April 17th, 2013 11:00 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Texas A&M
Tags: Johnny Manziel, Mike Leach, Red Raider, Texas Tech
When Tommy Tuberville surprised everyone by jumping the first train from Lubbock to Cincinnati last December, Texas Tech officials turned to one of their own when searching for a new head coach. Kliff Kingsbury played at Tech under Mike Leach. He still ranks near the top of all the Red Raider passing categories — yards, touchdowns, completions. And now he’s being hailed as the savior of Texas Tech football.
Kingsbury had spent the previous five seasons working under Kevin Sumlin, first at Houston and then, last season, at Texas A&M. In College Station he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, tutoring some fella named Johnny Manziel.
But Kingsbury’s new boss — Tech AD Kirby Hocutt — wants everyone to know where his new coach’s heart has always remained, telling CBSSports.com:
“Kliff was never an Aggie. Ask him.”
Sounds like a little playful gig, but you can be sure some out there have taken offense.
Hocutt went on to say that Tech would “love to play A&M in every sport (but) nothing is in conversation right now.” Asked why the schools aren’t talking, he added: “You’re not going to bait me there. Hopefully someday those conversations can begin.”
One suspects Kingsbury would have no problem facing Texas A&M. After all, he was never an Aggie. Just ask him.
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