The Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt, the University’s President, Lawrence Schovanec and a lawyer got on a plane on Wednesday afternoon (flightaware is an amazing tool). The destination was Austin, Texas. They were there to seal the deal with Texas A&M offensive coordinator, Kliff Kingsbury, as the new head coach of their football program. Apparently, Kingsbury grew up and played high school football in nearby New Braunfels, so it was an ideal fit.
Kingsbury, who in my opinion is a fantastic hire, will be returning to Lubbock once again after starting his college career there as the quarterback. Just days ago, Hocutt came out and said that they wanted a coach to take over the program that knows the way West Texas works and would be loyal to the program; Kingsbury oozes both.
Being as young as he is (33), he will connect well with the younger players. He has played in the NFL, so he has that experience to share with them, plus he knows the ins and outs of the University already. Not to mention that he now has a Heisman winning quarterback under his belt with Johnny Manziel. The quarterback he mentored before that was Case Keenum, so you get where I’m going with this.
Pretty sure the air raid is returning to Lubbock.
Aggies head coach, Kevin Sumlin is now one of the ones who now joins the coaching carousel to look for a new offensive coordinator. Kingsbury has worked under Sumlin going back to their days with the Houston Cougars.
Either way, it’s good to see Texas Tech finally get someone in there that I think will have staying power. Good riddance to Tubs.