After starting out the 2013 campaign with a bang, the Texas Tech Red Raiders haven’t been shooting their guns much during the past year.
Kliff Kingsbury‘s squad is 4-11 since Oct. 26 of 2013. However, Texas Tech rewarded the coach with a three-year extension prior to the start of this season that made him the fourth-highest paid head coach in the Big 12 Conference.
Despite the team’s sluggish play this season, Texas Tech athletic Kirby Hocutt isn’t suffering from buyer’s remorse.
“Obviously disappointing,” Hocutt told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal‘s Don Williams when asked his thoughts on the season. “I think we’d all hoped to be in a different position than we are right now. With that being said, I would say I’m just as optimistic about the future of Texas Tech football as I was at the beginning of the year.”
“Disappointing” might be a bit of an understatement.
The Red Raiders are currently 3-6 and face the No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners Saturday. Another loss knocks them out of bowl contention. But with Oklahoma and the No. 12 Baylor Bears still on the schedule, it seems impossible for Texas Tech to win out in order to make a bowl trip this year.
The team’s three wins came against the Central Arkansas Bears, UTEP Miners and the Big 12’s doormat, the Kansas Jayhawks. The margin of victory from those three games was only a combined 24 points. Definitely disappointing.
This level of play wasn’t expected when the program hired its prodigal son and one of the most brilliant offensive minds in college football. Although, Kingsbury shouldn’t have to worry much about Hocutt regretting his decision and making a change sooner rather than later.
“Kliff is a leader,” Hocutt said. “Kliff is a winner. Kliff has a plan. We’re going to be just fine in the long run, but I think anybody associated with Texas Tech football would say ‘disappointed’ as to how we feel about the 2014 season.
“Again, I want to come back to continuity and stability. Kansas State, under the leadership of Bill Snyder, didn’t get to where it is today overnight. He’s been saying the exact same things, teaching the same things, for 20 years. It’s happened over a period of time.”