FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- When news started to break that Chris Klieman was offered the head coaching job at North Dakota State, the Bison football team was hard at work. Practicing and preparing for their semifinal match up with South Dakota State.
Before the team went to the locker room and had a chance to grab their cell phones, Klieman got the special opportunity to address them. Being the first to tell the Bison that would be accepting the offer from Kansas State.
Support began to pour out on social media from former players Monady night but the current team reserved it's comments on the move until Tuesday when they met the media for their regularly scheduled player availability.
"We all love Coach Klieman but we're going to get a job done. It's our job at the end of the day," junior running back Ty Brooks said. "That's why we're here, other than school, that's why we're here. So we're going to get the job done. It's not going to distract us."
Most players admitting it is a mix of emotions for them. Happy for their coach but sad to lose him all the same.
"It's emotional because he's done so much for our team, especially the senior class and so it was hard but at the same time we're excited as heck for coach," senior quarterback Easton Stick said.
As for Klieman remaining with the team through the playoffs, it seems there was no chance he wouldn't.
"We know where his focus is and he's going to keep leading us for as long as we're playing," Stick said.