12 with the Red Raiders who scored at least 35 points per game during four of his six seasons. In one place, Kingsbury supervised three quarterbacks in two years to be developed in NFL: Baker Mayfield, which was transferred to Oklahoma after a season, Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes. Mayfield and Mahomes were the first round in the last two NFL outfits with Mayfield, who went all over 1 to Browns and Mahomes as 10th overall to Chiefs.
But Kingsbury’s time in Lubbock was equally remarkable for lack of defense. Red Raiders never ended higher than seventh in Big 12 total defense and ended by 2016. The appointment of defensive coordinator David Gibbs 2015 gave some consistency and improvement on that side of the ball but could not win despite the offensive matches due to damage under it the past year.
Despite his inability to turn a positive corner to his alma mater, Kingsbury is considered one of the university’s brightest offensive senses and players. When the coach carousel starts to turn around, there is little doubt that Kingsbury will have many options for his next stop.