Eight days in, the search for a new Kansas State football coach is over.
K-State announced Monday night that North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman has been named the Wildcats' 35th head football coach.
Klieman, who succeeds hall-of-fame coach Bill Snyder, has been wildly successful in his five seasons at North Dakota State, compiling a 67-6 record with three FCS national championships and the shot at another. The No. 1-ranked Bison are 13-0 this season and will play South Dakota State on Friday in the semifinals.
Klieman, 51, said Saturday following his team's quarterfinal victory over Colgate that he had met with K-State athletics director Gene Taylor last week. He again addressed it Monday during a news conference in Fargo, N.D.
"I think I'll learn more about it either today, tonight or tomorrow," he said. "I don't know what their process is and I can't answer or speak to that.
"Once again, what I did on Thursday, I thought I did a nice job and we'll find out probably over the next 24 hours."
It was Taylor, then North Dakota State's AD, who promoted Klieman when Craig Bohl left for Wyoming after the 2013 season. Klieman immediately led the Bison to national championships in 2014 and '15, and again last year.
The biggest concern about Klieman, 51, is a lack of FBS experience. It has been a sore topic among fans on social media ever since his name surfaced early in the search process.
Klieman's only FBS stop was in the 1997 season as defensive backs coach at Kansas.
But at North Dakota State, his teams have not lost more than two games in any season, going 12-2 and losing in the national semifinals in 2016.
The search appeared to narrow to Klieman and Troy's Neal Brown on Monday when Memphis' Mike Norvell effectively removed himself from consideration via Twitter.