Kliff Kingsbury was fired as head coach of the Texas Tech football team on Sunday after the Red Raiders secured their third straight losing season. 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.
While Kingsbury is now without a job, it may not take long until he receives some work.
According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Kingsbury has already received plenty of interest from NFL teams, but it is actually the USC Trojans who are the front-runners to land the offensive wunderkind.
In fact, Kingsbury is being considered for the Trojans’ offensive coordinator role. That could also set him up as the potential successor for current head coach Clay Helton, who appears to be on very thin ice.
“The phone of former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has been ringing off the hook from NFL teams, including two that have given him firm offers. College offense has infiltrated the NFL and Kingsbury’s superb knowledge of it is in high demand,” Brandt wrote on Twitter.
“The college phones seem to be working as well. Was told by college HC that USC is now the clear front-runner for Kingsbury. As these things tend to go, stay tuned. But for now, USC in drivers seat with OC opening.”
If he does ultimately land at USC, the Trojans offense would get an automatic boost with the Air Raid offense.