Texas Tech dismisses Kliff Kingsbury after six seasons

Texas Tech dismisses Kliff Kingsbury after six seasons

Posted: Nov 25, 2018 11:18 AM Updated:
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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas Tech confirmed that Kliff Kingsbury has been fired after six seasons as the team's head coach. Athletic Director, Kirby Hocutt, will begin a national search for a new head coach.

With a fractured fanbase still reeling from the firing of Mike Leach, Tech looked to one of its own. The first Air Raid quarterback, Kingsbury returned to Lubbock for his first head coaching job after the departure of Tommy Tuberville. He was hired in 2012 after a breakout season at Texas A&M where he helped develop Heisman Trophy-winner and NFL first round pick QB, Johnny Manziel.

Over six seasons, he had a 35-40 overall record, and was 19-35 in conference. Kingsbury developed multiple Red Raider QB’s who ended up playing in the NFL including Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb, as well as a handful of other Red Raiders now in the pros.

In his first season in 2013, Kingsbury led the Red Raiders to the Holiday Bowl where they defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils 37 to 23. Two years later, the team made an appearance in the Texas Bowl where they fell to the LSU Tigers 56-27. In 2017 after Texas Tech defeated Texas in the final game of the season to become bowl eligible, they played the South Florida Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl and fell 38-34. They had a 24-17 lead late, but were outscored 21-10 in the final quarter. The team was 1-2 in bowl games during Kingsbury’s tenure.

Well-known for his offensive schemes, Kingsbury led the Red Raiders to be the 3rd ranked offense in the country in yards per game this season, averaging 352.2 which is only behind Ohio State (363.5) and Washington State (400.5).

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