Nearly nude photo of Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury eclipses silly watch controversy
Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury continues to make international headlines for his uncanny resemblance to one of Hollywood's hottest stars. After a shirtless photo of Kingsbury got posted online, the image predictably went viral as countless media outlets compared him — and his abs — to heartthrob Ryan Gosling once again.
The photo, which shows Kingsbury with two bikini-clad women, only adds to the young coach's ever-growing popularity. The 34-year-old's striking resemblance to the 33-year-old movie star has led Texas Tech fans to create T-shirts to commemorate his good looks. "Our coach is hotter than your coach," reads the shirt.
The photo, which shows Kingsbury with two bikini-clad women, only adds to the young coach's ever-growing popularity.
If you're comparing Kingsbury to other Big 12 coaches — say, the University of Kansas' Charlie Weis or TCU's Gary Patterson — it's not too difficult to see why that statement rings true.
Although Kingsbury has won over many fans with his shirtless photo, another picture of the young coach had some nitpickers on his case.
Kingsbury appeared at Big 12 football media day dressed to the nines and wearing what appeared to be a Breitling Mulliner Tourbillon watch, which costs upward of $100,000. A photographer asked him exactly what kind of watch it was — Kingsbury wasn't sure — and snapped a close-up, a move the coach would later regret.
According to members of a Breitling watch forum, the watch was easily identifiable as a fake. Breitling marketing director Lisa Roman told the Houston Chronicle she instantly knew the watch was a replica. "There are some aesthetics that look different right away," Roman said. "Where the date is, how the logo is done, the markers."
Texas Tech officials say Kingsbury now knows the watch isn't authentic — and that he doesn't care. "He got it as a gift 10 years ago when he was playing in NFL Europe and has worn it ever since," spokesperson Blayne Beal told Redraiders.com. "He just likes the watch."
Kingsbury — who served as an assistant at the University of Houston from 2008 to 2011 and the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Texas A&M in 2012 — shouldn't be too worried about any of it. After all, he's the "Ryan Gosling of college football."