Kliff Kingsbury is just weeks removed from a 5-7 season and being fired by Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders finished with losing seasons in three straight seasons under Kingsbury. He never finished with more than eight wins, a mark he hit in his first season as head coach.
There were, of course, mitigating circumstances, especially this year when injuries helped derail a promising year.
Still, he never figured out the defense, which was often among the worst in all of FBS.
Kingsbury is set to become the offensive coordinator at USC, under embattled head coach Clay Helton. It seemed like a pretty great opportunity to rebuild his reputation and set him up for another head coaching opportunity down the line.
That came after he was at the center of some NFL coordinator rumors. Apparently, the pros aren’t done looking into Kingsbury, in an even bigger role than anyone would’ve expected.
According to a report by Charles Robinson, Kliff Kingsbury is expected to interview for the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets jobs.
From Yahoo Sports:
Team sources familiar with the head coaching searches of the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets told Yahoo Sports both franchises are expected to conduct formal interviews with Kingsbury for their openings.
Considered to be one of the most creative offensive minds in college football, Kingsbury’s NFL candidacy comes on the heels of him rebuffing an opportunity to coach the University of Houston in recent days. Now the NFL appears to be in play, with multiple league executives telling Yahoo Sports that Kingsbury is in the league’s candidate pool for some head jobs.
There are a ton of NFL openings, and few obvious, exciting candidates. Taking a shot on a young, offensive whiz like Kingsbury might be more exciting than the retread candidates that have been floated for numerous jobs, but this still feels like a huge risk as well.