ESPN.com Big 12 blogger Jake Trotter recently chatted with Texas Tech head man Kliff Kingsbury about multiple topics, including recent quarterback attrition and the proposed rule change designed to slow down his offense.
Trotter: You’ve had two quarterbacks (Mayfield and Brewer) leave since the end of the regular season. Is there anything you would have done differently with them?
Kingsbury: No, I wouldn’t. I feel like I’ve always had great relationships with all the quarterbacks I’ve coached. Unfortunately those situations didn’t work out. I had great relationships with them. I think if you asked them, they’d say they enjoyed playing for me. For some reason, it didn’t work out. I’ll be pulling for them the rest of their careers. But as far as doing something different — the season was what it was.
Trotter: It seemed to me like both times you were surprised by their decisions. Is that accurate?
Kingsbury: In both cases, I didn’t see it coming. It was news to me when it did come. In talking to them both wanted a fresh start. I’m not going to hold it against them if they want to go somewhere else to play. We want kids that want to be here and want to be at Texas Tech.
Trotter: What were your thoughts on the proposed rule changes to slow down the game?
Kingsbury: I hated it, obviously. I’ve been confused why it was even brought up. To throw it on players’ safety is ridiculous. There’s no data that says anything about high-tempo offenses causing more injuries. I’m baffled by it a bit, but I don’t think it’s going to pass.
Trotter: Why didn’t you participate in the slam-dunk contest with some of your players at halftime of the basketball game last week?
Kingsbury: I didn’t want to end up on SportsCenter’s Not Top Ten.
Great stuff from Trotter. Kliff’s reaction to the question about Brewer and Mayfield is priceless. In one breath he dismissed speculation that it was all somehow his fault, and reemphasized to players and potential recruits that Tech is a place you either want to be or you don’t. He and his staff aren’t interested in players who don’t want to be Red Raiders.
Checkout the full interview, where Kingsbury and Trotter talk about everything from the new recruiting class to improvement along the offensive line.