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The Texas Tech Red Raiders fired Kingsbury in November after they finished with a 5-7 record. He recorded a 35-40 mark over six years with the program.
Kingsbury is unlikely to be unemployed for long. There were multiple reports Thursday about him evaluating opportunities in the NFL and college, including a rumored move to the USC Trojans.
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Because many in the NFL have been monitoring… Spoke to a source close to Kliff Kingsbury who said Kingsbury hasn’t agreed to any deal and is still vetting both college and NFL offers. This one is still early. https://t.co/OkylCBYktt
Bruce Feldman @BruceFeldmanCFB
Pump the brakes on the Kliff Kingsbury to USC talk. His agent Erik Burkhardt just told me “it’s premature to say that any decision (by Kliff) has been made.”
Gil Brandt @Gil_Brandt
These things are never done until the ink dries, but I’ve been told USC and Kliff Kingsbury partnership has been agreed upon by both school and coach.
Schrager indicated Kingsbury’s role with the Rams would strictly be for the remainder of the 2018 season.
That would provide Kingsbury some flexibility regarding his future, but it could also jeopardize his chances of landing his next permanent job. USC, for instance, might not be willing to wait until after the NFL campaign ends for Kingsbury to come aboard full-time.
Feeling out Kingsbury on his willingness to join the staff at least makes plenty of sense for Los Angeles. Texas Tech consistently punched above its weight on offense. Even in what proved to be the coach’s final year, the Red Raiders ranked 26th in S&P+ offensive rating, per Football Outsiders.
Kingsbury could help McVay add a new wrinkle to an offense that is already one of the best in the NFL. Whatever edge Los Angeles can get will help it pursue the franchise’s second Super Bowl.