Texas Tech waits for Kings­bury to get pro­gram run­ning

Five years af­ter be­ing hired, pop­u­lar coach’s record is only 30-33.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Schuyler Dixon

Kliff Kings­bury is still pop­u­lar at Texas Tech, five years af­ter his hir­ing as coach uni­fied a frac­tured foot­ball pro­gram at his alma mater.

As much as fans on the West Texas plains want one of their own to suc­ceed, pa­tience wanes with just two win­ning sea­sons and a los­ing over­all record head- ing into the for­mer quar­ter­back’s sixth year.

Once dubbed “Coach Cool” be­cause of ador­ing stu­dents, his sun­glasses on the side­line and a per­pet­ual 5 o’clock shadow, Kings­bury feels the ur­gency, with or with­out his ath­letic di­rec­tor say­ing the Red Raiders should be rel­e­vant in the Big 12 cham­pi­onship race ev­ery Novem­ber.

Though that hasn’t hap­pened un­der Kings­bury, Kirby Ho­cutt de­clared im­me­di­ately af­ter Texas Tech beat Texas last Novem­ber that the coach he put in charge of a pro­gram for the first time at age 33, with just two years of ex­pe­ri­ence as an of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, would re­turn for an­other sea­son. Kings­bury’s con­tract runs through 2020.

“I un­der­stand that what we’ve been the last cou­ple of years isn’t good enough, record-wise,” Kings­bury told The As­so­ci­ated Press a few weeks be­fore the start of spring prac­tice, which wraps up Satur­day. “And we have to show im­prove­ment. That comes with the ter­ri­tory. Be­ing an alum of Texas Tech, I want it as much as any­body if not more.”

Hired af­ter Johnny Manziel

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Fans have been pa­tient with coach Kliff Kings­bury, 38, be­cause he played for the Red Raiders and con­nects well with the area. But his record is 3033 head­ing into his sixth sea­son.

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