Kingsbury To The Rescue!

Jul 21, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury poses for a photo during the Big 12 Media Day at the Omni Dallas. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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.

It’s Official!

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Is this done for sure? Can we start getting our haircut like KK or not? 😀

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I can feel the optimism growing here on the site. What a great feeling to get a win, now I wonder if we can get some O linemen to join in.

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I agree. It’s a nice change of pace to see something positive in the football program. Dilly Dilly!

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Waiting for Pendergast to be replaced. If you are going to do a revamp, do it right and get someone in there who can teach defense and not confuse players. Pendergast’s defense and play calling on the “D” is too inconsistent. It gets good results one game and then gets torched another game. And teams score on his defense late in the games.

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And his defense is not physical enough when playing a top team.

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His defensive scheme is exhausting, and made even more so by the reluctance to rotate players. That’s why there are so many breakdowns in the second half. An up-tempo air-raid offense from Kingsbury is going to exacerbate that if we do not change things defensively. With Kingsbury in, I would move on from Clancy and bring in someone who has a more fundamental “bend don’t break” style of defense. Ironically, Justin Wilcox would be the perfect d-coordinator to compliment Kingsbury.

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yep

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I just hope that an NFL team makes him an offer, especially with upcoming coaching changes at seasons end. I feel he’s always had one foot out the door hoping some team will ask him back. I’ve never felt he was fully committed to college and it showed in his recruiting efforts. I wouldn’t lose any sleep if he goes.

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Now that Saint Urban is retiring, perhaps Gregg Schiano would like to move out west.

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Finally some positive news and buzz around the Program. Perception is everything, and whether it works or not in the long run, the short term will tell recruits that we aren’t as down as people think, and Clay can get top people to come work with him. It should get us access to the top playmakers around the country, at least to consider and visit. The success of this move depends on whether stubborn Clay realizes this is his last chance and gives up complete control and he just gets out of the way. Man, so good to win one… Read more »

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L’Chaim !!! AND Mazel Tov!!!
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Let’s hope and pray KK is here to be the next Sean McVay!

Fight On!

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Helton….
‘Gornisht helfn’ Feh!

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It is also being reported by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic that KK agreed with a deal with USC. So, it’ll be Troy’s “Air Raid” versus ‘ruin’s” “Spread”. Exciting anyone! 🏈✌✌😎

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OK, so which is a better get offensively — Chip Kelly to the bRuins or K2 to SC ???

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This is step one towards regaining where we should be. Need to see the rest of the staff and just how much Helton will have his hands involved in the play calling. I think he proved he needs to stay out.

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Time to recapture LA and beyond. .. Trott out KK on Traveler. It will win recruits and be our bowl appearance ……Dec 19

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Now let’s fill the rest of the coaching staff with similarly qualified personnel so the recruiting class will be up to Trojan fan standards!!!

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Thank the Heavens. Jeez.