A few days after Tommy Tuberville spit on Texas Tech by leaving for Cincinnati and the Conference USA (aka the Big East) the Red Raiders may have solved their West Texas issues by hiring 14-year-old Kliff Kingsbury.
(BTW - The 14-year-old comment is a joke. He is a bit young.)
Great hire, provided he can bring Johnny Manziel, Luke Joekel and some of the other players who executed his offense at Texas A&M so well this season.
The good people at Texas Tech did not want to bring in someone who did not understand, or not like, the West Texas culture. It’s a good place, but it’s not for everybody. Tuberville was never crazy about the lifestyle out in the greater Lubbock, tri-state area.
Having played there in college, Kingsburgy (33) knows Texas Tech as well as any coaching candidate ever could. Now all he needs is time, which these days in college football is about five or six games before it's collectively decided he stinks. For instance, if the Red Raiders are 7-0 in Tech’s first five games (not a misprint), Kingsbury should be fine.
Fitzgerald was a linebacker for the Wildcats, and was given the head coaching job at Northwestern in the summer of 2006. He was just 31 when he received the promotion after the tragic death of coach Randy Walker.
Fitzgerald understood Northwestern, and its challenges.
In his first season NU was 4-8. Today the case can be made he is one of the best coaches in the Big 10. The Wildcats are 49-39 under Fitzgerald in seven seasons; they have reached five straight bowl games, and finished 9-3 this season.
NU had to give Fitzgerald time, and in showing some patience they have a coach who has a team with major recruiting disadvantages (i.e. academic entrance requirements) that competes in the Big 10 very well. By giving him a chance at such a young age and showing some patience they probably also have a coach who will stay with a coaching job most of his predecessors could not get out of fast enough.
Kingsbury is going to have something to work with because Tuberville and his staff had assembled some decent recruiting classes. But Kingsbury has never been a head coach before and he is going to need some time to get used to this gig.
By rolling the dice on someone so young, but someone who understands Texas Tech, the Red Raiders have someone who potentially could be there for a loooong time.
It would, however, really help if he could just bring Johnny Football with him.
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