North Dakota State's Chris Klieman accepts head coaching job at Kansas State

He's been a part of all six championships since 2011 at NDSU.
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North Dakota State will search for a new head coach after Chris Klieman accepted an offer to become head coach at Kansas State on Monday. 

Klieman has led the Bison to three straight FCS national championships and has them back in the FCS semifinals for a huge game against rival South Dakota State on Friday night.

Klieman will coach Friday night's game but it's still under discussion if he'll be allowed to coach if the Bison reach the national championship game, according to NCAA.com. 

NDSU is 67-6 since Klieman took over for Craigh Bohl in 2014 after winning three straight FCS championships. Klieman picked up right where Bohl left off, winning national titles in 2014 and 2015, losing in the semifinals in 2016 and winning it all again in 2017. 

Kansas State recorded the phone call of athletic director Gene Taylor offering Klieman the job on Monday afternoon, and in it Klieman says he'd be "jacked" to become their head coach, to which Taylor excitedly called him "big boy" and "big man." 

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"We're excited to have you, big boy," said Taylor. "I know you've gotta prepare for a big game for a big football game on Friday and we're going to try to get you down here and have you meet some few people in the meantime, but congratulations big man we're very happy to have you." 

Taylor was the athletic director at NDSU and hired Klieman in 2014. 

Klieman's deal with K-State is for six years with a base salary of $2.3 million. His salary will rise by $200,000 each season. 

"I want to congratulate Coach Klieman and sincerely thank him for the impact he's had these past five years on the NDSU football program, our players, the Fargo community and Bison Nation," NDSU athletic director Matt Larson in a statement

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