Texas Tech Fires Football Coach Kliff Kingsbury
According to the Associated Press and ESPN, Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury has been fired. He was a former record-setting Red Raiders quarterback when he was a student and spent the last 6 years as head coach. During his head coaching tenure, Kingsbury has an overall losing team record.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders finished their third consecutive losing season on Saturday after a 35-24 loss to Baylor. Had they won that game, the team had a shot at being bowl eligible. However, even if the team had pulled out a win, they had already lost 4 in a row which was putting Kingsbury's job on the line.
Over his 6 years as head coach, Kingsbury had a 35-40 record. Kingsbury still had two years remaining on his contract with a $4.2 million buyout.
"It's not based on one game. This type of decision is not based on one season. This decision was made based on a three-year pattern, a three-year pattern of inconsistency," athletic director Kirby Hocutt said during a campus news conference. "We saw progress, but we also saw lapses of progress in key critical areas." "We've had one of the most highly prolific offenses in the nation and we still sit here today with a losing record over the past six years. We've got to be a well-rounded football team. We cannot be one-dimensional and have success in this league."
ESPN reports that Troy head coach Neal Brown and North Texas head coach Seth Littrell are likely candidates for the Texas Tech head coach position. Both coaches are former Red Raider assistant coaches. Along with Brown and Littrell, there are also a handful of other potential candidates across the country.