Texas Tech hires Kliff Kingsbury for head coach

His future's so bright ... (US Presswire)

Kliff Kingsbury is returning to Lubbock.

The announcement that Kingsbury would become the new Texas Tech head football coach was made by athletic director Kirby Hocutt with a video on Twitter. Welcome to 2012, football fans.

The move is not all that surprising. Kingsbury's name was one of the first mentioned for the job after Tommy Tuberville left for Cincinnati. The 33-year old Kingsbury just finished helping Johnny Manziel become the first freshman in history to win the Heisman Trophy and ran an offense that finished third in the nation in total offense and points per game this season.

All during Texas A&M's first season in the defense-heavy SEC and in only his third season as a full-time coach.

Kingsbury came to Texas A&M with Kevin Sumlin this season, but of course Texas Tech fans know him for other reasons. Kingsbury played quarterback for the Red Raiders from 1998 to 2002 and flourished under the tutelage of Mike Leach.

Kingsbury finished his career at Tech having thrown for 12,429 yards and 95 touchdowns, leaving Lubbock with 39 school records to his name.

Now he'll be looking to add a few coaching records to his resume.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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