It's safe to say Tech fans are fired up after Wednesday's announcement. Texas Tech Interim President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec thinks "it's so gratifying to see how our fan base, all the supporters and friends of the university have come together behind Kliff. And there's a great sense of excitement about what's to come."
Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance adds, "the last five or six days has has kind of been a whirlwind, and sometimes things happen and sometimes they're a blessing in disguise and I think that's probably what this'll turn out to be."
When Schovanec, Althletics Director Kirby Hocutt and Hance sat down with Kingsbury in Austin, they knew what they were looking for. "Somebody who's dedicated to this institution and is enthusiastic about being here, who has a long term commitment to Tech, and that's Kliff" says Scovanec. He adds Kingsbury's professional experience was another reason he was a good choice.
Bill dean with the Texas Tech Alumni Association says Kingsbury's status as an alum unites the fan base. "He understands the culture here. He understands Texas tech. He went to school here, played football here, so it's a good fit I think."
Schovanec goes on to say "One thing Kliff said is that there's something special about Red Raiders. They always kind of have a chip on their shoulder, that's the way the team plays. He understands that and he can use that to his advantage."
All of those factors contribute to the obvious excitement after Kingsbury was announced as head coach. Dean says I think the reaction has been extremely positive. I've heard very little negative reaction at all."
Local store owners are already reacting to the sudden impact of a delighted fan base, trying to meet the demand for number 16 merchandise. General Manager of Cardinal's, Brad wyatt says "we've had a lot of requests for jerseys, the old 16 jersey. We've had requests for t-shirts, and we've had requests for the sunglasses that he wears that he's been seen on the sidelines when he was at A&M."
Not only are fans excited about the new hire, but Raider Power seems to be at an all time high. Wyatt goes on to say "we always sell a lot of tech merchandise during Christmas because it makes a great gift, but we have really have even more than that. More people that have been excited. So we've had a flux an influx increased Tech sales today alone already."
Schovanec says they are putting Tuberville's departure behind them and looking forward to the return of the air raid.