Kliff Kingsbury: Texas Tech Would Be Wise to Offer Former QB Head Coaching Job

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2012

Kliff Kingsbury (left) with Johnny Manziel
Kliff Kingsbury (left) with Johnny ManzielMike Stobe/Getty Images

Texas Tech would be wise to offer former Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury the head football coach job to help the program become a contender for the Big 12 conference title again.

Here is the latest on the situation, according to Jeff Tarpley of Rivals.com:

We've been told by multiple affiliated with Tech and A&M that if #TAMU OC Kliff Kingsbury is offered the Tech HC job he will take it

— Jeff Tarpley (@TarpRivals) December 10, 2012

Kingsbury's stock has risen this season with the Aggies due to his work with quarterback Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

Texas A&M's offense ranks 11th in the nation in points per game this year, and the team's passing offense is ranked 18th.

There's no question that Kingsbury understands how to create a productive offense and coaches quarterbacks very well. As a former quarterback who achieved a lot of success at Texas Tech, he knows the challenges of playing in the Big 12.

His experience in Texas would also give him an advantage when recruiting. Top high school recruits will be impressed by Kingsbury's work with Manziel this season. He's certainly someone who can help rebuild the Red Raiders into a top team.

Since finishing 11-2 in 2008 with a talented team that included players such as Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech has not played well in a Big 12 conference that doesn't have any elite teams.

With a 12-12 record over the last two seasons, change is needed at Texas Tech. A 2-4 record against ranked teams this season prevented the Red Raiders from being able to play in a quality bowl game.

Hiring a former player or someone who graduated from your school is usually a smart move, and in this case, it's the right move for Texas Tech.

The school needs someone who can bring stability, leadership and improved play to the Red Raiders football program.

Kingsbury is the clear choice for Texas Tech in its search for a new head football coach.