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Kingsbury on dealing with a 3-7 season: "You try to not let losing define you"


Coach for long enough and veteran coaches will tell you that the chances are really good that you're going to encounter a rough season or two.

Kliff Kingsbury's first few seasons as a young offensive coordinator couldn't have gone much better. Kingsbury won back-to-back FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year awards (2011 and 2012), helping offenses led by quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel with Texas A&M, and Case Keenum at Houston put up video game numbers.

His first year at Texas Tech was filled with plenty of off the field fun and an 8-5 performance on the field in his first season that led to a "massive" contract extension in late August of 2014.

But this year has been a different story. The Red Raiders are sitting at 3-7 with only one power-five win, which happened to be over Kansas, coached by interim head coach Clint Bowen. Their other two wins came by a combined 11 points over FCS Central Arkansas (42-35) and UTEP (30-26).

Asked in an ESPN piece about how he's dealing with the disappointing season, Kingsbury explained his approach.

"You just put your head down and grind. You try not to let it define you, let losing define you."

"I'm always about the next day. You wake up a little earlier, work a little harder. I just get immersed in the next day, what's ahead of me. If you do that then you don't have time to feel sorry for yourself or go into a woe-is-me way of thinking."

There are a lot of good coaches out there that don't win 10 games a year, or bring home a state title or Coach of the Year honors.

ESPN's article has a lot more content in it, including content from those on the coaching staff and AD Kirby Hocutt. but that quote from Kingsbury will strike a chord with a lot of coaches.

Read the full piece here