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Kliff Kingsbury Is Handsome, But Is That Enough?

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Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn't shy away from comments about his good looks, but do they have any impact on his performance? Photo by John Weast/Getty Images.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn't shy away from comments about his good looks, but do they have any impact on his performance? Photo by John Weast/Getty Images.

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is literally and figuratively the hottest coach in college football.

He is smart, charming and of course handsome. Kingsbury didn't get to the top, though, on good looks alone.   

He worked his way up as an assistant under current Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, where he was the offensive coordinator at Houston for the Aggies. He basically made Johnny Football, aka Johnny Manziel, into an NFL prospect.

But when momma called, so to speak, Kingsbury left College Station for his alma mater in Lubbock, Texas.  

Kingsbury is now the head man at Tech, where is becoming one of the most popular coaches in the country. A 7-0 start in his first season brought the team a lot of attention, and drubbing Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl to end a five-game skid also earned some notice.

You can hardly turn on a TV or pick up a magazine without seeing Kingsbury's face, and quite frankly if you are woman, are you complaining? He is a very handsome man and he just admitted recently in an interview that his good looks help when he is recruiting a player.  

“Yeah,” Kingsbury said, laughing. “You’ve got to play to your strengths. So I kind of encourage that a little bit. It’s part of the deal.”  

Really? So flirting with moms to get the player that you want is part of the deal? That's interesting. Wonder if Bob Stoops or Charlie Strong feel the same way.  

I guess it's better than buying a player, but does all this exposure hurt or help Kingsbury?  

I'm sure a few coaches are chuckling behind his back and don't take him seriously because of his movie-star good looks (some say he looks like Ryan Gosling).

His looks probably haven't helped or hurt him. No, he hasn't had a Top 20 recruiting class yet. His name, looks and overall persona probably help him get into some recruits' homes that Texas Tech may not otherwise get into.

Kingsbury's looks may get him in the door, but what's going to bring them to Lubbock is his coaching.  

If his coaching is anything comparable to his looks, then Kingsbury has nothing to worry about.