Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury saved his job this season, but he will face pressure again heading into 2018.
Kingsbury is already among the coaches who will enter next season on the hot seat, according to Bleacher Report’s Greg Wallace. The Texas Tech coach is joined on the list by Illinois’ Lovie Smith and Kansas’ David Beaty, among others.
The Red Raiders started very well this season, opening the season 4-1. However, they went 2-5 over their final seven games, with their only wins coming against Baylor (1-11) and Texas (6-6). Kingsbury’s squad gave up double-digit fourth quarter leads in losses to West Virginia and Kansas State, and they got blown out by the top two teams in conference in Oklahoma and TCU.
Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt publicly declared that Kingsbury would be back in 2018 after the Red Raiders beat the Longhorns in Austin on Black Friday to clinch a bowl berth. However, rumors about Kingsbury’s job security persisted up until that game. If the Red Raiders lose in to South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl, that talk will probably get louder once again.
Kingsbury is 30-32 (16-29 Big 12) in five seasons as the Red Raiders’ head coach. He has led Texas Tech to three bowl games in six seasons.
Texas Tech faces South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
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