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Texas Tech Announces Decision On Kliff Kingsbury

A closeup of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.

LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

Texas Tech has announced an official decision on head football coach Kliff Kingsbury. He's been fired.

The Red Raiders announced this afternoon that Kingsbury will not return as the Red Raiders' head coach in 2019.

A press conference is scheduled for later this afternoon, but Texas Tech's athletic director released the following statement:

"For what he achieved as an athlete, a student and our football coach, Kliff Kingsbury has a special place in the hearts of Red Raiders."

The full release can be seen below:

"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."

Kingsbury will reportedly be hotly pursued on the assistant coaching market, especially from NFL teams.