KSU finalizing deal with NDSU’s Klieman

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Kansas State Wildcats are one step closer to having a new head football coach. The school is finalizing an agreement with North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman, according to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Despite an agreement close, Klieman is expected to continue to coach the Bison through the FCS playoffs. Then, he will leave the program to become the new Wildcats head coach.

North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman attends the 2016 NFL Draft
Chris Klieman attends the 2016 NFL Draft (Getty Images)

He would replace living legend Bill Snyder, who stepped down following the conclusion of the 2018 season. Snyder coached the team for 27 years over two stints.

Wildcats Athletic Director Gene Taylor is already familiar with Klieman. It Taylor, who promoted Klieman to be the Bison head coach when former head coach Craig Bohl left to become the Wyoming Cowboys head coach in 2013.

Since the 2013 season, Klieman has gone 67-6 with the Bison. He’ll guide the team against South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Friday night at the Fargodome on ESPN2 at 8 pm.

The winner of Friday night’s game will face the winner of the Main Black Bears and the Eastern Washington Eagles on Saturday afternoon in the FCS Championship. The FCS Championship game will be played on January 5th at noon EST at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on ESPN2.

The team has won five straight Missouri Valley Football Conference Championships since he took over. The team has also won three FCS National Championships under his leadership.

Before being named the Bison head coach, he served two seasons as the Bison Defensive Coordinator in 2012 and 2013. He also spent the 2011 season as the Bison Defensive Backs Coach.

He was the Northern Iowa Panthers Defensive Backs Coach from 2006 through 2010. He also spent one season as the Loras Duhawks head coach and guided the team to a 3-7 record.

The 51-year-old Waterloo, Iowa native spent the 2002 through 2004 seasons as the Duhawks Defensive Coordinator. He also was the Missouri State Bears Defensive Backs Coach in 1999.

Before a year away from the game in 1998, he was the Kansas Jayhawks Defensive Backs Coach in 1997. Klieman also was the Western Illinois Leathernecks Defensive Backs Coach from 1994 through 1996.

He began his coaching career as the Panthers Defensive Backs Coach from 1991 through 1993.

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