Nick Bromberg (Yahoo Sports) — Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is going to USC.
After reports last week that Kingsbury had talked to the school about being its new offensive coordinator the deal is now done according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.
Clay Helton will presumably be giving those play-calling duties back with Kingsbury as the team’s coordinator. Kingsbury was fired less than two weeks ago as Texas Tech’s head coach. The Red Raiders lost Nov. 24 to Baylor to fall to 5-7 and miss a bowl game.
USC’s record in 2018 was also 5-7 and the Trojans are missing a bowl for the first time since 2000. USC announced Sunday, a day after a loss to USC, that Helton would return in 2019 as the team’s head coach. A significant portion of the USC fanbase became unhappy with Helton throughout the season as the Trojans failed to back up an 11-win season in 2017.
Kingsbury played quarterback at Texas Tech from 1998-2002. He was the team’s head coach for six seasons and had a record of 35-40. Tech was 5-2 through the first seven games of 2018 before losing five straight to end the season.
Kingsbury played under Washington State coach Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2000-02. Kingsbury’s offenses have roots in Leach’s Air Raid system and he was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M in 2012 before he became Texas Tech’s head coach. Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in Kingsbury’s only season at A&M. Kingsbury also coached Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes while at Texas Tech.