The school reportedly was blocking National Football League teams from interviewing Kingsbury for open positions but the coach chose to go on interviews and now appears to have landed a job in the NFC West.
The 39-year-old Kingsbury will replace Steve Wilks, who was sacked on December 31 after one season in Arizona, during which he went 3-13.
He also worked with Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M and Case Keenum at Houston.
"No sir. I have had no contact with them", he said.
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I think [it has been emotional] not just for him, for everybody. 'We are looking for young talents who can bring us things. Arsene Wenger got me to watch him train. "He is a top guy on the pitch and off the pitch, a great friend of mine".
Kingsbury is in-demand after six years as the boss at Texas Tech, where he had an overall record of 35-40. He coached quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw an NFL-best 50 passing touchdowns for the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2018 regular season and is the favorite to win the 2018 NFL MVP award. It was their third straight season with 11 or more losses under Bowles.
However, with the emergence of Browns interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens during the second half of the season, Cleveland no longer has to look for an offensive coach to pair with Mayfield. Even David Johnson struggled in the Cardinals' offense. And his priority in Arizona will be to get the most out of Rosen.
McDaniels confirmed that he did not speak with the Browns, who have interviewed 7 candidates since last Tuesday for their head coaching job after firing Hue Jackson along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley on October 29, 2017.
The NFC West, by the way, suddenly features the following four coaches (ages in parentheses): Kingsbury (39), Sean McVay (32), Kyle Shahahan (39), and Pete Carroll (67).