The Texas Tech football program has released head coach Kliff Kingsbury for his duties, the team announced on Sunday. The news comes after the Red Raiders secured their third straight losing season.
Texas Tech held a press conference to publicly announce the news.
“I’d like to thank Kliff Kingsbury for his six years of dedication leading our football program,” Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement released by the university. “He’s worked very hard and represented us in a first-class manner.”
Kingsbury’s firing came with the head coach holding a 35-40 overall record during his six-year tenure with the program. However, Kingsbury has two years left on his contract so he will receive a $4.2 million buyout.
A report from ESPN.com details some of the potential replacements at Texas Tech:
North Texas head coach Seth Littrell and Troy head coach Neal Brown, who are both former Texas Tech assistants, should be strong candidates to replace Kingsbury. Hocutt could also pursue Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Hocutt and Venables roomed together as teammates at Kansas State. Other possibilities could include Utah State head coach Matt Wells and Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, who was Hocutt’s position coach during his playing days at Kansas State.
With its loss to Baylor in Kingsbury’s final game as head coach, the Red Raiders are no longer bowl eligible.