Kings­bury re­turns to Red Raiders as coach

Former quar­ter­back guided Manziel as A&M as­sis­tant.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Kliff Kings­bury, 33, will be one of the youngest coaches.

LUB­BOCK — Texas Tech hired one of its own Wed­nes­day, bring­ing back former Red Raiders quar­ter­back Kliff Kings­bury to be­come the head coach.

Kings­bury was of­fered the job in the af­ter­noon and Texas Tech ath­letic di­rec­tor Kirby Ho­cutt an­nounced the news with a video posted on Twit­ter not long af­ter.

“Wreck ‘em Tech,” Kings­bury said in the video, giv­ing the school’s Guns Up sign when the cam­era panned to him.

Kings­bury was the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Texas A&M, coach­ing Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Johnny Manziel, this year and was the first in a string of record-set­ting quar­ter­backs for the Red Raiders un­der former coach Mike Leach.

He has never been a head coach and at 33, he’ll be one of the youngest in ma­jor col­lege foot­ball.

Not long af­ter Kings­bury was hired former Texas Tech re­ceiver Danny Amen­dola, now with the Los An­ge­les Rams, tweeted: “We jus got our swag­ger back. Wreck em TECH. Lets ride.”

Kings­bury suc­ceeds Tommy Tu­berville, who left un­ex­pect­edly last week to take the Cincin­nati job. Red Raiders fans never warmed to Tu­berville. Texas Tech still em­pha­sized the pass­ing game and the spread of­fense un­der Tu­berville, but many Tech fans had a hard time get­ting past the fir­ing of the pop­u­lar Leach.

There’s no doubt about what kind of of­fense the Red Raiders will run now. Kings­bury has been part of some of the most prolific of­fenses in the coun­try the past few years. His of­fenses spread the field and move quickly, fa­vor­ing the up­tempo that is all the rage. Texas A&M is third in the na­tion in to­tal of­fense at 552 yards per game head­ing into the Cot­ton Bowl against Ok­la­homa.

Be­fore Tu­berville came to West Texas, the Red Raiders had two coaches in 24 years — Spike Dykes and Leach. Kings­bury be­comes their sec­ond coach in four years.

Kings­bury will work with sopho­more quar­ter­back Michael Brewer, this sea­son’s backup to Seth Doege.

Kings­bury fol­lowed Kevin Sum­lin to A&M from Hous­ton, where he men­tored quar­ter­back Case Keenum and the 2011 Cougars led the na­tion in to­tal of­fense, pass­ing of­fense and scor­ing.

He is a Texas na­tive from New Braun­fels.

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