When Kliff Kingsbury was selected as the new head coach for Texas Tech football, we knew the ESPN attack dogs would come out in full force. They would say he's too young, too pass happy. They would say his views on offense are far too radical. They would say hiring Kliff to come here would not work out because we're a liability. But if we’re being honest with each other—if we’re able to put aside the talking points for a few minutes and say what we’re all actually thinking and feeling—I believe we can acknowledge the real truth here.
We are a program that was less than two years away from winning our first conference championship and probably replacing Oklahoma or Texas as the second best team in the conference. We had 2008, and we had plenty of work, ten years of it to prove we can take down anyone, anywhere, anytime. A ranked Aggie team in 2001, a top 5 Texas team in 2002, an Eli Manning Led Ole Miss team in 2003, a top 5 Aaron Rodgers led California team in 2004, in 2005 we had the best offense in the nation, 9 Wins all led by a barely 6 foot West Texas kid with four seasons on the bench who threw without the laces. We spotted Minnesota a 28 point lead with a quarter and half to go and before you knew it, we racked 44 on them in less than a full half and won our bowl game. We beat a Sam Bradford
led Oklahoma Team in 2007, and then capped it off by winning our Bowl game by scoring 17 points in less than 3 minutes against a vaunted defense. Then in 2008, we did what we do best, we walked into team's stadiums and slapped them silly when they thought they had us, and rather than going for a field goal against the number 1 team in the country, we went balls out for it and won the game. The next year, we played 3 quarterbacks, all starter material and won 9 games and plus our bowl, only to see our coach with so much work he had put in be done it by some malcontents.
But, we're Texas Tech Football. We are at our best, and the most dangerous when our backs are to the wall.
It’s okay to admit it. You’re frightened to death of us. It might actually be healthy for you to face your fears now rather than later, when we are down 28 heading into the second half and all of the sudden we are moving the ball at will and knocking heads off and it looks like this thing might end badly for you. Face it our new coach is not some catastrophe waiting to happen, like a Ron Prince or a Rich Rodriguez. On the contrary, you have the exact opposite fear. Our coach a solid, competent, some might say exceptional, young coach and offensive mind.
Did you get nervous when you read that last sentence? Is it because you know in your heart of hearts that it’s 100 percent true. Is it because, even if you strongly disagree with my beliefs that he who can score the most wins, you at least like and respect me. Because you know who does? Mack Brown
does. Bob Stoops does. Bill Snyder does. R.C. Slocum did when he was coaching. Emory Ballard does. Barry Switzer does.
Do you get chills just thinking about how strong our appeal actually is?
I have another question for you: How scared are you that I can take a bunch of 2-3 star recruits, bring them to the South Plains and make studs out of them that can and will beat you? Because I’m good at it. No, I’m really good at it. You see, I know how to turn up the heat against the big boys without putting people off. Then I back up what I’m doing with arguments that, are played out on the field. We ruin other's seaons, we beat future NFL hall of famers, we have winning records against coaches with national tiles. And we win. We win a lot, in fact, 8 wins has become a "meh" season for us, because we can do better, and we know we are better.
College football fans love that. They love it.
Now back to our new ball coach. Passion, intellect, and a magnetic personality. Pretty damn intimidating combo, if I say so myself. You want to talk about polish? Man, he's got polish for miles. Oh, and by the way, I’ll go ahead and say this next thing because, if we’re being honest, why the hell not, right? In case you haven’t noticed, hes a cool cat. Hoo, brother, is he a cool cat.
Yup, you should be scared senseless of me, because guess who isn’t? Stuck in their ways Mossback coaches who still believe running the ball 60 times and using all your talent on defense wins. It doesn't. The fans accross America who watch us, love us. North, South, East, West, doesn't matter, they love me. Shoot, I get hated instate rivals to root for me when I am not playing them. Do you know why? Because they like me. They like my story. Bunch of hard nosed, hard working, role player guys sprinkled in with a couple of stud players that really make us go. Geez, now that I think about it, I AM THE storybook program, not that set of commune dwellers down in Austin or the boys from Oklahoma who really arent from Oklahoma.
Lot's of teams run the spread. West Virginia, Washington State, Hawaii, North Texas, Oregon, Florida. But we have perfected it. We have receivers that are fast and physical. We have running backs that will crack block you into next year on one play and then gash you for a 20 yard run on the next. Our lineman know to build a wall and it's tough to get through. Our quarterback is a tough, smart, gritty guy who will probably beat you more often than not. When we get a hold of a great one, you will be lucky to stay within 4 touchdowns.
Boy, I’m going to sell the heck out of that talking point. And I’m going to do a great job of it. Why? Because I’m Texas Tech Football. That’s what I do.
Now, we made a mistake in our last hire. But it was done by a group of guys who could not nor did want to see the consequences fo their actions. They did not like the guy who was running the show, and all it took was some nancy with a bad attitude and a rich father to bring him down. We thought hiring an old mossback would help us bring a good defense to compliment a great offense. The experiment failed, but guess what our worst 3 years entailed?
Despite our worst 3 defenses in school history, our first losing season since 1993, and a drop off in offensive production, we had a 21-17 record, two bowl apperances and 2 bowl victories, snapping Oklahoma's 45 game win streak at home, beating a top ten missouri team, and our quarterback still leading the nation in some passing category despite our departed coaches insistence on running the ball.
We came through all that and still held it together somewhat. Why, because we are Texas Tech.
If you doubt any of this is true, just wait until we start duplicating teams like what we had in 2008. Watch the re run of what we did to the number one team in the country that night. All that promise. All that energy. All that potential. Gone in one glorious November night. Start practicing your yells and marches about how dirty and classeless we are. It's on.
We are Texas Tech football, and we are back to being your worst nightmare.
Oh, and by the way, don’t even try to pretend you haven’t imagined us holding up the Sears trophy in the not to distant future.