Multiple outlets are reporting that Kliff Kingsbury will be let go as head football coach at Texas Tech University. His dismissal would not necessarily be shocking, as rumors about his job status had been circulating all week heading into Saturday’s contest against the Baylor Bears. The Red Raiders were hoping to get their sixth win for bowl eligibility, but fell short 35-24.
There was immediate speculation that Kingsbury had just coached his last game. Nothing has yet been made official by the university, but per TV news station KENS 5 in San Antonio, the embattled head coach will no longer be walking the sidelines for the Red Raiders:
Sources tell KENS 5 that Kliff Kingsbury is OUT as head coach of the Red Raiders. Texas Tech finished the season on a five-game losing skid. https://t.co/pQBOA5EzJN
— KENS 5 (@KENS5) November 24, 2018
As head coach for the Red Raiders, Kingsbury struggled to consistently get his team above .500 on the season and never had a winning record in Big 12 play. After the loss in Arlington, he fell to 35-40 as a head coach, including a 19-35 mark in conference games.
Kingsbury came to Texas Tech following the departure of then-head coach Tommy Tubberville, who moved on to Cincinnati after struggling to make things work in Lubbock. Although he was only 33 years old, Kingsbury, an Air Raid quarterback for Mike Leach at Texas Tech in the early 2000s, was signed on following his success as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Texas A&M.
His inaugural season in 2013, where the Red Raiders went 8-5 with a bowl win, would end up being the most successful season of his tenure in Lubbock.
UPDATE: Don Williams with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is confirming that Kliff Kingsbury has been let go.
Kliff Kingsbury will not return as Texas Tech football coach next season. Confirmed with a source.
— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) November 25, 2018