Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech players project confidence at Media Days

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders interacts with Patrick Mahomes II
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders interacts with Patrick Mahomes II /

If people think Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is in the “hot seat,” you might want to reconsider discussing it with him. For Kingsbury, it’s business as usual, and then some.

Kliff Kingsbury has been involved in an endless circulation of “hot seat” discussion since last season. While defensive issues have been the primary reason for Texas Tech’s shortcomings, as head football coach, Kingsbury takes the brunt of the blame, and with good reason.

Texas Tech’s defense has been statistically bad through much of the program’s history, and in a league where offense is king, teams must learn to adapt. For Kliff Kingsbury, the adaptation process was a long time in the making, and time will only tell if his new mentality of splitting his time on both sides of the ball is effective, but one thing fans can agree on, is that something is finally being done.

Kingsbury addressed media members on Monday by saying if you’re the coach of a team outside the Top 4 {in the nation, presumably), you’re always on the hot seat. That’s certainly one way of looking at a situation nobody every feels comfortable talking about, but for Kingsbury, focusing on championships is the exact forward thinking Texas Tech needs right now.

As many fans noticed with Texas Tech players, Keke Coutee, Cameron Batson, Jah’Shawn Johnson, and Dylan Cantrell at Media Days on Monday, the suit game resembled that of a scene in HBO’s “Ballers.”

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Media professionals are used to players donning branded Polo shirts and slacks, but the Tech contingent looked more like CEO’s, and their body language commanded a certain attention we haven’t seen from Red Raiders in recent Media Day history. In fact, their presence resembled that of projected first-rounders at NFL Combine interviews.

I’m not sure if that’s a residual effect of the energy and vibes in the Tech facilities, or if it was just the excitement of being there, but the moxie was contagious.

When players and coaches converge for the event, they’re typically hit with a barrage of repetitive questions, which can sometimes catch them off guard. For Tech players, interview after interview projected a confidence similar to coach Kingsbury. It was a refreshing observation, especially considering how intimidating the headlines have read this offseason about Kingsbury’s job security.

What was projected at Media Days portrays Texas Tech’s mentality as a team that’s been preparing for battle; a team that is finally prepared to fight for each other.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said, “The best reality TV is live sports.” Truer words have never been spoken, and for Texas Tech critics and apologists alike, 2017 could be the most dramatic season yet.

It’s obvious Texas Tech Football has let the negativity motivate them to strive for more, but if the play matches the confidence, business will be booming.