NDSU has set a 2 p.m. press conference to name its new defensive backs coach. Presumably, it’s Northern Iowa defensive coordinator Chris Klieman (pronounced Kly-man).
Here’s The Forum story from a couple of weeks ago:
Â KliemanÂ just finished his eighth year with the Panthers, who play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with NDSU. The Bison are looking for a secondary coach after Brian Ward resigned to become the defensive coordinator at Drake University (Iowa.).
Â Bohl said he cannot comment if the position has been offered to anybody.
Â Meanwhile, UNI players linked to Twitter accounts appear to be bracing for losing a coach.
Â Northern Iowa defensive back Garrett Scott said on his Twitter account â€œour db coach just left us.â€ Varmah Sonie, another defensive back, tweeted â€œimma miss my coach.â€
Â NDSU has had plenty of trouble with UNI defenses in recent years. Last fall, the Panthers sacked NDSU quarterbacks a schoolrecord 11 times and held the Bison to minus-40 yards rushing in a 16-9 UNI victory. In 2008, the Panthers picked off four Bison passes and recovered a fumble in a 23-13 win. NDSU is 0-3 in its Division I meetings with the Panthers. In 2009, the Panthers were fourth in Division I Football Championship Subdivision in scoring defense and led the Missouri Valley in rushing and passing defense.Â