Yes, this is a real thing that is possible. And, yes, there are words being written about it.
Fans of the show need a palate cleanser. They need someone who fits all the characteristics of a bachelor—young, attractive, successful and single—but who actually has game.
Clearly, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury fits the description—at least according to a participant in Kingsbury's Reddit AMA chat on Thursday. What's more is that Kingsbury didn't completely rule out the idea.
Question: So you gonna be on the next season of The Bachelor or not?
Kliff Kingsbury: I would say no at this point unless I could be guaranteed to have a hand in the selection process.
If you just so happen to enjoy college football and trashy reality television—they are not mutually exclusive things—this idea is almost too good to be true.
Probably because it is.
For one, filming takes place right in the middle of football season. Tech isn't going to give Kingsbury three months' paid vacation to find shallow, wine-inspired love in exotic locations while the Red Raiders play without him.
(Besides, Lubbock is supposed to be gorgeous that time of year.)
But let's say concessions are made and filming is moved around to better fit Kingsbury's schedule, if he even agreed to it. (It would bring an entirely new audience to the show, after all.) The media and tabloid circus that would ensue for a football coach on a non-football show would be too much.
From the contestants to the people who watch it, The Bachelor is a show of quick reactions, judgments and hyperbole. It's great television because it's bad television, and the most recognizable contestants are the ones better suited for an insane asylum.
The show's producers can edit footage to morph just about anyone into the character they want. Kingsbury seems like a cool cat whose image is doing just fine as is. Even if Kingsbury becomes a well-liked bachelor—that's actually a rare feat—the rumors and media attention that come with it can be overwhelming.
It's easy to make someone out to be a bad guy on that show. That wouldn't be good for Kingsbury or Tech. It wouldn't be good for any program or its coach.
The contestants on that show are generally crazy, anyway. He could probably hold an audition outside Jones AT&T Stadium with an equal amount of success.
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. H/T Laken Litman, USA Today.
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