Raiders’ best bet not too far away

Kings­bury’s just 33, but he’d be a pop­u­lar choice at Texas Tech.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Bohls

I got ya be­fore I go on two weeks’ va­ca­tion, here are nine things and one crazy pre­dic­tion:

1. If it were me, I think I’d hire Kliff Kings­bury as the new Texas Tech head foot­ball coach, whether he’s ready or not. He’s only 33, with just three years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a col­lege of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, but the re­sults are im­pres­sive, and Dar­rell Royal was 32 when Texas hired him. Kings­bury would be a pop­u­lar choice among the Red Raider fan base and is on Tech’s short list to re­place Tom Tu­berville. Clem­son of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Chad Mor­ris also is on the list. “There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween 44 (Mor­ris’ age) and 33,” a high-pro­file Tech source said. Mor­ris would be a safer choice, but if Kings­bury suc­ceeds else­where, ath­letic di­rec­tor Kirby Ho­cutt is tak­ing a risk. Tech looked at Sonny Dykes, who last week ac­cepted the Cal job, but the source said he didn’t think Dykes would come “be­cause he gave his word to Cal.” A huge buy­out would pre­clude Tech from pur­su­ing Bay­lor’s Art Briles, and Clem­son de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Brent Ven­ables is a pos­si­bil­ity. In a side note, Texas Tech is try­ing to sched­ule a home-and-home foot­ball se­ries with Texas A&M, but the source said the Ag­gies right now are not in­ter­ested be­cause “there’d be less to gain” than a se­ries with Texas.

2. Texas is ap­par­ently fo­cus­ing on re­cruit­ing ju­nior col­lege quar­ter­backs and es­pe­cially Iowa West­ern dual threat Jake Wa­ters, who com­pleted 73 per­cent of his passes and threw for 39 touch­downs with only three in­ter­cep­tions for the na­tional cham­pi­ons. With the midterm en­roll­ment of Ty­rone Swoopes, Mack Brown will have five quar­ter-

Run­ning back DeMarco Mur­ray leaps for a sec­ond-quar­ter touch­down to pull the Cow­boys into a 10-all tie against the Ben­gals. Mur­ray rushed for 53 yards in the 20-19 vic­tory.

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