Kliff Kingsbury wearing a uniform standing in front of a crowd© Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports activities

The Arizona Cardinals employed former Texas Tech head coach (and briefly, USC offensive coordinator) Kliff Kingsbury earlier this week. His offensive resume is spectacular, in addition to the quarterbacks he’s coached: Case Keenum, Johnny Manziel, Baker Mayfield, and Patrick Mahomes. 

He’ll face a kind of guys, Mayfield, when his group performs the Cleveland Browns in 2019 — and issues might get fairly fascinating when that occurs. NFL schedules don’t come out till April so we don’t know the precise date of this recreation simply but.

Let’s simply say Mayfield and Kingsbury’s relationship didn’t precisely finish on good phrases.

In 2013, Mayfield walked on at Texas Tech, and earned the beginning job in Tech’s season opener. The Crimson Raiders beat SMU 41-23 after which went on to win their subsequent 4 video games. On Oct. 5, Mayfield was 5-Zero and had thrown virtually 1,500 yards when he suffered a leg harm in opposition to Kansas.

Then, Kingsbury needed to make do with out him. The Crimson Raiders went 2-5 with 5 straight losses to shut out the season. Mayfield got here again In November, however has acknowledged that after his harm, he didn’t have a lot communication with Kingsbury.

“After I acquired harm, there was no communication between me and my coach,” Mayfield informed ESPN. “After I acquired wholesome, I didn’t know why I wasn’t taking part in instantly. At the moment, we have been shedding a pair video games in a row. I used to be nonetheless clueless as to why I wasn’t taking part in. That was actually irritating for me as a result of I began the primary 5 video games and we gained. So, I simply didn’t actually know precisely what he was considering or what the state of affairs was.”

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December of that very same 12 months, Mayfield introduced he was transferring after stating Texas Tech hadn’t supplied him a scholarship for the spring semester. Kingsbury denied that declare.

“I do know lots has come from Baker’s facet, however I liked teaching him, liked the chip on his shoulder, cheered for him in each recreation besides one,” Kingsbury stated in July 2016. “It’s been enjoyable to see the success he’s had.”

He transferred to Oklahoma, however was held up by Tech:

Mayfield ended up not having the ability to play on the rival Large 12 faculty instantly:

There are two related guidelines to know right here. One is the NCAA’s, and one is the Large 12’s. The NCAA’s says that gamers who switch, in the event that they haven’t already graduated, should sit out a 12 months earlier than returning to recreation motion. That “educational 12 months in residence” is a redshirt season, so gamers get an additional season tacked on on the finish of their careers.

However the Large 12 has a rule that if gamers switch inside the convention, they lose that 12 months of eligibility, in addition to having to take a seat out the season. That lack of eligibility might be waived by the participant’s former faculty, however Tech denied Mayfield’s request to try this — and likewise, for some time, to let Oklahoma put Mayfield on scholarship.

As soon as Tech relented on that time, the NCAA let Oklahoma have an additional scholarship slot for Mayfield as he sat out 2014.

Ultimately, Mayfield went on to earn the beginning job at OU for 2 seasons, and he flourished, profitable the Heisman Trophy in 2017.

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Mayfield confronted Kingsbury’s Tech group in 2016, in a recreation that set NCAA report books on fireplace.

Oklahoma gained 66-59 over TTU, and with Mahomes main Tech’s offense their groups set the all-time Division I single-game yardage report with 1,708.

It wasn’t all pleasant for Mayfield in Lubbock, although. They reportedly chanted “F*** you, Baker!” at him throughout the recreation, and these have been seen within the pupil part:

“You’d like to remain above that,” Kingsbury stated of the chants directed at Baker. “Clearly feelings come into play, and we love the charged environment, however clearly it’s not what you need to be portraying for our college, in that stadium, for our program.”

In 2017, Mayfield’s Sooners beat Tech 49-27. The 2 haven’t seen an excessive amount of of one another, nevertheless it appears to be like like the 2 are pleasant after they do:

Mayfield hasn’t stated an excessive amount of about Kingsbury in his NFL days. However he has had a notable beef with one other former coach, Hue Jackson.

Mayfield was drafted No. 1 total by the Cleveland Browns, and led them to a 7-9 season his rookie 12 months after incomes the beginning job in Week 3. Jackson was fired by the Browns on Oct. 29, and shortly thereafter, he landed a gig on the Cincinnati Bengals teaching employees. Let’s simply say Mayfield didn’t suppose too extremely of this. When the Browns confronted the Bengals in in November, Mayfield didn’t precisely warmly embrace his former head coach:

And after the Browns’ win, Mayfield was requested concerning the interplay between the 2:

“Didn’t really feel like speaking to him,” Mayfield informed reporters. “He was right here making an attempt to inform us to play for him. Then he goes to a group we play twice a 12 months. That’s how I really feel. We’ve individuals we consider in calling the performs now.”

When the Browns beat the Bengals once more in December, Mayfield had this epic stare down of Jackson:

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The NFL fined Mayfield $10,026 for unsportsmanlike conduct for this gesture:

Mayfield and now everlasting Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens performed it coy when requested about it:

“He came to visit and he merely stated, ‘Nice play name,’’ Kitchens joked. “That’s one thing in our room that’s an inside deal in our room that’s going to remain in our room. It’s not an enormous deal.’’

Mayfield, when requested concerning the gesture on Wednesday, stated ‘Oh effectively, I didn’t so…’’ and trailed off.

“I truthfully couldn’t let you know. I don’t know,’’ he stated. “We’ve numerous stuff inside our locker room, inside what now we have occurring within the offense, numerous inside jokes. Who is aware of what it was?”

So that you don’t know what I’m referring to?

“No, I attempt to keep off social media, so all the things trending that you simply’re speaking about … “

Associated slideshow: NFL teaching carousel (Supplied by USA TODAY Sports activities)

a man wearing a hat: The Cleveland Browns hired their own interim offensive coordinator, Freddie Kitchens, as their new head coach.


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