Kliff Kingsbury hired as Texas Tech football coach

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Texas Tech officials confirmed today that the school has hired former school quarterback Kliff Kingsbury as its new football coach. The position became vacant after former coach Tommy Tuberville left Dec. 8 to become Cincinnati's coach after three years with Texas Tech.

Kingsbury is coming off a season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Texas A&M, helping Johnny Manziel became the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy this year.

Kingsbury has worked under a number of reputable coaches, including Dana Holgorsen and Kevin Sumlin, who have commented on Kingsbury's organization and intelligence despite the relative inexperience of the 33-year-old, according to Joe Schad of ESPN.com.

Kinsbury had a brief stint in the NFL; he was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft and appeared in one game for the New York Jets in 2005.