FARGO, N.D (Valley News Live) -- UPDATE: ESPN sports writer Jake Trotter reporting it as a done deal with Klieman signing for six-years paying him $2.3 million a year with $200,000 annual raises. With K-State hiring Klieman there are currently no power five jobs left.
Klieman said he spoke with Kansas State Thursday, Dec. 6 and as news spread of his candidacy, the Wildcats fan base reacted on social media. Calling in to question his resume and ability to recruit for the Big 12.
Klieman and Taylor’s relationship began at North Dakota State when Klieman was defensive coordinator for Craig Bohl’s staff.
Taylor hired Klieman as head coach of the Bison in 2013, after Bohl departed the program for Wyoming. Klieman has gone 67-6 with three national championships and is preparing for the program’s eighth consecutive FCS semifinal appearance, his fifth appearance as head coach.
The new job will serve as Klieman’s second stint in the FBS after he spent a year at Kansas coaching defensive backs in 1997 before returning to his Missouri Valley Football Conference roots.
The Bison host South Dakota State Friday night on ESPN2.
ORIGINAL STORY: FOX Sports Reporter Bruce Feldman reporting Chris Klieman is expected to be offered the head coaching job at Kansas State.
Kansas State Athletic Director Gene Taylor is expected to hire Klieman to replace legendary Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder.
The announcement coming more than a week after Snyder announced his retirement.
Feldman is expecting Klieman to be able to coach NDSU through the playoff run.