Kliff Kingsbury returning to Texas Tech in 2017

You can all breathe a sigh of relief, Texas Tech fans, at least those who were hoping to retain Kliff Kingsbury.

On Sunday afternoon, Red Raiders athletic director Kirby Hocutt confirmed to the media that the team’s head coach will be leading the team onto the field to start the 2017 college football season.

“I believed in Kliff Kingsbury when we hired him. … I believe in him today,” Hocutt said, via ESPN’s Jake Trotter.

Texas Tech finished the 2016 season with a 5-7 record, meaning the Red Raiders will miss out on a bowl game for the second time in Kingsbury’s tenure in Lubbock.

Kingsbury is 24-26 overall.

A big part of Texas Tech’s struggles this season were on the defensive side of the ball, while quarterback Patrick Mahomes had an incredible year throwing the ball.

So if a coaching change is going to come, it will likely be someone on the defensive side who is held accountable.

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