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Haverty returning to Tech to join Kingsbury staff

Former Red Raiders receiver to coach safeties

Posted: December 30, 2012 - 11:21pm  |  Updated: December 31, 2012 - 1:00am
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Sunday was the eighth anniversary of Trey Haverty’s catching eight passes for 147 yards in Texas Tech’s Holiday Bowl upset of a fourth-ranked California team.

Haverty found a good way to celebrate: By coming back to the Tech program.

The former Red Raiders receiver said via text message Sunday that he resigned as a TCU assistant coach and will be joining Kliff Kingsbury’s new Tech staff.

“I resigned earlier this afternoon,” Haverty wrote in a text message. “I’m excited to get back to Lubbock!”

Haverty said he will be coaching safeties. One of Kingsbury’s first hires, Kevin Curtis, is expected to coach cornerbacks.

Kingsbury is making good on one of the plans he outlined when he was hired Dec. 12. He said he wanted a young, energetic staff that loves and appreciates the state and the West Texas area.

Haverty is another who fits that description.

“Excited to get things rolling in Lubbock,” Haverty said.

Four of Kingsbury’s first five known hires are young former Tech players: Curtis, Eric Morris, Mike Smith and Haverty. Curtis is 32 years old, Smith and Haverty 31 and Morris 27.

Kingsbury also reportedly has hired Houston offensive line coach Lee Hays, a 45-year-old Del Rio native who has coached at Texas A&M-Kingsville, West Texas A&M, Baylor and Tarleton State.

He also has hired Chad Dennis from Texas A&M as head strength and conditioning coach and retained assistant strength and conditioning coach Aaron Uzzell and director of football operations Tommy McVay.

Haverty played at Tech from 2000 through 2004, progressing from a walk-on when he joined the program to a third-team All-American his senior year, when he caught a Big 12-leading 77 passes for 1,019 yards and six touchdowns.

Haverty’s Tech playing career overlapped with the last three years of Kingsbury’s.

Haverty coached at Midlothian High School in 2005 and coached receivers at Cisco Junior College in 2006. After that, he became a TCU graduate assistant from 2007 through 2009 and served as defensive coordinator in 2010 at Millsaps College, an NCAA Division III program in Jackson, Miss.

He returned to TCU as safeties coach in 2011, and coached the Horned Frogs’ wide receivers this year.

TCU finished 7-6. The Horned Frogs lost 17-16 to Michigan State on Saturday in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Tempe, Ariz.

Haverty said he will be back in Lubbock on Tuesday.

 

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Interesting Development

When KK said he would hire ex-Raiders I thought that was the thing to do--and it still is. However, I never realized that there would be this many assistants with Tech ties on the staff. I'll bet that there are more assistants as of this date that are coaching for their Alma Matter than any other BCS school.

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What?

No, no, no, we want Tuberville back, hes a defense guru. Not really, great hire!!! Keep it goin.

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Gone to Heaven

Another Tech hire from "within."

So this is what heaven is like.

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No substitute..

You always hear that there is no substitute for experience. This goes for players, and I believe coaches alike. I like and admire his concept but I would feel much better if he would hire some experience. With the looks of what he is doing now, I hope the fans stay excited when we are 5-7 and 6-6 the next couple of years.

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Settin' 'em up for a flip...

Our coaches and players can swap uniforms at halftime and nobody will be the wiser, they all look the same age. I have hopes for this squad but it would be nice to have some experience. Then again, young folks are often successful because they haven't learned that they can't do it.

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Experience

Hance and his Bozo crew hired experience. They brought us the experienced Tuberville for $2 million a year and they brought us that defensive expereienced TCU defensive guru Glasgow at $400,000 a year and look what we got.

Good job Kingsbury. You are hiring your assistants. I am sure that next season you will be the first to say that you are responsible for the victories and the losses. This in itself is a breath of fresh air.

Now if we could do the same thing in the administration building and clean out the trash we have there, Tech could become a great school academically and athletically.

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KIDS

So when will he hire an adult....with a few years under his belly? Looks like all we are getting is kids. No problem with it if they get it done, but someone needs to be the seasoned vet coach.........a few gray hairs. Youth is great but knowledge & years help too

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Can they get discipline?!

After seeing the embarrassment that was the Meineke bowl, I'm more scared about whether these kid coaches can get the discipline from student athletes that aren't much older than they are! If they can get their respect and get discipline, then the energy and Tech ties will pay off, if they can't, it will be a DISASTER!

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@shimp11

We Had plenty of grey hair with Tuberville. Do you want that bozo back?

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Exactly

Given the last three seasons, the "experience" thing seems overblown to a fan base that was sold manure about a lame duck coach who had an undefeated season in, what might as well been, biblical times. Not only that, had major, almost to the point of psychosis, character flaws. He was experienced. How'd that work out for us? This is innovative and new to Lubbock. Sound familiar? Its whats needed here.

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Youth

I am 100% behind Kingsbury. I don't think that youth is a problem. What we needed and what we are getting is some coaches that bleed red and black. Somebody with the guts to try something a little different and with the playing experience to go with it. This youth thing worked pretty well at A&M and Houston, and there are several other coaches around that did pretty well in their youth as well. Many are not doing too good as they aged. Just ask Mack Brown about that. Win or lose, at least now I feel that we have some coaches with integrity. It will be a breath of fresh air.

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Gotta admit, I'm on the fence here (Whoa, Pete doesn't ...

have an opinion here!!??). I like the Kliff hire, and he knows more football than I ever will. I'm rooting for TTU no matter who the coaches are, what aggie/hance ties they have, or whether their diapers are Huggies or Depends. WHAT I want to know is who have these guys recruited??? Kliff didn't recruit Manziel or Keenum. So, we're going to recruit west Texas, great! So, how many state Titles, All-State, or 5,4, or 3-star players are there out here??? How many of them did we get??? Who of any worth did we get from elsewhere??? A JUCO RB??? Providing he's better than Williams/Foster/Washington, who is going to block for him??? Where is a run-stopping DT??? Pass-rushing DE??? CBs to hold in check Big12 passing attacks??? I can already hear the hypocritical "Turdville left the cupboard bare" after next years 6-6. Lord please let me be wrong so I can eat dung, but all I've seen so far is nobody who has won anything recruiting nobody we need, and the sure-to-come hypocritical excuses and blame from the same old hateful bunch of rogues/rascals/varmints. Guess I fell off the fence. Please Kliff, kick me up and over to the greener side!!

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@Feaco & Coyote

Your remarks are right on target.

How is it possible you could get a single "thumbs down" for your posts? It makes me wonder who on earth is inhabiting this site.

Maybe Bill's got about six stage names.

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Discipline -- Coach Kliff you have a job on your hands

Dear Coach Kliff,

Please coach discipline from day one. If a player acts like that tight end sit him down.

For the past 10 to 15 years our players and other teams act like they have to celebrate every single half good play. Stop celebrating yourself and make a defensive play.

Stop jawing with the other team. Turn and walk away. Make a good play and don't get pulled into jawing.

Find a defense and get some pride in defense. Guns up.

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Williams and Hyatt off the air

Who cares. Went to Rudy's one night and they were sitting there all alone. No one was even listening. Looked goofy. Kinda like Steve Pitbul doing his sound engineer peon stuff. Missing the Jakeem Grant 99-yard TD return in the bowl game. THE RADIO PLAY BY PLAY MISSED THE 99-YARD KICKOFF RETURN. LMAO.

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@facts

Goes to show you, facts, the same bunch of tubs apologist hypocrites that whined about others not supporting the Red Raiders because we thought correctly that the Tuberville hire was stupidity at its finest, now whine about our unconditional support of the new coach. These are the (still) amazingly small minority who are going to be the first to hammer Kingsbury based on their narrow minded hatred of his former coach. In my opinion it is twisted thinking that this same bunch who think Mr Hance is the second coming, was a genius for hiring Tuberville all the while claiming that Hance was responsible for the Kingsbury hire. And now they claim that Kliff is making a huge mistake by not hiring an old [filtered word] to keep the young-uns in line. You cant argue with stupid people like that even though we do. The thumbs up/down is childish. I dont even give myself a thumbs up. It is starkly obvious that Tuberville was a bad hire. And, yes it is possible that the most recent hire could be wrong as well. The fact is, that for Tech to reach the "next level" the program has to be innovative and unique. This is a start. Had Tuberville won more, been honest, and generally had more class, we would not be having this discussion. Let the thumbs begin!

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"Kid Coaches?"

Whats with the "kid coaches" remarks? How old are some of you posters? These are grown men in their early 30's. They are in the prime of their lives. I am all for these men taking control of this football team. I will not judge these men's coaching abilities by their age. Sure they are unproven but every great coach had to start somewhere and I will gladly take a chance and hope for greatness in Lubbock. Plus I have no doubt that Kingsbury will have no problem establishing discipline with his new team

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Oh dear.....

Long live the GOB's!!!!

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@raderpower3234

You hit the nail on the head. I thought I was the only one who thought it was silly for a defensive player to make one good tackle and then jump around waving his arms and chest bumping everybody like he had just returned a 98 yard interception to win the game. I can remember when Darrell Royal would not tolerate that kind of behavior and would bench the guys. These people are at Tech to play football and whether you like it or not, that is their job and they should do their job well. There is too much of this "Look at me" attitude in all sports today.

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I am 3,000 years old

and I am certain these young hires are EXACTLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

For one thing, it distances the program from the age group of the people whose collective ego's destroyed the program.

We are on the right track.

Go Tech.

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Yes !!!

I love the young hires ! Tubberville proved to us that old coaches don't want to change even when the game is passing them by ! I don't care if we are 7-5 each year as long as we are trying as hard as we can ! Tubs quit in the 3rd quarter against OU and in the 4th quarter against a&m the year before . The old coaches think they know the out come and give up . I don't know how coach tubs got this far quitting on his teams . I can't wait for next year ! Wreck em Tech !

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Just Give Them A Chance

These guys are young and will have alot to prove this is true. The difference between them and some of the more "experienced" coaches is that they will probably not be shown favoritism. I can almost hear Kingsbury addressing them in his office...."Look, I am very excited to have you on board and think you have great potential, but at the end of the day we have to evaluate each coach on productivity." I'm sure many of you will agree with me on the fact that Kingsbury has already set the expectation and if the guys fail miserably he will have no choice but to replace them....possibly with someone who has more experience. For now let's give them a chance.

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My concerns...

I am "all-in" with Kliff and his staff, but I still have a couple of concerns. Some of you posters can downplay the importance of experience all you want, but using Tuberville as a solitary example doesn't help your case. As the old adage says, there's no substitute for experience.

That doesn't mean that I think Tech should have hired another former head coach. Like I said, I'm thrilled to welcome Kliff back into the Jones. I do, however, hope he makes a hire of an assistant with at least a modicum of head coaching experience. Chris Thomsen would have been a perfect fit. I don't think Kliff needs any help with the Xs and Os. He obviously knows how to gameplan effectively against the best of defenses (SEC). I'm equally confident he knows how to make adjustments when the defense makes them.

No, I think it would be wise for Kliff to have someone with a head coach "mind" on the sidelines for those in-game decisions he's never had to make before as an OC. Someone whose ear he can bend when a question regarding clock management, managing time-outs, etc. If someone like Chris Thomsen comes on board as a position coach, that concern will be alleviated.

My other concern regards recruiting. I heard someone the other day say, "we need coaches, not recruiters". That is so wrong. We need BOTH. Trey Haverty is supposed to be TCU's best recruiter, and he's supposedly soaked up Gary Patterson's defensive coaching ability like a sponge. I think he's an outstanding hire. I'm a little concerned about the rest of them. None of them have really proven themselves as either good recruiters or "X & O" coaches. Nonetheless, I'm behind them until they give me reason not to be.

Ought to be interesting.

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Familiarity breeds contempt

It's like I was afraid of before, hiring too many of his buddies. I don't mind the youth and TTU ties, but he will have to make tough choices especially if things start going wrong. Will he be able to discipline or put his foot down with his friends? I hope it all goes well, and it might, but there is room for pause with so many young guys and familiarity. Hopefully it all works out. Go Tech!!

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I agree Elby

To a point. Lets just say that, while experience would be nice to bring along, it will not insure success anymore than the newbies, with the example being Mr Tubberville. Certainly, it could be helpful, though, if the guy is the right man for the right position, hired shrewdly by Kingsbury. But, in my case, I have no problem with putting a gray hair on the staff to work UNDER Kingsbury. Im fairly confident, before the process is finished, we'll see an experienced guy in place. So far, most of the hires have been position coaches. Well, all of them, actually. I wouldnt be surprised to see an older guy brought on board as DC.

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@ Coyote

I agree. I think that's why Kingsbury has only hired a "co-defensive coordinator". To me that hints towards an experienced DC being hired.

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I'm With Kingsbury...

if he hires Alfred E. Newman.

Tuberville was going to get a 4th year, so Kingsbury gets AT LEAST that.

But here's the thing: Brewer is ready and PERFECT for Kingsbury's Leach wrinkle.

I think we're already in business with Kingsbury/Brewer. A&M was.

Go Tech.

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Careful, Facts

You'll have every Hancer (all 5 of them) in the trailer parks hating Kingsbury with the "L" word reference. I will say though, with Brewers mobility, there may be just one minor, maybe major, difference. "L" wasnt crazy about his QBs tucking the ball in and running. Something, I never quite understood about "L", with the depth he usually had under center. Of course, not all of them were runners. Potts, in particular, even though he had the longest touchdown run of any of the "L" era quarterbacks.

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@Coyote

I'm 0-3 on my last post. I may have to change my stage name to get a fair shake from some of these lock-steppers. I gave Tubs credit for his start this year, which I would suggest was a semi-endorsement for the Almighty Powers That Be, because that seemed like the objective thing to do. Later I was bombarded and called a flip flopper when the club pulled its 2nd consecutive tent-folding finish to the season.

There are MANY, MANY programs in the country that are employing wrinkles of the You-Know-Who offense--we saw the offense continue to wrinkle for ten years in Lubbock. Kingsbury's current wrinkle employs the presence of the mobile QB. And that is what made my previous post offensive?

Maybe "Huckleberry" would be a good stage name.

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Facts....

Don't change your name.....whoever disses you is just trying to get your "goat" as they used to say. The post you are refering to was right on......I can't wait to see Mr. Brewer in action. I got frustrated with "L" not wanting to either recruit or take advantage of a mobile quarterback. I know they aren't running in droves recruiting wise but when you get a chance to get one, go for him and then let him do what he does best.

By the way after I sign off here I'm going up to your post and hit the up button as many times as it will let me. I have your back.....

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