Kliff Kingsbury: 'I know what I have done. I know what I am about to do'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Friday December 14, 2012
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 14, 2012
Kliff Kingsbury isn't worried about his inexperience.
"Everybody is entitled to their opinion," the 33-year-old Texas Tech head coach said. "I know what I have done. I know what I am about to do. I am going to make it work."
Kingsbury will be formally introduced later today at a news conference, but he made his first public comments about the job Wednesday night when he flew into Lubbock, Texas shortly after accepting the job.
"It's been a whirlwind but couldn't be happier, beyond ecstatic to be back," Kingsbury told Texas Tech TV.
Kingsbury was first contacted about the job Saturday, he said, while he was in New York with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, whom he coached through a Heisman Trophy winning regular season.
"I thought it'd be a fun New York weekend, about mid-Saturday things started happening and it just went from there," he said. "It was a lot of stress, but this is where I want to be, where I wanted to be. To be back in Lubbock at Texas Tech means the world to me. It feels like home to me. I can't put into words how excited I am to be back."
The former Red Raiders quarterback wouldn't have left Manziel for many jobs, he said.
"If it was any other school, there would have been (hesitation)," he said. "He knows how I feel about him. He's as good a player as I've ever seen and probably the fiercest competitor I've ever been around. It was definitely hard with that, but this is where I belong and where I want to be. I'm on cloud nine right now. I'm just rolling with it."
Kingsbury is hopeful his presence will calm a fan base which still uneasy from the messy departure of Mike Leach and the quick exit by Tommy Tuberville.
"Red Raiders are Red Raiders, and we should all be pulling in the same direction. We should be doing that again," he said. "It's time to get this thing on track."
Kingsbury said he wanted to "get a great young staff in here and attack it," but he didn't offer any hints about who he might tab to join him on the coaching staff.
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org