Trojans hire Kingsbury to be new OC

Southern California hired former Texas Teach head coach Kliff Kingsbury as its new offensive coordinator, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

Kingsbury replaces Tee Martin, fired by USC head coach Clay Helton last week after a dismal 5-7 season. The Trojans finished next to last in offense in the Pac-12 this season.

Kingsbury is considered one of the premier offensive minds in college football, and he was being pursued by more than one NFL team, according to ESPN.

Kingsbury, 39, finished with a record of 35-40 after five seasons at the helm of Texas Tech, his alma mater. Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced in late November that Kingsbury would not be retained for another season.

Kingsbury, who played quarterback at Texas Tech from 1998-2002, took over at his alma mater before the 2013 season, his first head coaching job.

Kingsbury recruited, signed and coached quarterback Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech. Mahomes was lightly recruited out of high school but has blossomed into the best young quarterback in the NFL in Kansas City.

Kingsbury also worked with former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel when he was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M as well as Case Keenum at the University of Houston.

–Field Level Media

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