The Aggies sure have been on a roll. 10-2 in their first season in the SEC, a win over the No. 1 team in the country (at the time), some just fearsome schoolboy commitments, a slew of coaching and player awards, culminating in JFF's Heisman win, unthinkable before the season started. And now the other shoe has dropped: offensive coordinator/quarterback coach, Kliff Kingsbury, has accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater, Texas Tech.
As soon as Tuberville walked out on the Red Radars, Oxey and I began discussing the possibility of losing Kingsbury. We agreed that Tech needed to snag either a) a big name or b) a storied Tech alum in order to overcome Tech's inherent problems: recruiting and location. I was of the opinion that Kingsbury wouldn't want to leave A&M right now....with all of its promise for the next few years including (dare I say it?) contending for a national championship. Oxey opined that Tech would want someone more seasoned and threw out Petrino's name. (This was before he took the job at Western friggin-Kentucky, of all places). Boy, were we wrong on all counts. I guess KK wanted to be a head coach....like NOW! Admittedly, I am not objective, but I don't think it is a good move. But he didn't ask me.
So now Sumlin has to find someone else to run his sonic boom offense and, perhaps more importantly, guide JFF. Will he find someone who played the position, like Kingsbury? Who is out there?
And speaking of the Heisman, I watched the telecast, which was excrutiating in the extreme until the very nanosecond that JFF's name was announced. Johnny handled it well, I thought, and I was particularly moved by his mention of his deceased teammate and his thanks to the 12th man. Then I watched a video of the reaction of the Aggies watching at the Clayton Williams center and teared up all over again. He deserved to win, and faithful, long-suffering Aggies everywhere may have deserved it as well. Gig 'em.
PS: to BBLjr, Oxey, and Ohfor----I imagine Zippy is drinking a cup of beer in heaven right about now.