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Texas Tech hires Kingsbury

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - Updated: 6:30 PM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech hired one of its own Wednesday, bringing back former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury to become the head coach.

Kingsbury was offered the job in the afternoon and Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the news with a video posted on Twitter not long after.

"Wreck 'em Tech," Kingsbury said in the video, giving the school's Guns Up sign when the camera panned to him.

Kingsbury coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel this year and was the first in a string of record-setting quarterbacks for the Red Raiders under former coach Mike Leach.

He has never been a head coach and at 33, he'll be one of the youngest in major college football.

Kingsbury succeeds Tommy Tuberville, who left unexpectedly last week to take the Cincinnati job. Red Raiders fans never warmed to Tuberville. Texas Tech still emphasized the passing game and the spread offense, but many of Tech fans had a hard time getting past the firing of the popular Leach.

There's no doubt about what kind of offense the Red Raiders will run now. Kingsbury has been part of some of the most prolific offenses in the country the past few years. Texas A&M is third in the nation in total offense at 552 yards per game heading into the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma.

Kingsbury followed Kevin Sumlin to A&M from Houston, where he mentored quarterback Case Keenum and the 2011 Cougars led the nation in total offense, passing offense and scoring.

He is a Texas native from New Braunfels, not far from Austin.

Drafted by the New England Patriots in 2003, Kingsbury played for five NFL teams. He also played in the Canadian and All-American football leagues.

The past two seasons have seen the Red Raiders slide down the stretch. This year they lost four of their last five games and in 2011 they dropped five straight to close the season for the program's first losing season since 1992. Under Tuberville, Texas tech did not have a winning Big 12 season.

The Red Raiders play Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28 in Houston.

Chris Thomsen, who led the offensive line under Tuberville, will coach the bowl game.

     

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