New Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, all of 33 years old, has been the rage all offseason. He's been the profile subject of a dozen national outlets, Red Raiders fans are thrilled with their Native Son taking over and even Kingsbury's old receiving mate, Wes Welker, got into the hiring process, endorsing Kingsbury.
And Kingsbury was a hot topic in Dallas, as much as anything for his connections with multiple Big 12 colleagues.
During Kingsbury's time quarterbacking Tech, West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen coached Red Raider receivers and Art Briles coached Red Raider running backs.
Kingsbury, as a QB, beat Bob Stoops' Sooners 38-28 in 1999 and Mack Brown's Longhorns 42-38 in 2002.
And Kansas coach Charlie Weis was the New England quarterback coach when the Patriots picked Kingsbury in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
“He's always been one of my favorite people,” Weis said of Kingsbury. “One thing that I was intrigued about back when he was playing at Texas Tech is that they never called a run. The entire year, they didn't call a run. Every play was a pass that you could check to a run. I had never heard of that before.
“Kliff was a pleasure to be around. He obviously had some guys ahead of him that are Hall of Fametype people (Tom Brady), but I can tell you that he was a pleasure to be around and he was a sponge, and him having early success in his coaching career has come as no great surprise to me.”