UPDATED: NDSU’s Klieman hired as head coach at Kansas State

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FARGO, N.D (Valley News Live) -- Kansas State has announced Chris Klieman will be the next head football coach at the school.

Kansas State Athletic Director Gene Taylor has hired Klieman to replace legendary Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder.

The announcement coming more than a week after Snyder announced his retirement.

Klieman has agreed to a six-year contract with a base salary of $2.3 million in 2019 with a $200,000 increase each year, according to the official release from Kansas State.

“We’re pleased to welcome Coach Klieman to Kansas State University,” President Richard Myers said in a release. “Athletic Director Gene Taylor conducted a high-quality, thorough search and we are confident Chris puts us in a great position for future success. We look forward to introducing Coach Klieman to the K-State family and know he will receive the tremendous support for which we have become nationally known. This is a great time to be a Wildcat!”

Klieman said he spoke with Kansas State Thursday, December 6th and as news spread of his candidacy, the Wildcats fan base reacted on social media. Calling in to question his resume and ability to recruit for the Big 12.

Klieman and Taylor’s relationship began at North Dakota State when Klieman was defensive coordinator for Craig Bohl’s staff.

Taylor hired Klieman as head coach of the Bison in 2013, after Bohl departed the program for Wyoming. Klieman has gone 67-6 with three national championships and is preparing for the program’s eighth consecutive FCS semifinal appearance, his fifth appearance as head coach.

The new job will serve as Klieman’s second stint in the FBS after he spent a year at Kansas coaching defensive backs in 1997 before returning to his Missouri Valley Football Conference roots.

A release from North Dakota State Monday night said Klieman will continue to coach NDSU through the playoffs.

“I want to congratulate Coach Klieman and sincerely thank him for the impact he’s had these past five years on the NDSU football program, our players, the Fargo community and Bison Nation,” NDSU Director of Athletics Matt Larsen said.

“Aside from the incredible success on the field, his players consistently excelled at a high level in the classroom and willingly gave back to the community. He has always honored and preserved the traditions and culture of excellence surrounding Bison football, and for that I am forever grateful.”

The release also said NDSU will begin the process of hiring its next head football coach immediately

The Bison host South Dakota State Friday night on ESPN2.