Sometimes you have to remind yourself Kingsbury is still a first-year head coach at the relatively young age of 34.
Despite being described by some as "not a people-person," he seems to handle public appearances well.
Kingsbury opened his weekly press conference Monday by cracking up members of the media, "I'll start off and just say I know for a fact I'm not the last quarterback to lose to Iowa State, so, let's get that out of the way."
The young coach handled the expected barrage of Baker Mayfield injury questions with ease. He opened with a nugget that Mayfield is not expected to miss the season but was vague in regards to Mayfield's availability this week against Iowa State.
Maybe it's easy to keep your composure when you're setting all kinds of school records for success.
Kingsbury tied Dell Morgan (1941-50) for the best coaching start in Texas Tech history at 5-0 with the Red Raiders' 54-16 thrashing of Kansas on Saturday. He can become the first Red Raider head coach ever to begin his tenure 6-0 with a win over Iowa State (1-3, 0-1 in Big 12) at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
The Red Raiders (2-0 in Big 12) are also ranked 20th in the nation by the Associated Press, and have been nationally ranked since the third game of the season, two games faster than any of his predecessors ever accomplished.
He and his young staff also seem to be slaying it in recruiting with 21 current commits, including a handful of prospects who chose the Red Raiders over Big 12 rivals Oklahoma and TCU.
So maybe it's no surprise Kingsbury wrapped his media session with a bit of swagger after a reporter asked if he'd seen what Baylor had been doing offensively.
"Yeah, I mean I just really watch us more than anything, so that's kind of where we're at," Kingsbury said.
11 a.m. kickoff's a non-factor
After a sluggish start to last week's game against Kansas, which started at 11 a.m., some have wondered if maybe the guys on the team just aren't morinng people.
Not only is Saturday's game against Iowa State at 11 a.m., but it was announced Monday that next week's contest against West Virginia in Morgantown will be at 11 as well.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury squashed any concerns of a morning malaise.
"I thought our energy was good to start the game [last week], we just had some things go against us," Kingsbury said. "I thought they were ready to play so I'm sure with that crowd this week they'll be fired up and ready to go at 11. But, that can never be an excuse. Football is football, so I never thought that was that big of a deal."
Much respect for Iowa State
Everyone who took the podium for Texas Tech talked about how much they respect the Iowa State program and you could tell by their tone they weren't just trying to avoid message board material.
"Iowa State, they always come fired up, it's never an easy game by any means," Texas Tech defensive lineman Kerry Hyder said. "They always come out ready to play and I expect them to come out fired up as usual."
- Texas Tech is 8-3 all-time versus Iowa State.
- Texas Tech's average student attendance (13,900) is on pace to obliterate the school record this season, up 4,000 from last year and up 719 a game in overall attendance.
- Texas Tech has already matched the 2012 season total for turnovers with 11, tied for fourth in the Big 12.
- Iowa State's last victory over Tech came in 2011 in a 41-7 rout at Jones AT&T Stadium, the Cyclones lone victory in Lubbock.
- Iowa State's win in 2011 was its largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent in school history.
- Iowa State has defeated at least one ranked opponent each of the past three seasons.
- Tech is Iowa State's first nationally ranked opponent this season.
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