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Report: Kliff Kingsbury has ‘creative license’ over Texas Tech’s uniforms

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Since he’s often mistaken for film heart throb and well-known smooth operator Ryan Gosling, perhaps it makes sense that Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has a clause in his contract that gives him ‘creative license’ over the look and style of the Red Raiders’ uniforms, according to a report on Thursday from the USA Today.

Written into the contract is an agreement allowing Kingsbury “creative license” in the design of the football team’s uniforms, which are supplied by the clothing and apparel company Under Armour. If Kingsbury and Texas Tech’s athletic director – currently Kirby Hocutt – agree on the uniform design, Kingsbury then has “sole discretion” on choosing when his team dons specific uniform combinations.

And the contract’s provisions don’t stop with just creative control for the first-year coach. If, for some reason, his fashion choices go over budget, he has the right to act as his own fundraiser to make up the difference.

“Me having played here and been an alumni here, there’s obviously a lot of connections,” Kingsbury said. “And so I felt like if it wasn’t budgeted, or we went over budget with some of these looks – (if) some of these things got a little pricey – then I want to be able to go to outside sources that we’re connected with and be able to handle that.”

With his impeccably coiffed facial stubble and sophisticated fashion sense, Kingsbury clearly has an eye for threads. You can pretty much be assured that, win or lose, his Red Raiders are going to be looking sharp.

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13 Responses to “Report: Kliff Kingsbury has ‘creative license’ over Texas Tech’s uniforms”
  1. imacdane says: Nov 7, 2013 6:42 PM

    Sumlin taught him

  2. thefiesty1 says: Nov 7, 2013 7:18 PM

    What are they wearing for Thanksgiving night? will it really matter by then?

  3. normtide says: Nov 7, 2013 7:28 PM

    Here I was thinking he was there to win football games. Just play football, save the fashion shows for the bravo network.

  4. lbijake says: Nov 7, 2013 7:50 PM

    Uniforms help attract the recruits, as Oregon and Nike have shown. Winning counts, uniforms help.

  5. normtide says: Nov 7, 2013 8:00 PM

    Alabama, LSU, FSU, USC, Auburn, OSU, and many more have higher ranked recruiting classes, with the same uniforms they have been wearing for generations. If Oregon has truly arrived, they won’t need gimmicks.

  6. saints97 says: Nov 7, 2013 8:46 PM

    Yeah, it is Nike’s uniform$ that are attracting recruits. I see.

  7. mrlaloosh says: Nov 7, 2013 9:48 PM

    Somebody has a man crush on Cliff! OMG!

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:40 PM

    I agree the program prestige has more to do with it, but you’re naive if you don’t think that 17 year olds aren’t swayed at least a little bit by things like uniform hype.

  9. normtide says: Nov 7, 2013 11:48 PM

    Generally the type of player that would be swayed by uniform types are not the type you want. I prefer an athlete that takes football seriously. And if I’m an athlete, my choice is based on either education or path to the pro’s. I think uniforms being a deciding factor is way overstated. Otherwise Maryland would be stocked.

    If your committing with Wyoming, Washington, Purdue for a player, it might help. If your competing with an elite school, I doubt it dies at all. Just my opinion.

  10. 24mountaincreeks says: Nov 8, 2013 10:21 AM

    Old news. This was on College Gameday or something weeks ago.

  11. big64d says: Nov 8, 2013 2:05 PM

    Yeah I heard Lou Holtz talk about this weeks ago as he spit all over the camera because of his dumb tongue getting in the way when he talks.

    We hear you Lou, you don’t have to yell and swallow that gallon of saliva before you talk you oldie!!

  12. lbijake says: Nov 9, 2013 6:13 PM

    However, they are all established ;powers. Uniforms may help you get there but certainly will not keep you there, hence the mention of winning.

  13. preston78006 says: Nov 9, 2013 7:42 PM

    The expectation of him being a talented uniform designer is the crux of the matter. If uniforms can impact recruiting, then we’d hope it’s impact is in a positive way. Gray uniforms? No school logos? Gray is not even a color! What about red and black?!

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