What I learned today from the Chris Klieman press conference. Klieman, by the way,Â is scheduled to beÂ on Dizzo’s Den tonight at 6:30 on WDAY 970-AM.
- The reason for going from defensive coordinator at Northern Iowa to defensive backs coach at NDSU was for professional growth, the need for a new challenge and that it was simply time for a change, he said. If you’re waiting for the “he left UNI because he hated this,” you’re not going to get it.
- The state of Iowa is having some higher education cutbacks that are apparently slated to hit UNI, if not already. Asked if finances played a part, Klieman said “they always do a little bit. It was one of the many factors that played into it.” (A bit more on that in Wednesday’s Forum story).
- I got the feeling all was not smooth in his UNI coordinator role. He said he was coordinator, then co-coordinator. “Then I called the plays for a while, one year I didn’t call the plays,” he said.
- He recruited the state of Iowa, Kansas City, St. Louis and Minneapolis areas. Craig Bohl said Klieman’s main focus will be Kansas City and the state of Kansas. “I feel very comfortable with Midwest recruiting,” Klieman said.
- Klieman said UNI ran the Tampa 2 defense the last four years. He said Scott Frost, the former Nebraska player who is good friends with Bohl, brought the system to UNI. Frost is now at the University of Oregon.
- He’s been around the Missouri Valley Football Conference a long time, both as a coach and a player at UNI, where he was an all-conference defensive back from 1986-90. “I’ve always been a big fan of the league,” he said.
- Bohl on Northern Iowa’s defense: “Say what you want to, the’ve played the best defense in the last three years in the league. I’ve watched a whole lot of tape. They played great defense, so we’re please to hire him.”
- NDSU will begin spring football practice April 4 with the annual spring game set for April 30. It’s a little later than usual, but Bohl said the anticipation of spring flooding issues plus Easter break played a part in the plan.