North Dakota St. HC Chris Klieman, Kansas State Reportedly Agree to Contract

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2018

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 17:  Head coach Chris Klieman of the North Dakota State Bisons watches his players warm-up before the match-up against the Iowa Hawkeyes on September 17, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Kansas State is reportedly wrapping up a deal to hire North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman as the team's newest head football coach, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. 

The deal will be for six years and $16.8 million, per Brett McMurphy of the Stadium Network.

Klieman is in his fifth year as the head coach of North Dakota State and has won three FCS national championships in his first four seasons. His squad is the top seed of this year's tournament and has reached the national semifinal.

Overall, he has produced a 67-6 record with his current team including a 13-0 record this season.

While the Bison are set to face South Dakota State Saturday with a trip to the finals on the line, Klieman admitted Saturday he was one of six or seven candidates Kansas State has spoke to, per Mike McFeely of Inforum.

Per Thamel, Troy’s Neal Brown, North Texas’ Seth Littrell and Memphis coach Mike Norvell were all options for Kansas State but athletic director Gene Taylor apparently chose Klieman after the two worked together at North Dakota State.

He will have a difficult task of replacing Bill Snyder, who retired after 27 years at Kansas State. He produced a 215-117-1 record with two conference championships.

Snyder coached the Wildcats to a 9-10 bowl record, while all other coaches in the program have combined for an 0-2 mark.

While Klieman has an impressive resume in his own right, it will be a big jump from the FCS to the Big 12.

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