Kingsbury Returns To Lubbock
By Dan Harralson
DALLAS — There's a new sheriff in town; his name is Kliff Kingsbury.
Kingsbury replaces the departed Tommy Tuberville, who left for Cincinnati during a recruiting dinner.
Kingsbury knows a little bit about the quarterback position and the Big 12 conference. The 33-year-old, first-time head coach returns to his alma mater, where he played quarterback from 1998-2002.
After a few stints filling roster spots in the NFL, he quickly got into the coaching profession by joining Kevin Sumlin's Houston staff in 2008. Kingsbury, named Houston's co-offensive coordinator for the 2010 season, got promoted to Sumlin's full-time offensive coordinator when they made the move to Texas A&M last season.
"The first couple days you get the job, you sit in your office, what do I do next? It's been amazing. The reception we've had for Texas Tech and watching all the fans get back on board and pushing this program in the right direction has been incredible," Kingsbury told Football.com and reporters at Big 12 media days about taking over at Texas Tech.
The amazement of having the job will end soon with fall camp nearing, Kingsbury has to find a quarterback to amaze on the field.
"We were really pleased with Michael Brewer and Davis Webb's progress in the spring. Those guys kind of separated themselves from the rest of the pack," Kingsbury said.
Finding a quarterback will help the cause of getting Texas Tech back to the heights of the Mike Leach era in Lubbock. Leach went 84-43 from 2000-09 and is the school's all-time winningest coach. One of Leach's quarterback's during his tenure, Sonny Cumbie, now has taken the reigns of co-offensive coordinator under Kingsbury.
"The heights Coach Leach took that program (Texas Tech), that's hard to repeat. That's something that had never been done out there," Kingsbury said.
You can expect the fast-paced spread attack to remain in Lubbock.
"We definitely want a guy who can move and escape the pocket and really extend the play down the field," Kingsbury said.