Larsen speaks on NDSU coaching search

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- North Dakota State Director of Athletics Matt Larsen addressed the search to replace Chris Klieman as NDSU Head Football Coach Tuesday.

Larsen said he and a committee of people will be involved in the search and hiring process.

"It's important for us to make sure that we move forward as thoughtful but as quick as possible," Larsen said.

"So I anticipate over the next three or four days we're going to meet with the candidates and make a decision as soon as possible, but, make sure we're making the best decision possible for North Dakota State."

Larsen said the early signing day in December 19th is a factor in how quickly he wants to move, but said it's not the only determining factor in hiring the next head coach.

"What's going to drive it is making sure we get the right person. If everything, all the stars align, and that means we hire somebody before signing day, awesome. That's our goal."

"But I think at the end of the day we want to get the right person for the long term not for the next seven days."

Larsen said he's been contacted already by interested candidates, calling the NDSU job "highly sought after."

He also said he spoke with current coaches to reach out to committed athletes to assure that NDSU will honor those commitments.

Larsen also said an internal hire could happen, but wouldn't rule out candidates from outside the program.