It appears we’ll know Chris Klieman’s future plans either by the end of the day or early tomorrow.
FootballScoop.com reports that Gene Taylor will be reconvening with the search committee that was hired to make an offer to the next Kansas State football coach.
Chris Klieman is still one of the top candidates for the job, but apparently after his name was leaked out, the K-State fan base was not thrilled. That may have paused things for Taylor, who was in Philadelphia yesterday for the Army-Navy game(Taylor worked at the Naval Academy for many years).
Klieman told Mike McFeely yesterday that he had been contacted by Kansas State, as had “six to seven other guys”. Klieman said he had not been offered the job and provided no answer if he would take the job.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported Sunday morning that K-State is down to three candidates, Klieman, Troy’s Neal Brown and Memphis’ Mike Norvell.
Expecting #KansasState coaching search to wrap up today. Chris Klieman, Neal Brown, Mike Norvell all still involved as possible successors to Bill Snyder.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 9, 2018
Brown is in his fourth year at Troy, the Trojans have picked up some major wins in the last two years, winning at LSU and Nebraska. Brown is 38 years old, known for his offensive mind. Kellis Robinett reports that Taylor and Brown met this week and he came away impressed. Brown has a hefty buyout of three million dollars according to USA Today’s coaching salary database. Troy is scheduled to play Buffalo in the Dollar General Bowl on December 22nd.
Mike Norvell is the head coach at Memphis, and he’s the highest paid Group of Five coach. He’s 37 years old and has the Tigers going pretty good, they are 8-5 this year and will play Wake Forest in the Birmingham Bowl on December 22nd as well. The Tigers won ten games last year, falling to Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl. Norvell just signed a contract extension last December, his buyout stayed the same at 500,000 dollars.
FootballScoop reports that an offer could be extended to any of these candidates within the next 24 hours and that he confirmed that timeline with the candidates.
It comes at a tricky time for NDSU as the Bison are set to host rival South Dakota State in the FCS Semifinals Friday at 7.
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