Kliff Kingsbury: Texas A&M OC Should Be Texas Tech's Prime Target for Head Coach

Ian Berg@@ShugJordanPkwyCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2012

Nov 17, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury coaches against the Sam Houston State Bearkats during the first half at Kyle Field. Texas A&M won 47-28. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday Yahoo! Sports reported that Tommy Tuberville was leaving Texas Tech for Cincinnati. The Red Raiders are now looking for a new head coach, but they shouldn’t have to travel too far to land their guy. 

With the amazing work that Kliff Kingsbury has done at Houston and Texas A&M, it is time for his alma mater to come calling. Kingsbury was the Red Raiders quarterback during the 1998-2002 seasons. He finished his career playing in 43 total games. 

Now before you think that seems too farfetched, imagine what this guy could do if he landed in Lubbock. He is a bright star in the SEC leading the best offense in the country’s toughest conference. 

His quarterback is contending for the Heisman and could become the first freshman winner in trophy history. Kingsbury could be a great fit for the Red Raiders. 

Kingsbury has been in coaching since the 2008 season when he joined the Houston staff as an offensive quality control assistant. 

After playing for years in the Texas Tech “Air Raid” system, he learned how to coach the system under Dana Holgorsen at Houston, eventually becoming the Houston offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach when Holgorsen departed for Oklahoma State. 

In his one season guiding the Houston offense, the Cougars led the country, averaging over 600 yards of offense and scoring more than 50 points a game. 

Now Kingsbury is coaching freshman Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. Manziel has become a living legend in college football, putting together the best single season by a freshman quarterback ever. Manziel is also a Heisman finalist to finish 2012. 

In the past three seasons, Kingsbury has become one of the premier offensive minds in the game. He is the leading coordinator in the SEC right now with the most explosive offense coming out of College Station in 2012. 

Texas Tech would be wise to seal up Kingsbury now and grab one of college football’s young rising stars. 

Kingsbury is only six years removed from pro football. He understands what it takes to get there and how to develop players to get to that level. That is a major selling point for a program on the recruiting trail. 

With the departure of Tommy Tuberville after three short years and the mess that Mike Leach left behind, the Red Raiders need a son of the program to return. They need someone that understands the program and the people in Lubbock. 

Mike Leach never really fit in—neither did Tuberville. 

Bring home Kingsbury and the Red Raiders will be back on their way to the top of the Big 12 conference and 10-win seasons.