LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt announced Sunday a change in direction for the Red Raider football program as head coach Kliff Kingsbury will not return for the 2019 season.
Hocutt informed Kingsbury of the decision Sunday morning, one day after the Red Raiders ended the season with a fifth-consecutive loss. Tech concluded the 2018 campaign with a 5-7 record following a 35-24 loss to Baylor on Saturday.
"I'd like to thank Kliff Kingsbury for his six years of dedication leading our football program," Hocutt said. "He's worked very hard and represented us in a first-class manner."
Kingsbury closes his tenure leading his alma mater with a 35-40 overall record, including a 19-35 mark in Big 12 play. He led the Red Raiders to three bowl appearances during his six seasons with trips to the 2013 Holiday Bowl, 2015 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl and the 2017 Birmingham Bowl.
"For what he achieved and contributed to Texas Tech, as an athlete, a student and our football coach, Kliff Kingsbury has a special place in the hearts of Red Raiders," Texas Tech President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec said. "As a coach, he was a model of class and character, and he always put the best interests of his student-athletes first. I admire and appreciate all he has done for Texas Tech."