LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The face of Big 12 football changed dramatically on 12-12-12.
Texas Tech hired former Red Raider quarterback Kliff Kingsbury as its head football coach just days after Tommy Tuberville's surprising departure for the University of Cincinnati.
Kingsbury, 33, played for the Red Raiders from 1998-2002 and finished his career with 39 school records, 13 Big 12 Conference records and 7 NCAA Division I-A records. He was only the third player in college football history to throw for over 10,000 yards, gain over 10,000 yards in total offense and complete over 1,000 passes.
Kingsbury is also a former NFL quarterback, having won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots as a back-up.
In January 2012, he took over the position of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M University. The Aggies led the SEC in scoring and ranked third nationally in total offense with Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, who set the conference record for total offense with 4,600 yards.
Before accepting the A&M position, Kingsbury coached at Houston under Kevin Sumlin. Kingsbury was named the Offensive Coordinator of the Year after leading the Houston Cougar's variation on Mike Leach's "Air Raid" offense to a record breaking season in 2010.