Kliff Kingsbury has found his newest home, and it won’t be in New York.
The former Texas Tech head coach signed Tuesday to become the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, the team confirmed on Twitter. An introductory press conference was scheduled for Wednesday.
Multiple outlets reported the contract is for four years with a fifth-year option.
That comes after Kingsbury spent Monday at the Jets’ New Jersey facility interviewing with the team.
Kingsbury was fired by Texas Tech after this season and an overall 35-40 mark, but is respected for his offensive savvy. He was set to be the offensive coordinator at USC before the NFL came calling. The Cardinals are expected to handle the $150,000 resignation buyout with USC.
“I played with Kliff and we have been friends ever since,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on WEEI on Monday amid rumors Kingsbury would be a possibility to replace Josh McDaniels if the Patriots’ offensive coordinator landed a head-coaching job.
“I see him from time to time. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time. Kliff has done a great job at Texas Tech, and I know he’s at USC, but it doesn’t surprise me that a lot of teams are interested. He’s just a great football mind and will be successful wherever he’s at.”
The Cardinals have the No. 1 pick after a 3-13 campaign that saw them fire Steve Wilks after one season. Kingsbury’s No. 1 goal will be guiding quarterback Josh Rosen after he had an up-and-down rookie campaign.