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Writer Praises Texas Tech Hiring Kliff Kinsbury
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Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Bruce Feldman, college football columnist for CBSSports.com, answered a question in his weekly mailbag feature about Texas Tech hiring Kliff Kingsbury as its new coach.

Really sharp guy. I think a lot of people get caught up in his "alpha-bro-ish" style and may not know that most of the football coaches who have been around him consider him perhaps the hardest-working, most driven guy they know. Kingsbury, behind the flashy sunglasses and trendy clothes, is as competitive as any guy in coaching, those who know him best will tell you.

I've known Kingsbury for years and I'm not at all surprised at how quickly he has risen up the coaching ranks. I recall the first time I'd ever seen him in a coaching setting. It was during the One-Back Clinic that was being hosted by Houston. The clinic featured some of the top offensive minds in college football from staffs all over the country. Then-UH OC Dana Holgorsen had Kingsbury give a presentation to the group about QB drills and it didn't take long to see how easily the former Texas Tech star commanded the room and how well he communicated. Thinking back to that day, I could see how he can connect with players so well.

I think he is the ideal guy to get Texas Tech football cranked back up again although I'm sure there will be some growing pains. Even though Kingsbury has learned from excellent football minds (Mike Leach, Bill Belichick, Mike McCarthy, Dana Holgorsen and Kevin Sumlin), there's still nothing that can replicate running your own program for the first time.

 

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