Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Secret to Kliff Kingsbury's Success: Babes and 'Nothing'

Kliff Kingsbury is the youngest head coach at a major university. After one season many believe that the Ryan Gossling look-a-like has the Red Raiders chomping at the bit to break loose. His players love him. The Texas Tech fan base loves him, and apparently some of the moms on the recruiting trail would like to.

How in the world does a guy as young as he is reach the level of success he has without a national title? Easy--babes and 'nothing.'

As far as the fan base is concerned the team couldn't have had a better hire--former Red Raider, recent coach of a Heisman winner. Apparently the ladies think he looks good; like some movie star or something--but neither really explain his success.

The success of any coach lives and dies with the players, and his past and present would move mountains for him. Why?

For one because he is willing to do things like this (via 247Sports):
“When we were at the University of Houston (as an assistant under Kevin Sumlin), we brought an ice cream truck, but we filled it with some girls from one of the clubs, the bottle girls. That was impressive. That was a good practice.”
Hotties with ice cream. Yeah--I can see where that may be a good motivator.

That's not the only trick he has up his sleeve. There is an aspect of his coaching philosophy that kids have to love as well. He doesn't sweat the small stuff (via 247Sports):
"...If a kid makes a bad throw, the throw is behind the guy and you say, ‘Get the ball in front.’ Well, yeah, no kidding. Little things like that, that I always found frivolous, I try to take out of my coaching game.”
So rather than hound a player and point out every mistake he does nothing.
When it all comes down to it what makes him a success now and will for years to come is his undying love for the game and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the most out of his players. Case in point--the dance-off during spring practice. He felt a bad practice coming and figured out a way to keep it from happening.
As he puts it:
 "I’ll pretty much sell my soul to have a good practice. I’m not above anything.”

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