An emotional and drained Kirby Hocutt came to the podium on Sunday to deliver the news that everyone had figured and had predicted since the loss to Baylor on Saturday, Kliff Kingsbury had been let go. This team had been up and down all season, ending the season losing five straight games. Yes, some of them were close, but alas, this team could not get it done.
No matter whether you were for keeping Kingsbury or for letting him go, we can all respect the class and intensity that Kingsbury brought to the game and to the job. Many of his now former players came out on social media, raving about Kingsbury, about his kindness, his intensity, and his care for each and every single player on his teams. Make no mistake however, it was time to let him go.
This program is in a state of flux at the moment, we have a young core of good players that will need to be coached up and that starts with getting the coaching staff right. I believe that all of the coaches on the 2017-2018 staff were great and all fit together very well, but here we are with three straight losing records.
I believe with the right hire, this team could be back to making bowl games every year almost immediately. That’s how confident I am in this team’s talent and ability. We need to get our mojo back recruiting the quarterback position because let’s be honest after Alan Bowman, there just isn’t much there.
Kingsbury will always be a popular figure around Lubbock, but the fact of the matter was that he needed to move on, just like the University did. This slide that his team took every single year was beginning to have an affect on the way the fans showed up and how they left early nearly every game. Another year of sub-par performances might have hit his coaching stock hard, making it harder for him to find another good job.
This is an opportune time to rejuvenate a program that has a ton of returning talent and a fan base that is looking forward to having success with this core group of talented players. Kingsbury will always be admired by the public and the players he coached but the time was right for both parties to move in a new direction.
What do you all think? Should we have kept Kingsbury for another season or was it the right time to let him go? Let us know in the comment section below!