Needless to say it's been an interesting week around the Texas Tech football program.
First, quarterback Baker Mayfield left the program earlier this week and then last night rumors swirled that assistant coach Sonny Cumbie, one of Texas Tech's very own, had interviewed with Big 12 rival TCU and would possibly make the leap.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was forthcoming on Mayfield leaving the program. First, he said it came as a surprise that Mayfield wanted to transfer, adding that he wanted the freshman quarterback here and that he knew that.
"We had a good talk and he didn't give me any specifics as to why, but he definitely emphasized he was ready to move on," Kingsbury said. "I'm proud of what he's accomplished here and will be his biggest fan moving forward."
Kingsbury said contrary to reports, a starting quarterback has not been named, and never was, for the Red Raiders' Holiday Bowl matchup against Arizona State on Dec. 30. He added there is an ongoing competition between Michael Brewer and Davis Webb, a starter would be named ahead of time, and the media would not know about it.
The first-year head coach added that any "miscommunication" between Mayfield and the coaching staff was news to him.
"Everybody liked Baker, the coaches liked Baker, but if he felt there was a better situation else where, that's what he needed to do," Kingsbury said.
When the topic turned to Cumbie, Kingsbury shut down. He said Cumbie was on the road recruiting so he hadn't had an opportunity to sit down and speak with him and would not speculate on whether Cumbie would take the job at TCU or not.
He did say he wasn't surprised Cumbie might be leaving.
"I think it's a credit to what he's done here and if he does take that job he should be proud that he's coveted in that manner," Kingsbury said. "I think that's the way the profession goes when you have the kind of success he's had. You're going to try an progress and move forward with your career."
- Kingsbury said senior cornerback Bruce Jones is back practicing after being held out due to a concussion suffered against Texas on Thanksgiving and will play in the Holiday Bowl.
- According to Kingsbury, Jace Amaro's decision to either declare for the NFL Draft or return for his senior year is an ongoing process.
- Kingsbury said there hasn't been any player departures other than what has already been reported.
- The team will fly out to San Diego for the bowl game on Christmas day.
- Kingsbury said the optimal number of quarterbacks on the roster would be five, but he's not looking to use a scholarship on an additional quarterback this class. Tech currently has just Brewer and Webb on the roster with Whitehouse senior quarterback Patrick Mahomes committed to the Red Raiders.
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