Well, that didn't take very long now, did it?
On Saturday, it was announced that Dino Babers, who had been rumored to leave Bowing Green for another job, accepted an offer to fill the vacancy in Syracuse. On Tuesday night, Bowling Green Athletics announced the hiring of Mike Jinks, the associate head coach and running backs coach at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech had one of the most prolific offenses in the country this past year, ranking third in the country in total offense with 7,134 yards. The passing attack in particular was effective, averaging 389.6 yards per game and 35 touchdowns on a 64% completion rating. Under Jinks' tutelage, Texas Tech also found their first 1000+ yard rusher in over a decade in DeAndre Washington, who gained 1,413 yards in 2014. Texas Tech currently stands at 31st in the country with 2,458 yards on 438 carries, with 34 touchdowns on the ground. Jinks was named associate head coach this past offseason. Jinks has been under the tutelage of Kliff Kingsbury, known as a prolific former gunslinger for the Red Raiders and an aggressive playcaller, and will surely bring over some of those schemes to Bowling Green.
Jinks has a successful career as a coach of his own prior to his stint at Texas Tech, his first collegiate job. From 2005-2012, Jinks coached at Cibolo Steele High School, molding the program from the ground up and turning it into a powerhouse program in the hyper-competitive Texas high school football world. Jenks compiled an overall record of 79-25 at Cibolo Steele HS, winning a state championship in 2010, and appearing in a finals game in 2011. Jenks' first high school coaching job was at Burbank HS in 2005.
Jinks has been an offensive coordinator or an assistant coach at five different high schools, starting as an assistant at Ellison HS, and Judson HS before becoming a coordinator at Galena Park HS and Robert E. Lee HS. and first gained national notoriety as the coach of the West team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2013.
According to a tweet from Bowling Green Athletics, more information will be released tomorrow regarding the hire. Hustle Belt will provide updates as they come.