The search for Bill Snyder’s successor is nearing its end, with the search committee expected to reconvene in the next 24 hours.
Sources have continued to indicate that North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman remains a strong candidate. Then-North Dakota State AD promoted Klieman to head coach following Craig Bohl’s departure for Wyoming after the 2013 season, and Klieman has rewarded that faith by going 67-6 with three national championship trophies already in the case and perhaps another on the way; the Bison are set to host South Dakota State in the FCS semifinals on Friday night.
Taylor, of course, is the Kansas State AD.
Another name that has joined Klieman as a strong candidate is Troy head coach Neal Brown. Though opposite in background and upbringing from Klieman — the former is a defensive guy from the Midwest, the latter an offensive guy from Kentucky — Brown and Klieman share the most important characteristic in that both are proven winners.
After going 4-8 in his debut campaign, Brown has led Troy to a 30-8 mark overall and a 20-4 record in Sun Belt play over his past three seasons.
A third name that has surfaced as a strong candidate through multiple local reports is Memphis head coach Mike Norvell.
Norvell, 37, shares a background with Brown as an offensive guy from the South. His Memphis teams have gone 26-13 with two straight American West championships.
An offer could be made to K-State’s chosen candidate within the next 24 hours. Taylor reached out to candidates yesterday confirming this expected timeline.
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