Klieman responds to Kansas State connection

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman responded to questions Monday about his name being tied to the recent opening at Kansas State.

Legendary head coach Bill Snyder announced his retirement as Kansas State's head coach Sunday and the list of potential replacements soon filled social media. Chris Klieman's name on nearly everyone's list as everyone pointed to his connection to Kansas State Athletic Director Gene Taylor, who hired Klieman as the NDSU head coach in 2014.

Klieman admitted he understands.

"I understand the fact that I have a tie with Gene [Taylor] and that's probably why my name is going to be mentioned," Klieman said. "But our focus is going to be on Colgate. My focus is going to be on Colgate and that's what we're going to talk to the kids about. Block out the outside noise and let's focus on the task at hand and that's to be successful like we have every day, to try to give us a chance to be successful on Saturday."

The Bison host Colgate Saturday, December 8th in the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs at 11:00 a.m. on ESPN.