The Kansas State football program is in search of a successor for longtime, legendary head coach Bill Snyder. However, they may not be searching for long with reports that a front-runner has already emerged for the Wildcats head coaching vacancy.
According to a report from Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman is the reported front-runner for the job.
Per Feldman, the Wildcats were expected to offer Klieman the head coaching job on Monday night, with all indications that he will be accepting the position in Manhattan.
“BREAKING: #KState is expected to offer #NorthDakota State’s Chris Kleiman the head coaching job tonite, per source. All indications point to him accepting the job & he’s expected to coach NDSU as far as they go in FCS Playoffs,” Feldman wrote on Twitter.
Landing Kleiman, who is 67-6 with three FCS national titles in five years with the Bison, would be a huge score for Kansas State.
BREAKING: #KState is expected to offer #NorthDakota State’s Chris Kleiman the head coaching job tonite, per source.. All indications point to him accepting the job & he's expected to coach NDSU as far as they go in FCS Playoffs. He is 67-6 at NDSU and has won 3 national titles.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 10, 2018
This season, the Wildcats went just 5-7, which was their first losing season in a decade, in Snyder’s 27th and final season leading the squad.
Before heading to North Dakota State, Klieman was the head coach at Loras College, a private university in Dubuque, Iowa. Overall as a head coach, Klieman holds an overall record of 70-13 with a 16-1 mark in the postseason. Along with his three FCS national titles, Klieman has led the Bison to the Missouri Valley Football Conference in each of his five years with one Coach of the Year honor.