Dec 31, 2019; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman during the first half against the Navy Midshipmen at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

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Kansas State extends coach Klieman

Kansas State has extended the contract of coach Chris Klieman three games into his second season at the school.

The extension runs through 2026 and will pay him $23.5 million.

“Chris and his staff have done a phenomenal job in their short time at K-State, and we are excited that he will be here for a very long time,” K-State athletic director Gene Taylor said in a statement.

“We had been in discussions for an extended period of time, but certainly with sensitivity surrounding the COVID pandemic, we wanted to wait and finalize this contract once we were back to playing football and had some sense of certainty about the season,” Taylor said.

Klieman is making $2.3 million this season under the original contract he signed after leaving North Dakota State for K-State before the 2019 season. He jumps from last in the Big 12 among coaches to the middle of the pack for 2021, with his $3.1 million ranking ahead of Les Miles at Kansas, for one, per the USA Today salary database.

“My family and I love K-State and we are very fortunate to call Manhattan home,” Klieman said. “We have made great progress in just under two years here, but we still have a long way to go to get where we want to be, and we are excited for the future of K-State Football.”

Klieman led K-State to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Liberty Bowl last season and has the Wildcats off to a 2-1 start this season. He can also boast a 2-0 record against Oklahoma.

Klieman, 53, replaced Bill Snyder after guiding FCS NDSU to four national championships while compiling a 69-6 record.

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