Kansas State head coach
Who’s in: Chris Klieman
Who’s out: Bill Snyder
It’s fairly certain that Texas Tech and West Virginia will be different football programs starting for the 2019 season. But, the difference we’re about to witness for the Kansas State Wildcats could be mystifying. Kansas State, Texas Tech, and West Virginia, are all quality Big 12 football programs that gave Texas football some level of difficulties for the past decade.
For so long, Kansas State was a huge thorn in the side of Texas football especially in the “Little Apple” at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The difference between Kansas State under former head coach Bill Snyder and incoming head coach Chris Klieman is going to be mammoth. Whether it be for the better or worse, Kansas State made a splash in a unique way by hiring Klieman.
Klieman is the type of hire that could make waves around the college football landscape, though. Kansas State brought Klieman in from the North Dakota State Bison, who dominated the FCS for the past decade. Klieman’s record at North Dakota State was nearly spotless too with numerous national titles.
The Snyder-coached Wildcats were always a difficult out for the Horns. What we can expect from Kansas State under the direction of Klieman is hard to figure out. North Dakota State had a lot of talent for an FCS program, but the offense contrasted that of Kansas State. The amount of roster turnover the Wildcats are about to get this off-season could make the coaching switch a bit smoother.