Mahomes: Kingsbury would succeed in the NFL

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November 29, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II (5) and head coach Kliff Kingsbury walk off the field after after a 54-35 win against Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Nov. 25, 2016. Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes spent Saturday during the bye week roaming the sidelines at AT&T Stadium and was even on tape hugging Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury prior to the Red Raiders’ season-ending loss to Baylor. By Sunday afternoon, the school announced Kingsbury had been fired.

Kingsbury, himself a former Texas Tech quarterback, served as a mentor and coach to Mahomes. Kingsbury helped mold Mahomes into the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft by the Chiefs. Kingsbury coached Mahomes, as a starting quarterback, longer than any coach Mahomes has had (he didn’t start until part way through his junior year of high school).

“I talked to Coach Kingsbury and he let me know the news, but at the same time I kind of saw it on Twitter,” Mahomes said Wednesday. “I’m close to Coach Kingsbury. He really helped my game and helped me as a person a lot. He’s a genuine good person and at the same time a very smart football coach. I know he’ll land back on his feet somewhere else. I’m excited for the future with him.”

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