Texas Tech has fired coach Kliff Kingsbury after the Purple Raiders accomplished with a third consecutive shedding season, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has often called a info conference for 3 p.m. ET Sunday.
Kingsbury had a 35-40 file over six seasons, along with a 35-24 loss to Baylor on Saturday, which saved the Purple Raiders from reaching bowl eligibility. Kingsbury had two years left on his contract with a $4.2 million buyout.
North Texas head coach Seth Littrell and Troy head coach Neal Brown, who’re every former Texas Tech assistants, should be strong candidates for Hocutt, who would possibly moreover pursue Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Hocutt and Venables roomed collectively as teammates at Kansas State. Completely different potentialities would possibly embody Utah State head coach Matt Wells and Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, who was Hocutt’s place coach at Kansas State.
Kingsbury’s tenure in Lubbock began with rather a lot promise in 2013. With future No. 1 basic draft select Baker Mayfield at quarterback, the Purple Raiders acquired their first seven video video games to climb into the very best 10 of the polls. Nevertheless from there, Texas Tech misplaced 5 in a row, and certainly not completely regained its footing under Kingsbury. Mayfield ended up transferring to Oklahoma.
Following the hire of defensive coordinator David Gibbs, the Purple Raiders lastly made dramatic enchancment defensively this season after ending ultimate inside the nation in entire safety in 2016. Nevertheless after a strong 5-2 start, which included avenue victories at Oklahoma State and TCU, the Purple Raiders gentle as soon as extra down the stretch. Dropping true freshman quarterback Alan Bowman to a collapsed lung significantly diminished Kingsbury’s offense — most notably ultimate week, when the Purple Raiders managed solely 181 yards in a 21-6 loss at Kansas State. All instructed, the Purple Raiders wound up juggling three quarterbacks along with Jett Duffey and McLane Carter, who’ve been every hampered by quite a few accidents.
“We had a quarterback having fun with at an elite diploma. Truly, should you occur to take a look at Bowman, I have no idea if I’ve ever seen an actual freshman play larger, and kind of the run he had,” Kingsbury instructed reporters after the Baylor sport. “Merely weren’t able to recapture sort of how now we have been rolling, and that was highly effective. That’s on the coach to confirm whoever’s the quarterback, you’ll maintain that, nevertheless that’s arduous should you occur to lose a person who’s having fun with at that sort of elite diploma on this league. It’s arduous to keep up up.”
Kingsbury moreover recruited, signed and developed Patrick Mahomes, who leads the NFL with 37 touchdown passes in his second season with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. Mahomes was in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday to take a look at his alma mater.
Thanks @TTUKingsbury for all of the items you have gotten executed for me and Texas Tech Faculty! You believed in me when just a few people did and helped me transform the quarterback and particular person i am within the current day!— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes5) November 24, 2018
As a quarterback for the Purple Raiders himself from 1999 to 2002 under Mike Leach, Kingsbury threw for 12,429 yards, nonetheless the second-highest entire at school historic previous.
Sooner than taking over at Texas Tech, Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator at Houston and Texas A&M, the place he tutored Denver Broncos starter Case Keenum and Aggies 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.