- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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With Texas Tech closing in on its replacement for Tommy Tuberville, who abruptly left the Red Raiders for Cincinnati, it appears the Red Raiders aren't looking too far in their search.
Sources told ESPN that Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is a front-runner for the job along with Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
It should come as no surprise that Kingsbury is up for the Texas Tech job. He not only did a fantastic job as the Aggies' offensive coordinator this year but he had a record-setting career as Texas Tech's quarterback from 1998-2002. So, he knows the program quite well.
He also really, really knows offense. As co-offensive coordinator at Houston in 2011, the Cougars led the nation in total offense, passing offense and scoring. Quarterback Case Keenum was also seventh in Heisman Trophy voting.
But he really threw his name out there nationally in 2012 with the Aggies' churning out yards and points at will for most of the year. Texas A&M led the SEC and ranked third nationally in total offense (552.3 yards per game). The Aggies were also first in the SEC in scoring and were equipped with Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, who set the SEC record for total offense with 4,600 yards. He averaged nearly 300 passing yards a game and was third in the SEC with 1,181 yards.
Kingsbury doesn't have a ton of coaching experience, but he has a bunch of flashy numbers that show how well he knows how to create mismatches and play to his players' strengths. Plus, he helped turn a redshirt freshman quarterback into the Heisman winner.
It's only a matter of time before Kingsbury is snatched up for a head-coaching job.