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Williams: Hocutt's hire not necessarily hurried

Texas Tech's athletic director clearly knew where he was headed shortly after he hung up from his last conversation with Tommy Tuberville

Posted: December 13, 2012 - 11:52pm  |  Updated: December 14, 2012 - 1:23am

There’s a sports theory that an athletic director, always at the ready for a coach’s departure, keeps a list of replacement targets in his desk drawer. If not there, then certainly in the back of his mind.

I can’t say whether Kirby Hocutt has that list on paper, but clearly he knew where he was headed from shortly after he hung up from his last conversation with Tommy Tuberville. One moment, the Texas Tech athletic director was spending a carefree Saturday morning watching a kids’ soccer game.

Next thing he knew, Hocutt found himself suddenly in need of a new coach.

It took him right at 100 hours to land Kliff Kingsbury.

Which strikes me as a quick and decisive action on Hocutt’s part.

“I don’t think of him as quick and decisive,” Texas Tech Board of Regents chairman Jerry Turner, the former Red Raiders player, said Wednesday. “I think of him as very deliberate. I think he has gut reactions. I think he really likes to revisit those gut reactions. I don’t think this was a decision that was not well considered.”

Certainly, if Hocutt needed a nudge, Tech fans provided it. Until now, the Red Raiders have never had a head football coach who actually graduated from Tech. Kliff’s the first. That gave him some pull.

By all appearances, Kingsbury was the people’s choice compared to Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, the other frontrunner. Those clamoring for a return to Mike Leach-style football drowned out those fearful of Tech being on-the-job training for a 33-year-old first-time head coach.

There’s plenty of time to see who’s right.

Fan preferences notwithstanding, Hocutt’s actions seemed to originate in the head as opposed to the heart.

His worries about Kingsbury, if any, are well hidden.

“Kliff has had a tremendous career, he’s had immediate success as a college football coach and his ties to Texas Tech were important to us,” Hocutt said. “He’s been on the radar screen for the past number of years.”

See? Hocutt has that list, somewhere, and had Kingsbury’s name in a prominent spot.

Given a day or two to take stock of the situation after that shocking Saturday, Hocutt took off Tuesday on a private jet for a whirlwind day of seeing candidates.

He must’ve known when he landed back in Lubbock that night which direction he was taking the program, because by mid-day Wednesday he had convened in Austin with Kingsbury, interim President Lawrence Schovanec and Chancellor Kent Hance to hire a coach.

Unlike with some past Tech coaching searches, Hocutt didn’t spend a dime on a consulting firm.

“I think he’s got a terrific network,” Turner said. “I know he worked that network among the athletic conferences and the AD community.”

All that networking goes into the day-to-day business of being an athletic director. That’s how you lay the groundwork to get your guy in four days.

It explains how one person can see Hocutt as quick and decisive and another view him as very deliberate.

As John Wooden used to say, be quick but don’t hurry.

 

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Uhhhhh.....what?

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Good article Don

And what a difference from the previous AD's methodology. From all my indicators, 99.9% of the Raider Nation is supportive of the talented and youthful choice. Well done Kirby and GUNS UP!

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Bartender, please cut Pete off

Before he hurts himself with his words

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Peter

Or do you go by dick? Ive noticed an underlying sickness in your posts. Whether youre trolling for a man or, as in your previous post, mentioning little boys, you seem obsessed with, not only your worship of the chancellor, but alternative personal preference. Oh, Im fully aware that you mentioned Mr Hance wasnt important in your life (a common hancer tactic) yet you sprung into action to defend the bespectacled nuclear dump builder. So that confirms my impression of you as a liar. Youve certainly chosen a fine group to associate yourself with. A few obama types mixed with a functional illiterate (bill). A turncoat (nash) who now is a TAMU fan, wscott (the drive-by hancer). Likewise, they have accepted you. Congratulations on becoming a lubbockonline hancer, and a hancer in general. Perhaps the smallest special interest group on the planet.

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Really?!

Don, that "list theory" is probably made up by you...There is/was no list because YOU and the Tech admin were fooled into thinking that ole pine box was gonna be here a long long time! You guys bought the lie when he said he was tired of moving around. KK was available and the logical choice and a fan favorite. I give credit to Kirby for the KK hire but please stop making stuff up about something so ridiculous.

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KENP

Where did KENP wander off to during all this?

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Hey guys!

Lets forget that one week ago the vast percentage of Lubbock media was telling us what a great coach Tuberville was because "we were picked 9th and we did a little better than that" and "ol Tubs isnt going anywhere, hes the face of Texas Tech!". The hypocrisy and loss of credibility of the bought out Lubbock media especially referring to Texas Tech football is of biblical proportion. 24 hours later they were bashing Tuberville like they knew he was a snake all along, being extra careful not to mention the almighty chancellor in the process, lest they lose contacts in the athletic department. Must be a crappy way to live, without any self respect.

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Glad Kliff is here.

Hiring Kliff, is certainly a good thing for Texas Tech fans. but... there is always a but. ,some folks wont forget what has transpired in the past few years,the firing of Leach and all that surrounded that time ,and having Tubbs shoved down our throats,if you want to get a good laugh check out Tubbs interview with Dan Patrick and Dan Patrick s take on that night when ol Tubbs left the recuits at the dinner Table at the 50 yard line . A lot of damage has been done to this University,over the past few years, fortunately for Tech and Hance and Turner and the rest fans do want to move on and put what has happened in the past and get behind Kliff, thats human nature to want what is good .. Hopefully all will work out and the RAIDER Nation can be proud again..

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Glad Kliff is here.

Hiring Kliff, is certainly a good thing for Texas Tech fans. but... there is always a but. ,some folks wont forget what has transpired in the past few years,the firing of Leach and all that surrounded that time ,and having Tubbs shoved down our throats,if you want to get a good laugh check out Tubbs interview with Dan Patrick and Dan Patrick s take on that night when ol Tubbs left the recuits at the dinner Table at the 50 yard line . A lot of damage has been done to this University,over the past few years, fortunately for Tech and Hance and Turner and the rest fans do want to move on and put what has happened in the past and get behind Kliff, thats human nature to want what is good .. Hopefully all will work out and the RAIDER Nation can be proud again..

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KK Hiring

Still seems like an entirely emotional hire..... but a large part of me really likes it.

The other interesting angle is that going to Kliff really does show support of the Leach offense.... I know we really like the offense....I guess just not the guy who created it. Kliff and Leach have a good relationship....hard to believe there wont be strong leach philosophy in Kliffs offense.

Air Raid returns....buit lets not forget how good Foster, Williams and Stephens are running the rock.

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Coach K

Coach Kingsbury will bring his own flavor to the offense as as result of his experience with Leach, the NFL and Coach Sumlin. I think as far as coaching he learned to most from Coach Sumlin. Here is SEC country they hadn't seen that type of offense, maybe Georgia was the closest thing. Although, it will be a version of the spread, it will be Kliff's version of the spread. His offense remotely resembles Leach's. Kliff had the priviledge of working with great recruiting classses and he will have that great fortune here. I told people around here to not be suprised if A&M made a big splash in the SEC with Coach Sumlin and his staff at the helm. They haven't seen a spread offense done right down here and A&M now had the Coach to go along with the recruits. They still clamor that, "the SEC defenses have seen it and next year will know how to stop and beat that offense". Ok, they are still in shock I think, especially Bama fans. I look forward to seeing what Kingsbury can do with the great recruist that were brought in that last few years, and I'm excited to see how Kliff's offense translates on the field. Go Tech!!!

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Kliff

He will add his own twists. Thing is, Leach only played it out in his mind. Kingsbury actually executed it, so hes able to tweak it his way with his actual experience. Should be a good mix. Plus we get Amaro back. Interesting to see how Kingsbury integrates him.

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staff & recruits

now we need assistants & recruits & to win the bowl game.

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perspective

Williams mentioned in his tweet that Morris & Gober were on the UofH staff in 2011 when they went 13-1. A partial list of wins were against North Texas, La. Tech, Georgia State, UTEP, E. Carolina, Rice, and Marshall. They lost to S. Miss. in the conference championship game. No biggies there. They also beat two down-at-the-time programs, UCLA and Penn State, but so did everyone else. Let's don't play for the national championship game just yet; it ain't goin' to happen folks........close, no cigar, like when Lurch was here.

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No reference to the article

He makes 3 posts on an article about Kirby Hocutt, yet never mentions him once in his 20 lines of drivel, deceit, and depravity. What's your real agenda here? Oh, that's right, you're incapable of being truthful. And have no comprehension of sarcasm or satire.

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Stop

Please stop the continuous complaining and fighting! Forget about the past and celebrate our new coach and the hopeful future!

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