Coach is here!
There's been talk of some tweaks to the uniforms this year. Any tidbits on what we can expect?
No. It will be a surprise. But we will have some different looks.
What needs to happen this year for you to be able to define it as a "successful season?"
We don't put win totals as far as certain goals. Since Day 1, we've talked about seeing improvement every day. That's what we're shooting for.
Thing you missed most before you came back to Lubbock?
Just being around the people. There are no friendlier people than that of West Texas. Being around that spirit each and every day.
Do you believe Tech's fast paced offensive scheme ran during 11-on-11 team drills in practice further prepares the defense for conference opponents who utilize a similar tempo?
I hope it helps. I think seeing that each and every day will give them a better feel, but nothing can similate game experience.
Texas Tech is deep in talent this year at RB. Although Tech traditionally is a pass-heavy offense, do you see the RBs being heavily involved in the offense to take advantage of their talent?
Yeah, I do. I think we pride ourselves in adapting to our personnel. We'll do what we're best at. We'll do what we can to get each of those backs the ball.
I know you'll be (and are) hands on with the offense. How "hands on" are you with the defense? Will you override your D coordinator's calls?
I won't be very hands on with the defense. Coach does a great job and I hired him to be the head coach of the defense. That's how it will be set up.
Coach, how's recruiting going
It's going well. We're excited about the committments so far. Our staff has done a great job in the short time to build relationships. We're excited for the Class of 2014.
What is your greatest memory as a Texas TechRed Raider Quarterback.
My first start against Oklahoma. The win made us boal eligible. Still my favorite game of all time.
Coach Kingsbury, could you provide some insight on where the Texas Tech football team is now and where you expect it to be in three years? What is the primary component you feel needs to fall into place for your plan to come to fruition?
Hopefully we can continue to climb and be a traditional powers in the Big 12. That's the goal. That's why these coaches came here.
What has been the biggest challenge you have had since taking the job?
Just dealing with the administrative stuff. Being the OC versus the head coach, there are a lot more administrative issues on a daily basis.
Favorite pre-game meal when you were playing in college?
I was a big spaghetti guy. Spaghettis and chicken breast.
How does it feel when your records are broken
It feels good. Luckily, I've been able to coach some guys that have broken them, so it's a lot easier when that happens.
Will there be any new traditions kicked off or returned to? Good Luck this year. You have brought the community back together!
We're still working through that. We're going to feel the pulse of this team and see where we're at. Hopefully with winning comes new traditions.
Favorite Tech QB to watch after your time at Tech?
I enjoyed watching everybody. I would say that Graham, the run that they had and what they were able to accomplish was incredible. With the run they had.
What do you think of that new video board going up in the Jones?
I think it will be an awesome addition to the entire gameday atmosphere. It should add a whole new element to gameday.
Coach, do you dominate in your coaching staff's pickup basketball games?
I haven't had time to get involved yet. I'm sure I would be at least one of the top scorers.
What the biggest flaw in the team that needs to be fixed before the 1st game?
I think just focus. Last year, we were last in the Big 12 in penalties. It comes down to focus and being locked in on gameday.
Hello Kliff. Good Luck this year. How does a offense first reputation hinder Tech in getting top defensive recruits?
I don't think it helps or hurts. We recruit players we think will help our system. Players who want to create their own legacy. That should effect their decision to play at Texas Tech
How is the team's physical conditioning coming along? I know that we've suffered from injuries in the recent seasons.
It seems good. It's a different style they've been accustomed too. Hopefully we can keep them healthy and on the field.
Hesiman weekend. Where were you exactly when you got the phone call from Tech's A.D. ?
Yeah, I was in the New York at Bounce Sporting Club. I was there to watch games. I got a call and things started to happen. It was a surreal moment that it was all coming together.
In the 2002 game in Lubbock against UT, it appeared there were a couple of times after a big score that you referred to Jones Stadium as being "my house". How do you recreate that mentality to the current players?
That's something we're working on. The record at home the last few years hasn't been great. Something the guys protect dearly. We're working hard on making Jones Stadium a hard place to play.
What was the biggest obstacle in putting your staff together?
The toughest part is you're trying to recruit at the same time you're getting coaches. You're trying to do it well, but quick to get the coaches in place. That was the toughest thing, balancing the two.
I appreciate all of the support. The reception that we've felt since coming aboard. We can not wait to start the season. Guns up!