Kingsbury’s Meteoric Rise

Kliff Kingsbury reportedly has deal in place to become offensive coordinator at USC
Kliff Kingsbury standing on the field before a game against Iowa State. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

Multiple reports Thursday said that USC has agreed to a deal in principle with former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury to lead the Trojans’ underachieving offense. A USC spokesman said that there was no announcement about the coaching staff.

Kingsbury, 39, went 35-40 in six seasons as head coach at his alma mater. His offenses were consistently prolific running Kingsbury’s take on the “Air Raid” system he learned as a player from then-Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Kingsbury was Leach’s first starting quarterback at Texas Tech as he installed his system with the Red Raiders.

Kingsbury bounced around the NFL and the Canadian Football League before starting his career as a coach as a quality control assistant at the University of Houston in 2008. By 2010 he was co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2012, he took over as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M and coached Johnny Manziel to the Heisman Trophy that season.

The next year, Texas Tech brought him home to Lubbock as head coach.

During his time at Texas Tech, he tutored numerous quarterbacks who are now NFL starters, including the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield (who later transferred to Oklahoma and won the 2017 Heisman).

Bringing on Kingsbury would represent a bold move by Helton, a sign that he is willing to make major changes to the Trojans’ offense to move the program forward after a 5-7 season.

Kingsbury’s wide-open spread system would have talent to work with in quarterback JT Daniels and wide receivers Michael Pittman Jr., Tyler Vaughns and Amon-ra St. Brown. Running back Stephen Carr is a talented player who has yet to show it consistently at USC.

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Gabby
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What we would all like to hear is a statement announcing KK the new head coach

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Hey Gabby how are you feeling about KK? I’m not for him or against him. I dont like that his style could potentially lead to quick 3 & outs making our defense to be on the field a lot more and would not go well against a Stanford team or Wisconsin team who controls the clock. But i do think if he had some Elite Offensive Tackles to work with it could spell doom for our opponents to keep up with our athletic speedy WRs and then try to stay home for the run. I hear the hold up is… Read more »

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When I first heard about KK possibly being fired I was hoping SC would pick him up. USC needs to update the Helton offense which wants to be run oriented but never is. There is so much talent it is scarey to think what KK could do with it and the talent he alone could bring in.

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The article simply demonstrates the difference between the media presence in LA versus Texas. It also demonstrates the weakness of SC, which does not have a lot of leverage in these negotiations. For reasons I have already stated, I still remain very skeptical that KK comes. I think he is negotiating for another job and using the SC publicity to that end. Hope I am wrong.

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Boy at this point SC will look pretty inept if they fail to land him. Hope you’re wrong but I wouldn’t be surprised.

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I don’t think Kingsbury wants to be associated with Helton on any plane. Bad for his career.

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This is USC of the new era. They won’t hire Kingsburry. That would make sense. They will hire the waterboy from Texas Tech who actually carried the playbook for Kingsburry. After all he’s as familiar with the playbook as most of the team and he does know H2o.

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What are you talking about? They have a $2 million contract in front of him. I guess that shows you that SC isn’t interested????

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Is this coming from your fly on the wall….just asking!