5 Coaches Named Candidates For The Kansas State Job

first_imgWillie the Wildcat pumps up the crowd.MANHATTAN, KS – NOVEMBER 3: Kansas State Wildcats mascot Willie the Wildcat perform during a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)On the heels of the official announcement that Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder will be retiring, plenty of top-quality coaching candidates have emerged for the job.ESPN college football writer Jake Trotter gave his shortlist of five possible candidates: North Texas head coach Seth Littrell, Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, Troy head coach Neal Brown, Oregon DC Jim Leavitt, and North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman.It’s an impressive list of coaches, but few of them have any significant Big 12 coaching experience.The Wildcats finished the season at 5-7, their first sub-.500 season in Snyder’s second stint with the team.Five names to watch in the K-State coaching search: North Texas coach Seth Littrell, Memphis coach Mike Norvell, Troy coach Neal Brown, Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 2, 2018Snyder had two different coaching stints with Kansas State: 1989 to 2005 and 2009 to 2018.In his first stint with the team, Snyder led the Wildcats to 11 straight bowl games from 1993 to 2003, winning the Big 12 conference title in 2003.Upon his return to Kansas State, Snyder led the team to eight more consecutive bowl games and a Big 12 conference title in 2012.last_img