Kansas State head coach Chris Kliemann He shot down rumors Tuesday that his name was linked to Nebraska’s vacant coaching job after the Cornhuskers fired Scott Frost on Sunday following a 45-42 loss to Georgia Southern.
“I really like it here at Kansas State,” Klieman said. “I love our players and I love our guys. It’s pretty simple for me, and I’ll just say one name: (athletic director) gene taylor. Gene is my boy.”
ESPN pete thamel and Bruce Feldmann of The Athletic included Klieman on his list of candidates to replace Frost at Lincoln.
Klieman has been the head coach at Kansas State since 2019 and led the Wildcats to winning seasons in two of his three full campaigns in Manhattan, including a Texas Bowl win over LSU to wrap up last season. Klieman owns an overall record of 24-16 in his time at Kansas State.
Klieman has already secured a contract extension, which runs through the 2026 season, and earns a $3.5 million salary. Klieman’s salary increases to $4 million in 2023 and $4.3 million for the final three seasons of his current contract.
Klieman’s purchase is currently pegged at $4 million in the event another school hires him to serve as their head coach.
Klieman expressed his feelings for Frost, calling him a “friend” on Tuesday and saying he “hates to see him because that’s part of the profession.”
Frost went 16-31 in his four-plus seasons in charge of the Cornhuskers, better only than Big Ten basement-dweller Rutgers in the conference during the course of his tenure.
In his time as manager of Nebraska, the Cornhuskers compiled a 5-22 record in one-touchdown games. No other team on FBS has more than 16 one-point game losses in that span. Last season, Nebraska went 3-9, with seven of those losses coming in one-touchdown games.
“We owed it to the players to give them a different voice, maybe a slightly different vision,” the Nebraska athletic director said. Trev Alberts said of the decision to fire Frost after two weeks. “Give them some confidence, a chance. I know how disruptive these changes are, but we needed to inject something into this team to give them confidence and hopefully help them compete. Nothing would please me more than to see a pretty significant opportunity and help this team get over the hump and win some games.
associate head coach mickey joseph he serves as Nebraska’s interim head coach for the remainder of this season. The Cornhuskers host No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday at Lincoln.