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Texas Tech introduces Kliff Kingsbury

Kliff Kingsbury was officially introduced to Texas Tech fans on Friday morning. Kingsbury becomes the fifteenth head football coach in Texas Tech history. He wasted no time letting fans know that Texas Tech's days of being timid about their football team were over.

Coach Kingsbury with Johnny Football
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Kingsbury started out by telling fans that he liked the wind. It was a sharp contrast to Tommy Tuberville's constant whining about the West Texas wind. It was a clear indication that Kingsbury thought about as much of Tuberville as old "Pinebox" Tommy thought about Mike Leach and the players on those Texas Tech teams from the early 2000's.

Coach Kingsbury promised to be aggressive on both sides of the ball. He said he would bring in an aggressive, young staff that would hit the ground running. That staff will likely have more former Red Raiders on it than on any other Texas Tech football staff in recent memory.

The one thing that might surprise a few people is that Coach Kingsbury plans to run a version of the "Air Raid" offense. However, it will not be a carbon copy of what Mike Leach ran at Texas Tech and currently runs at Washington State. Coach Kingsbury will be his own man and run his own offense. It it time for Kliff to be his own man.

The absolute highlight of the introduction came at the end of Kingbury's opening remarks. He turned turned toward Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt and asked if there was any way that Texas Tech could get the University of Cincinnati on the schedule for the upcoming season. The inference was clear, Kliff Kingsbury would like nothing better than to absolutely bury "Pinebox" Tommy and his Cincinnati football team.

Even if it was possible for Tezas Tech to arrange that game on relatively short notice, it is extremely unlikely that Tuberville would have the intestinal fortitude to face the Red Raiders. After all, Tuberville's former players might just show what they could do with some motivation and a little coaching.

Coach Kingsbury was a breath of fresh air for the Red Raider fan base. The swagger is back. Now the feeling is that the football team will be far more concerned with making plays than making excuses. Finally, Texas Tech fans can look forward to winning more games and a lot less talk about the wind.


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