NDSU Director of Athletics Gene Taylor moved pretty quickly on this one. One week to the day after Craig Bohl announced he was taking the Wyoming job, North Dakota State announced his successor -- current defensive coordinator Chris Klieman.
Who is in his third year on the Bison staff. Klieman came to NDSU as a defensive backs coach in 2011 before becoming defensive coordinator the following season. He will continue to serve in that role until the Bison playoff run is over then will take over following the end of the year.
Taylor said he met with Klieman for three hours on Saturday night and after that he was sold.
With Klieman being named the next head coach of Bison football -- it doesn't seem things will change too much in terms of game plan. He says he spent the week in and out of Taylor's office trying to put his best foot forward towards getting a job he knew lots of coaches would be after. But coach Klieman didn't fight for this job for a title and some extra cash. He believes in the program and the tradition of success that comes with it -- and that he's their guy.
On the other end -- current bison offensive coordinator Brent Vigen will be leaving for Wyoming with Bohl following this Bison season. Just two assistants are expected to remain with Klieman but no official word on that movement is expected till after this playoff run concludes.
Klieman's contract is for five years with the Bison with a base salary of $261K for the new head coach.