Reports: Texas Tech fires Kingsbury

Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury questions a call by the officials during the first quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Nov. 17.Photo Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech has fired coach Kliff Kingsbury after a third straight losing season, multiple media outlets reported Sunday.

The school has not confirmed the move, although athletic director Kirby Hocutt has scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m. ET.

Kingsbury has posted a 35-40 overall record (19-35 in Big 12) over six seasons with the Red Raiders, who dropped a 35-24 decision to Baylor on Saturday. He still had two years remaining on his contract with a $4.2 million buyout.

The 39-year-old Kingsbury’s tenure with Texas Tech began with much promise in 2013 as future No. 1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield was under center. The team won its first seven games before losing five in a row.

Texas Tech juggled three quarterbacks this season as freshman Alan Bowman was sidelined with a collapsed lung. Jett Duffey and McLane Carter also dealt with various injuries.

“We had a quarterback playing at an elite level. Really, if you look at Bowman, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a true freshman play better, and kind of the run he had,” Kingsbury told reporters following Saturday’s loss. “Just weren’t able to recapture kind of how we were rolling, and that’s was tough. That’s on the coach to make sure whoever’s the quarterback, you can maintain that, but that’s hard if you lose a guy who’s playing at that kind of elite level in this league. It’s hard to keep up.”

Kingsbury served as the offensive coordinator at Houston and Texas A&M prior to taking over at Texas Tech.

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