Potential hires for North Dakota State

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- With the news of Chris Klieman being hired at Kansas State Monday, Valley News Live takes a look at several names that could come up in the search for Klieman's replacement at North Dakota State.

NDSU said Monday night the process of securing the next head football coach started immediately.

Below are a list of potential names that VNL believes could be in consideration.

Tim Polasek – Current University of Iowa offensive line coach

Polasek left NDSU in February of 2017 for the offensive line job at the University of Iowa. He left the Bison after three seasons as the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at North Dakota State. The Bison averaged over 240 rushing yards and over 400 yards total offense per game in his final season running the offense.

Polasek returned to Fargo in 2014 to join Chris Klieman’s staff after leaving to coach tight ends and fullbacks at Northern Illinois in 2013. The Huskies went 12-2 that year with a bowl game appearance. Prior to that he had coached at NDSU from 2006-12.

A Wisconsin native, Polasek has strong recruiting ties to the upper Midwest.

Brent Vigen – Current University of Wyoming Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

Vigen left with former NDSU head coach Craig Bohl for Wyoming in 2013 to serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was elevated to associate head coach in 2017.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater, North Dakota State in 1998. Serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Bohl from 2009-13. Including three national championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He helped the Bison to a 43-2 overall record in those three years and a 22-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference record.

Matt Entz – NDSU defensive coordinator/linebackers coach

Entz came to Fargo in 2014 to be Klieman’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Under his leadership the Bison defense has led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in scoring defense and ranked in the FCS top five all three years allowing an average of 16 points or less as the Bison won their fourth and fifth straight NCAA national championships and extended their streak of conference title to six in a row.

Before joining the NDSU staff, Entz was associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Western Illinois, along with three years at Northern Iowa.

Courtney Messingham – NDSU offensive coordinator/running backs coach

Messingham brought 27-years of coaching experience, as well as time in the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences when he joined Chris Klieman’s staff in 2017. About half of his coaching experience has been spent as an offensive coordinator.

He came to NDSU from Montana State where he coached for one season in the same role. Prior to that he was with Indiana in 2014 and 2015 after coaching at Iowa State from 2009-2013.

Larsen is scheduled to talk with the media Tuesday where we expect to learn more about the decision he has ahead.

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