With the Texas Tech Red Raider football team now on a four-game losing streak, one must assume Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury’s time as head coach may be coming to an end. This would leave one question to be asked by anyone who has eyes on Texas Tech; will this affect Texas Tech recruiting?
After Saturday’s loss to Kansas State, 42-35, fans and even media questioned Kingsbury’s actions. Especially having 42 seconds on the clock with the game tied and choosing to take the game into overtime. Kingsbury said the decision to run the clock out was due to his lack of confidence in the team’s kicking abilities.
“You know, 42 seconds left and only one timeout and really weren’t feeling confident in our kicking game at all,” Kingsbury said. “After talking to our special team’s coach and where we were at going that way, we didn’t feel like even an attempt. There was more negative that could have happened.”
Regardless of his reasoning, the Red Raiders looked defeated before the game was even finished after Kingsbury made that decision.
The problem of not taking the chance to win the game in regulation is that current commits may look at that decision and decide they don’t want to play with a coach who gives up when times are tough. Then again, if he is let go after another losing season, it could also give commits a chance to join the Red Raiders on a fresh start.
Even Kingsbury himself could not pinpoint his team’s problems in Saturday’s press conference.
“There’s something going on. There’s no question. To not be able to get this one done, we’ve got to play with more confidence late in the games,” Kingsbury said. “We’ve got to be able to make kicks, and we’ve got to make kicks. It’s a number of things.”
However, the blame for the loss can’t be solely on Kingsbury. One has to take into consideration the two interceptions thrown by senior quarterback Nic Shimonek.
Although with Shimonek being a senior and Kingsbury halfway out the door, it gives the opportunity for commits such as three-star quarterback Alan Bowman a chance to step into the spotlight.
Last week, Armchair All-Americans was able to talk with Bowman on his commitment to Texas Tech. Bowman specifically mentioned his connection with the Red Raider coaching staff and how he felt comfortable around them.
“The second I talked to coach Kingsbury and Morris there was a connection,” Bowman said. “I love those guys and I have been getting to know some of the other guys on the team as well. They have kind of taken me under their belt and shown me the way, which is really special.”
However, that special connection Bowman mentioned could be taken away from him if Kingsbury is let go. This could mean commits like Bowman could look at other opportunities.
Needless to say, this year’s team is not at the caliber of competing in the Big 12 Conference. Regardless of being ranked earlier in the season, Kingsbury and his staff need to make changes.
“Yeah, I’m frustrated that we weren’t able to close that out,” Kingsbury said. “That’s a good group that we have of players. They are on the fringe of being pretty good but we haven’t finished things off. I know they are frustrated.”