Klieman says he has not been offered the job at Kansas State

North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman observes during warmups prior to Saturday's FCS playoff game against Colgate in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum photo editor

FARGO -- North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman said Saturday after his team’s 35-0 win over Colgate in the Division I FCS quarterfinals that he hasn’t been offered the head coaching job at Kansas State.

Klieman said he was contacted by the Wildcats earlier in the week, but that’s the last he heard from them.

“But six or seven other guys were also contacted,” Klieman said.

Reports of Kansas State taking a serious interest in Klieman heated up late in the week when North Texas head coach Seth Littrell, believed to be the top candidate to replace Bill Snyder, said he was staying at UNT.

That turned the attention to Klieman.


Other candidates believed to be in the mix are Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and University of Memphis head coach Mike Norvell. Leavitt was a former K-State assistant coach and the 37-year-old Norvell is considered an up-and-comer in the profession.

Kansas State’s athletic director in charge of the search is Gene Taylor, the former NDSU athletic director who hired Klieman to replace Craig Bohl as head coach.

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