Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury was supposed to bring the kind of success Mike Leach brought the program in the mid-2000’s.
Instead, his tenure with the Red Raiders has looked more like that of Tommy Tubberville. In five years, Kingsbury is 30-32, including two seasons in which he finished with a losing record.
Understandably, there was some debate over his future with the program.
On Saturday, athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced that Kingsbury will be back for the 2018 football season.
“Kliff has led the program the right way,” Hocutt said in a statement. “We’re not where we want to be, but we’re not far off.”
The Red Raiders finished 5-7 in 2016 and failed to qualify for a bowl game. With a six-win season in 2017, they’ll appear in a bowl game, and have a chance to finish the year with a winning record.
The decision to bring Kingsbury back comes less than 24 hours after the victory against the rival Texas Longhorns.
Now that Kingsbury knows his job is safe for at least one more season, he’ll need to put up impressive numbers in 2018 to keep his job for the foreseeable future.