Dennis Dodd: Kliff Kingsbury no longer on hot seat at Tech

Before the 2017 season started, the heat level of Kliff Kingsbury’s office chair was somewhere in between a chicken fryer and the surface of the sun, depending on who you asked in Lubbock.

CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli had Kingsbury as one of five featured coaches whose jobs were in danger. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News thought so too, as did ESPN’s Adam Rittenburg. 

But after a promising 3-1 start, Kingsbury has Texas Tech looking good. And he might just have done enough already to keep his job.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports says Kingsbury is officially off the hot seat after five weeks of the season.

“David Gibbs’ defense has gone from worst in the country to 110th,” Dodd wrote. “That qualifies as improvement in Lubbock. After a 3-1 start, a bowl is a possibility.”

The Red Raiders have gone bowling twice in Kingsbury’s four-year tenure, in 2013 and 2015. But they finished 3-9 last year with the worst defense in college football, even with a historic season from quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.

Nic Shimonek has filled in capably for Mahomes, though. And even in Texas Tech’s lone loss, the Red Raiders put a scare in a Top 15 team.

Kingsbury can rest easy, for now. At the very least, he won’t scald himself every time he takes a seat.

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