As Kliff Kingsbury enters his sixth season as Texas Tech’s head coach, the wins haven’t exactly matched up with the expectations.
Kingsbury boasts a 30-33 record overall, with a paltry 16-29 record in Big 12 Conference play. The Red Raiders haven’t been over .500 in conference games since Kingsbury was named the head coach. The closest they came were in 2013 and 2015 with 4-5 records.
To his credit, Kingsbury realizes the ramifications of that record very well. In an interview with Schuyler Dixon of the Associated Press, he said, “I understand that what we’ve been the last couple years isn’t good enough, record-wise, and we have to show improvement. That comes with the territory. Being an alum of Texas Tech, I want it as much as anybody if not more.”
If there’s a year to show improvement, it has to be 2018. Texas Tech loses its top two wide receivers, Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell, as well as starting quarterback, Nic Shimonek, but return 10 defensive starters.
In addition to that defensive strength, the Big 12’s traditional powers are rebuilding. Oklahoma State won’t have Mason Rudolph; Oklahoma won’t have Baker Mayfield. The iron is primed for Kingsbury to strike, and he might not get another shot if he misses.