Jinks leaves for Tech
Posted by Greg Tepper on 10 January 2013 | 0 comments
The word "bombshell" is probably overused, especially in sports journalism. Stories not deserving of the title are routinely slapped with that title. But there are some that deserve the "bombshell" label.
Like this: Cibolo Steele coach Mike Jinks, one of the most successful high school coaches of the past decade, is leaving Steele to become the running backs coach at Texas Tech.
The move, reported late Wednesday night by the San Antonio Express-News, is a big one, for a number of reasons.
First of all: Mike Jinks is a heck of a high school coach. The only coach in the brief history of Steele, which opened in 2005, Jinks quickly established the Knights as a San Antonio powerhouse. In his tenure there, Jinks racked up a record of 76-18, a 2010 5A Division II state title, a 2011 5A Division II runner-up finish and, just this year, a state semifinal appearance. His pedigree is as sparkling as you'll find for a coach just 104 games into his career (he also coached one year at San Antonio Burbank).
And Jinks has a history of producing outstanding running backs. You may remember 2010, the year the Knights marched to the title, that they were led by Malcolm Brown, one of the state's top prospects who rushed for 2,596 yards and 30 touchdowns in his stellar senior season before heading off to Texas. In 2011, he helped turn Justin Stockton into a San Antonio household name, as the then-sophomore rushed for 1,499 yards and 13 touchdowns, good for 9 yards per carry. And just this past year, he helped take Stockton to a new level, as he ran for 2,044 yards and 30 touchdowns.
To sum up: in the last three years, Mike Jinks' No. 1 running backs have averaged 2,046 yards and more than 24 touchdowns per season. That's pretty special.
The move is the first big-splash hire for new Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, and perhaps a very savvy one. Kingsbury has recruiting ties throughout the state from his years at Houston and Texas A&M, but bringing in a respected high school coaching name like Mike Jinks should shore up the recruiting side while having its obvious benefits with the running backs corps.
As if that isn't enough of a storyline, one of the premier jobs in San Antonio -- and perhaps the entire state -- just came open. Cibolo Steele is a program with a terrific talent pool, a near-spotless pedigree and exceptional resources. That's a job that every coach in the state is going to want.
Needless to say, the coming weeks (with Steele looking to fill the position) and the coming year (with Jinks settling in at Tech) will be very interesting to watch, all because of Wednesday night's bombshell.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.