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Homecoming: A&M’s Kingsbury hired as Tuberville’s successor

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Four days after Tommy Tuberville stunned most everyone — including some potential recruits — by leaving Texas Tech for Cincinnati, Tech has found its new head coach.

And, as it turns out, it won’t take him long to get acclimated to Lubbock.

In a move that was initially announced on Twitter by athletic director Kirby Hocutt, the school has confirmed the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury as the Red Raiders’ new head football coach.

The move will prove wildly popular in Lubbock; Kingsbury was a prolific quarterback for the Red Raiders from 1998-2002, setting myriad school passing marks under Mike Leach his last two seasons.

Kingsbury’s meteoric rise to the head coach of a BCS-level football program is nothing short of astonishing.  His first coaching job at the collegiate level was at Houston — as a quality control coach.  Two years later, he was co-offensive coordinator with the Cougars, followed by his first solo coordinator job at Texas A&M in 2012.  Less than a year later, the 33-year-old has landed his first head coaching job.

In his first and only season in College Station — which was also A&M’s first in the defense-heavy SEC — Kingsbury directed one of the most prolific offenses in the country.  The Aggies are currently third in the nation in scoring offense (44.8 points per game) and total offense (552.3 yards per game).

And, of course, there’s also that whole Heisman thing, which certainly didn’t hurt Kingsbury’s résumé.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris also interviewed for the Tech job, and both he and Kingsbury have been considered the front-runners the past couple of days.

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18 Responses to “Homecoming: A&M’s Kingsbury hired as Tuberville’s successor”
  1. coryfor3 says: Dec 12, 2012 7:34 PM

    Filing under “things that make me feel old.”

  2. gorilladunk says: Dec 12, 2012 8:23 PM

    I’m happy for Tech but I see this as having “failure” written all over it. This guy was breaking down film three years ago and now he’s the HC. If they give him time, he might grow into it, but I see a rough few years for the Raiders. I guess he’ll hire the grad assistant that Tubbs knocked the headset off of as the new defensive coordinator.

  3. thegamecocker says: Dec 12, 2012 8:30 PM

    Probably should have gone with Chad Morris. He’s a little more seasoned than Kingsbury. The good news is that he is a Leach disciple.

  4. ronin262 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:37 PM

    Congratulations to Coach Kingsbury. Coaching at his alma mater will be a labor of love and hopefully he has great success. He certainly did well as an offensive coordinator this year.

  5. deucez2 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:11 PM

    @thegamecocker

    You’re right, they probably should’ve hired Morris but his buyout at Clemson was 6 million. This move also helps both save face and buys more time for the AD Hocutt. He can write off a few losing seasons (if they happen) as growing pains and helps him look like the good guy after the Leach debacle.

  6. thegamecocker says: Dec 12, 2012 9:18 PM

    Agree! Gives the AD a PR win.

  7. vols84 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:19 PM

    The Pirate has cast a spell on that program. Can’t win there anymore.

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 12, 2012 9:22 PM

    This Aggie says thanks Kliff. You helped JFF win a Heisman. Best of luck in the future, and I hope you can bring a little class to Lubbock and Tard University. I’ll forever remember this moment:

    http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s637/mattvacek/Helicopter.gif

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 12, 2012 10:14 PM

    Chad Morris is an Aggie, btw. Aggies need an OC.

  10. gatorprof says: Dec 12, 2012 10:15 PM

    Wow… Best of luck to Kliff, but there is a huge jump from being an OC for a year to taking over the reigns of a D1 program. A program is disarray.

  11. rsmeans says: Dec 13, 2012 4:23 AM

    I realize that he is a TT graduate and probably lonesome for home but he made a big mistake in taking a HC job in the Little12. All of the teams in the Little 12 are a dying breed with no future chance for a NC. Texas AM will win one soon and he could eventually got an SEC job. Any SEC job except for Kentucky, Tennessee and Vandy is better than the best job in the Little12.

  12. cougred says: Dec 13, 2012 8:20 AM

    No reason for Aggie fans to get upset at this. They stole everyone of UH’s coaches just about in kind of a low class way right before a big game.

    It’s just the life of good coaches in NCAA football

  13. florida727 says: Dec 13, 2012 8:20 AM

    A long time ago a person who I respect tremendously told me, “if you really want to be successful, surround yourself with people that are smarter than you are”. I think if Kingsbury surrounds himself with the right people, it’ll more than make up for his lack of head coaching experience. He’ll probably, maybe obviously, act as his own offensive coordinator, so position coaches will be key. He should focus early on, on bringing in the best defensive mind he can get too.

    I don’t know him, or really anything about him, but he seems like a good guy that’s getting a shot at a dream scenario. I wish him luck. Maybe more so, we should wish opposing defenses luck. This guy might be the first in FBS history to average 1,000 yards of total offense per game!

  14. ghelba2 says: Dec 13, 2012 8:49 AM

    @rsmeans sorry but u sound like u have been drinking a lit of hatorade on the Big 12 not sure what ur issue is with the conference but when 90% of the conference make a bowl game I think that says a hell of a lot. in regard to NC u have no idea what u are talking about K-State would of been there this yr if not slipping up against Baylor West Virginia will be there in the future same as Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma St, TCU just wait till Florida St comes over as well

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2012 10:03 AM

    @cougred….

    First off, if you thought that Sumlin would make it to 2012 at UH after 12-0 in 2011, you’re naive.

    Second, I don’t see a single post from an Aggie that is upset at Kinsgbury for leaving.

    Most Aggies are very thankful for what he’s done in just 1 year, which the effects of will be felt for years to come. The Aggies have nabbed the #1 player in Texas for 2014, just 3 days after they nabbed the #1 player in Texas for 2013.

    Ags need to pony up now and buyout Morris, and bring the Aggie back home. As Manziel said on twitter last night, “pay the man, he can straight ball”

  16. v2the4 says: Dec 13, 2012 10:48 AM

    congrats to Kliff Kingsbury for his first head coaching job at his alma matter, Texas Tech….this is a great hire for Tech because he will take over where Leach left off offensively and he is sold on the spread, whereas Tommy Tubberville, an old school football pundit from the sec, hated the spread….I bet he goes back to the I formation at Cincinnati.

    If Tech can continue to shore up their defense, they have the athletes to compete with the big boys in the big 12 and can get that program in the upper half of the conference again.

    rsmeans…you think 9 of the 12 sec schools are better jobs than all 10 of the Big 12 schools? dude, you have been smoking some of the washington st or colorado weed, or havent taken your medicine……the only marquee jobs in the sec, and the only place you can win a NC are at Alabama, LSU, and Florida. Texas A&M, Georgia and South Carolina are in the next tier.

    it lines up with the big 12’s marquee jobs, and the only place you can win NC are at Texas and OU…Okie St last year was a once in 10 year squad, so was this years K-State team….TCU is a good job, and Patterson has been in two BCS bowl games and will compete with UT and OU…they open with LSU next season at cowboys stadium.

  17. ancientcougar says: Dec 13, 2012 8:19 PM

    As an old Cougar, I really wanted Kliff as the UH
    coach.
    I don’t think we would have fallen as far and as fast with Kingsbury. I understand Levine is smart; he needs to learn real fast. Get some money to attract some seasoned assistants or he will be in big trouble next year.

  18. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 13, 2012 11:19 PM

    “the only place you can win a NC are at Alabama, LSU, and Florida.”

    I don’t want to pick knits, but I believe Auburn won a Natty, and if Auburn can win a Natty, A&M sure as hell can, now that the University of DeLoss can’t skew the playing field against A&M anymore.

    That being said, best wishes to KK. He killed my team as a QB under Leach. I hated him. Much respect, I hope he does well. I wouldn’t bet against him.

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