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Kliff Kingsbury praises Bill Belichick's sideline attire ... kind of

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Kliff Kingsbury led Texas Tech to a 7-0 start, but the Red Raiders lost their last five games of the season.

Just because Texas Tech's first-year head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, played for the New England Patriots for one season doesn't mean he inherited Bill Belichick's love of wearing hooded sweatshirts with the sleeves cut off while walking the sidelines.

In the December issue of Esquire, the 34-year old Ryan Gosling-lookalike offered an explanation of his sideline style, down to his Wayfarer sunglasses. Turns out it all started with Kingsbury rejecting the standard-issue polo shirt in team colors and pleated khakis after his first year as an assistant coach at Houston.

"I couldn't get beyond the fact that I was rocking something on game days that I would never be caught dead wearing in my everyday life," Kingsbury said.

Kingsbury's attire got less notice as the season went on, with the focus shifting to the Red Raiders' 7-0 start and No. 10 national ranking instead. Texas Tech finished the season 7-5 and will find out Sunday what bowl game it will play in this postseason.

And while Kingsbury seems like he would never be caught dead wearing one of those hobo-chic hoodies, he praised Belichick's refusal to put on airs with what he wears.

"I was just trying to be comfortable by wearing what I thought looked right," Kingsbury said. "Whether you are Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola, who has the best game-day attire in the world, the one wearing the skinny tie on the sidelines; or Bill Belichick sporting the cut-off sweatshirt, you want to be consistent in who you are. You get only 12 game days a year. It's a big deal."

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