Other than being known as "Coach Handsome," Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury is also one of the most brilliant offensive minds in the country, but there was a time where a coaching career didn't seem likely.
After a prolific career as a quarterback for the Red Raiders, throwing for a mind-boggling 12,429 yards and 95 touchdowns, Kingsbury was taken in the 2003 NFL Draft.
After toiling in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League for a couple years, Kingsbury was looking at attending graduate school to pursue an MBA. During this time, Houston coach Dana Holgerson offered him a position on the team's staff. When it came time to make a choice, the 37-year-old was swayed by an interesting dilemma.
"I called Texas Tech about having to get my diploma or transcript," he told Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "I had like, $1,500 worth of parking tickets. I couldn't get it out. I was really looking into getting my MBA, looking at different grad schools, but I was like, 'Well, I'm not paying that.' So yeah, that deterred the MBA, and it kind of worked out from there."
The parking tickets proved to be a major blessing for Kingsbury, who became offensive coordinator of the Cougars after Holgerson left for Oklahoma State. Head coach Kevin Sumlin entrusted him with the play-calling and he won the 2011 Offensive Coordinator of the Year.
When Sumlin left for Texas A&M, Kingsbury followed him and was tasked with coaching a young quarterback named Johnny Manziel. The rest is history, and following the 2012 season, Kingsbury took the head coaching job at his Alma mater.
With an annual salary over $3.7 million, it's probably a safe bet that Kingsbury can afford to pay off those parking tickets now.