Kliff Kingsbury entered the 2017 season at Texas Tech on the hot seat.
After yet another losing season, as the Red Raiders finished at 6-7 following a Birmingham Bowl loss to USF, the same can be said for Kingsbury’s job security entering his sixth season in Lubbock.
But just how hot is Kingsbury’s seat?
Aaron Dickens of RedRaiderSports.com joined Rivals’ analyst Mike Farrell in hopes of answering that exact question.
“Patience is running thin in West Texas, and it’s not hard to see why, Dickens said. “Kingsbury is 30-33 overall in five seasons, 16-29 in Big 12 play and has led Texas Tech to its first back-to-back losing seasons since the 1980s. The results have not been near good enough, and everyone involved – Kingsbury, the university leadership and, most of all, the fans – agree on that point.
“I’m not sure at this point what Kingsbury has to do to save his job. If Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt has a red line, he’s not sharing it with many people,” Dickens added, noting that Kingsbury’s sheer presence throughout the program, thanks in large part to his playing days, provides Kingsbury with some added job security.
The name may not be enough much longer, though.
After opening his tenure as Texas Tech’s coach with an 8-5 effort, Kingsbury has led the Red Raiders to just one winning season in their past four tries — a 7-6 effort in 2015.
Much of those struggles are due to the defense often finding itself among the worst in college football. As Farrell noted, how the defense progresses, if at all, could be a deciding factor in Kingsbury’s Texas Tech tenure.
“Can they do better? That’s the big question,” Farrell said. “He’s a Texas Tech guy, he’s a very good offensive coach. It really depends on how the defense continues to develop and whether they can get better and more balanced, then he will be fine.”
Texas Tech’s sixth season under Kingsbury gets underway on Sept. 1 against Ole Miss. Depending on how things play out in Lubbock next season, that Saturday afternoon could serve as Kingsbury’s final first game of the season with the Red Raiders.
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