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December 13, 2012

Red Raiders get young gun in Kingsbury

LUBBOCK, Texas — 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 was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, coaching 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.

Not long after Kingsbury was hired former Texas Tech receiver Danny Amendola, now with the Los Angeles Rams, tweeted: “We jus got our swagger back. Wreck em TECH. Lets ride.”

Hocutt was set to fly back to Austin with Kingsbury, athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said.

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 under Tuberville, but many 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. His offenses spread the field and move quickly, favoring the up-tempo that is all the rage. Texas A&M is third in the nation in total offense at 552 yards per game heading into the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma.

Before Tuberville came to West Texas, the Red Raiders had two coaches in 24 years — Spike Dykes and Leach. Kingsbury becomes their second coach in four years.

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