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Kingsbury speaks from heart at official Red Raider welcome


In a press conference in front of a thousand plus Texas Tech supporters at United Spirit Arena, Kliff Kingsbury was officially announced as the new head coach of the Red Raider football program.

"Well, it's good to be home," Kingsbury announced.  "Let me tell you, I find it a little poetic today that it's a classic, windy, West Texas day, and I'm going on record that I actually enjoy the wind.  You'll never hear me complain about it."

The return of Kingsbury was welcomed with thunderous applause from the audience as Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the new head man and the excitement surrounding the program.

"Red Raider Nation, we ride together," Hocutt said. " Since Wednesday, the pride and the excitement has been unlike anything I've ever seen before.  And as the Matador song says, ‘We, indeed, bear our banners far and wide.'  This is our time."

Hocutt seems to have made the perfect hire. He announced Saturday after the departure of Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati, that the new coach would have to understand the fabric of West Texas and would want to be at Texas Tech. Kingsbury seems to fit that criteria perfectly.

"When I got into coaching, I went to the University of Houston.  That was a business decision," Kingsbury said.  "When I went to that other university (Texas A&M), that was definitely a business decision.  But being here now, this is personal to me.  This is where I want to be."

Kingsbury, of course used to quarterback at Texas Tech and set 39 school records during his playing career (1999-2002).

"This is a place that's helped shape me as a man," Kingsbury said. " It's given me so much.  All the best friends I have in the world I met at this place.  I'm just honored and humbled to be a part of this and be able to coach at your university, so thank you."

Kingsbury steps into the job as one of the hottest coaching names in college football after this season. He was in charge of the play-calling and the development of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. Kingsbury has won "Coordinator of the Year" the last two seasons and has built a reputation after stops at A&M and Houston, for being a bright offensive mind who coaches high-octane offense. He said not to expect that to change.

"It's going to be an exciting brand of football," he said. " We'll be attacking on both sides of the ball, we'll play with confidence.  The kids are going to have fun.  They're going to have swagger, and you'll enjoy this next year's team.  I promise you."

Before the press conference concluded he made one request for Hocutt.

"One last request I have with Kirby, I was going to see if there's anyway possible we can get Cincinnati on the schedule next year?"

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