Kingsbury's Work Ethic. Bruce Feldman previously did a terrific interview with head coach Kliff Kingsbury (it is at the link) and this time he sits down and writes about Kliff Kingsbury's work ethic:
"That (other stuff), that's not Kliff," said Smith, who spent two years in the NFL as a linebacker. "He's just a football guy. There's not one time I've gone into his office and he's not watching film. One day it's Redskins. Another day he's watching Toledo. A lot of people think he's this Hollywood guy in it for the fame. He could care less about it. His biggest deal with that is it helps recruiting and helps the program.
"He knows how much it helps in recruiting, and right now we're kicking butt in recruiting. I think we're leading the Big 12 in four- and five-star guys. I think he has an old spirit. He goes to bed at like 8:30. He's always eating right."
This is one thing that we an all be sure about, which is that Kingsbury will work hard and be dedicated to his craft of being the best head coach as possible. This is the other thing is that Texas Tech does have a head coach that's not afraid to get into a dance contest or call out Beyonce for the ALS ice bucket challenge. I hope we don't ever get so bitter to not want Kingsbury to be that guy too. There's room for both.
Go read the whole thing, it's terrific and great insight into the private Kingsbury and not the public persona.
Williams on Kingsbury's Extension. Don Williams writes about Kliff Kingsbury's contract extension and I had never really had a chance to read any comments from athletic director Kirby Hocutt about why he wanted to extend Kingsbury:
"I believe in what Kliff is doing," Hocutt said Tuesday. "I've had the opportunity for a year and a half now to watch how he instills confidence in these young men and the type of program that he's installing, and I believe in what he's doing.
"At the same time, I believe in being as proactive as a situation will allow you to be. I believe this is the beginning of something that's going to be a very special time here at Texas Tech University. When you find the fit and the passion and the love for the university like we have with our head football coach, we can do special things."
The proactive part is important and Hocutt picks and chooses his opportunities to be proactive and signing Kingsbury to a seven year contract is a bold move, as Williams writes, but the more I think about it, I can't imagine any other scenario and this is what I want. I too am willing to be long-term on Kingsbury.
The Silver Haired Fox. Nice little feature on Texas Tech's director of team operations, Tommy McVay:
Marquez to Motivate. The DT writes about how IR Bradley Marquez wants to motivate his teammates after getting by Central Arkansas:
"We got to put (the Central Arkansas game) behind us now, it's over. We got the win and that's it," Marquez said. "We've got to learn from it. The film, we've watched it, and it's on to UTEP now. I don't think we are going to dwell on it. Some guys forget that we got a victory. It could have been a lot worse. It's better to learn from a win like this than a loss, so I think there is a lot of lessons learned from this game that can help us throughout the course of the season."
Miscellaneous. SB Nation's The Numerical and The Acrostical (which was formally The Alphabetical) for week 1 of college football . . . the DMN has their Big 12 power rankings and has Texas Tech at #7 . . . the LAJ has an article about playing late at night . . .
- Pullquotes: HC Kingsbury, WR Marquez & LB Eguavoen
- For Texas Tech the answer is easy: Straight football. No switchblades.
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- Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 9/1/2014
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