Texas Tech is keeping head coach Kliff Kingsbury around for the long haul, the school announced:
Kliff Kingsbury has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Texas Tech until 2020. #WreckEm— Texas Tech Athletics (@TechAthletics) August 29, 2014
National college sports writer Bryan Fischer and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports initially filled fans in on the details:
Texas Tech announces a contract extension for Kliff Kingsbury through 2020.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 29, 2014
#TexasTech & Kliff Kingsbury agree on a new deal. Thru 2020 season. guaranteed base of $24.2 MIL & an avg of $3.5 M per yr, sources tell fox— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 29, 2014
Kingsbury led the Red Raiders to an 8-5 record in 2013 and topped it off with an impressive 37-23 victory over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl. Texas Tech actually got off to a perfect 7-0 start and looked like a serious Big 12 title contender before faltering down the stretch and losing five games in a row.
Included in that stretch was a heartbreaking 38-30 loss to Oklahoma and a blowout 41-16 loss to rival Texas. However, winning the Holiday Bowl helped Texas Tech finish the season on a positive note and likely contributed to the contract extension Kingsbury received.
Kingsbury is only 35 years old and played at Texas Tech as a quarterback. He was drafted 201st overall by the New England Patriots in the 2003 draft but never really caught on as a professional signal-caller.
Still, he is one of the up-and-comers on the college football coaching scene and often receives far more attention than his team does. He has been called a rock star coach, is friends with Tom Brady and has a canning resemblance to actor Ryan Gosling.
He discussed all the attention recently, via Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News: “I’d rather it be about our players. I know a lot of it gets pushed toward me. That’s my biggest deal. Our players are the ones playing, working their butts off. Once the wins come, it will fade that way.”
Texas Tech made sure to lock up its superstar coach, especially since the school sold out of season tickets for the first time in school history after his debut season.