Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt made it very clear during his press conference on Saturday afternoon that he wanted someone that was a West Texas guy to come in and lead the Red Raider football program into the future.
Enter Kliff Kingsbury.
On Tuesday, the former Houston and Texas A&M offensive coordinator and former Tech gunslinger was made the 15th head coach in program history.
Kingsbury spent four seasons, 1999-2002, airing it out in the Jones as a part of the baby steps of the air raid offense here at Tech under former head coach Mike Leach.
The New Braunfels native finished his career with 11,867 yards and 91 touchdowns to his name and was one of the 2002 Heisman Trophy candidates, completing his senior campaign with a career-high 4,642 yards and 42 touchdown passes.
After hanging up the cleats, Kingsbury stepped into a coaching role in 2008 becoming the Offensive Quality Control Assistant with the Houston Cougars.
Then from 2010-2011, Kingsbury coached the quarterbacks and served as the co-offensive coordinator, before this past season uprooting along with Kevin Sumlin to head to Texas A&M and the SEC.
Kingsbury spent the past season manufacturing an Aggie offense that produced a 10-2 overall mark and, of course, the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Now after spending the past three seasons controlling the offense at Houston and Texas A&M, Kingsbury gets to return home to his alma mater for his first head coaching opportunity.