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2 minutes ago, Kennythetiger said:

I was going to post some smart-ass comment about you're just mad we beat you x amount of times, etc.  Turns out you guys are actually leading the series, 50-48 or something like that.

I think it's the only conference (current and former) series where we have the lead.

Since I've been old enough to care (1995 or so) we've only won 4-5 times.  The worst part is how every game between 2009 and 2017 went down in some insane, gut wrenching fashion.  If you can devise a way for a game to be lost, it happened in Farmageddon in that window.  We had second half leads in most of those games.

Except for 2013.  You guys just kicked our heads in that year.

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I was going to post some smart-ass comment about you're just mad we beat you x amount of times, etc.  Turns out you guys are actually leading the series, 50-48 or something like that.
To be fair... neither side knows who has scoreboard bragging rights

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2 minutes ago, Kennythetiger said:

I still think ESPN Gameday would be fun as hell in Ames.  Especially if they found that particular redhead who's in the crowd gif.  

Iowa State's Secret Weapon....

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https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/27105740/how-chris-klieman-follow-bill-snyder-kansas-state

How Chris Klieman can follow Bill Snyder at Kansas State

9:10 AM CT.      Chris Low    ESPN 

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- It doesn't seem like too long ago to Chris Klieman that he was basking in his promotion from defensive coordinator to head coach at Division III Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, making $55,000 a year and "didn't know what I was going to do with all that money."

Now, less than 15 years later, he's following a legend at Kansas State, and his approach is very simple. He's going to be the same guy he has always been, the same guy who grinded his way through the Division III ranks, the same guy who won four of the past five FCS national championships at North Dakota State and the same guy who has been a bit of a good-luck charm on the coaches' clinic speaking circuit.

Dabo Swinney reached out to Klieman in the spring of 2015 to speak at the Clemson coaches' clinic, and the Tigers went to the College Football Playoff that season and lost in the national title game to Alabama. The next season, they won their first national championship in 35 years.  Swinney hadn't met Klieman, but "liked his style" and was even more impressed with the results. Klieman was in demand because of the way North Dakota State was dominating the FCS ranks and how good it had been on defense.  "We have a lot in common, and both of us are relationship-driven," Swinney said. "We're all striving for consistency, and how can you not respect the consistency they've had in their football program? The culture they built there was much like ours, and we wanted to bring in coach Klieman to talk about all of the things that had made NDSU so successful."

That next spring, Kirby Smart reached out to Klieman to speak at Georgia's 2017 coaches' clinic, and the Dawgs won their first SEC championship in 12 years that season and played in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. And then last spring, Brian Kelly came calling, and sure enough, Notre Dame went unbeaten during the 2018 regular season and made the CFP.   "I was like, 'Hey, the dollar amount's gotta go up,'" joked Klieman, whose first full-time job as an assistant coach was at Western Illinois in 1994 making $15,000 a year.

Of course, the next question becomes: Where did he speak this past sprin g?  "Right here at Kansas State, and the expectations have gotten higher already," Klieman said laughing.   And that's not to say he's promising a CFP appearance in his first season in Manhattan after taking over for Hall of Famer Bill Snyder, although Klieman knows plenty about the pressure of playoff football.  He was a part of all seven of North Dakota State's national titles, the most in FCS history. But what Klieman is promising is that his expectations are no different at the FBS level than they were at the FCS level, and that's to build a program capable of competing with anybody.

"My thought was that I could have stayed at North Dakota State for a long time, but I don't know how much more we could have done there," said Klieman, who thinks he probably wouldn't have gotten a shot at Kansas State had athletic director Gene Taylor not also been Klieman's AD at North Dakota State.   "I go back to the one year we didn't win the title [at NDSU], and it was miserable, just miserable. We beat Iowa that year at Iowa and then get beat by a dang good James Madison team in the FCS semifinals in a one-score game, and it was miserable. You kept getting from people all over town, 'Tough season, Coach.' So it's always going to be: What have you done for me lately?  "It's just that this is a much bigger scale here at Kansas State."

One thing you're not going to hear from Klieman is any rhetoric about putting his own stamp on the K-State program. In his mind, it's not "his" program. "I'm really not a big 'my' or 'I' guy," Klieman said. "You'll never hear me say, 'My football team.' I don't agree with that. It's our football team, the players' football team, the coaches' football team, the former players' football team. I tell the guys all the time that they need to get invested. It's their program, and I'm going to give them an opportunity to invest in the program and take ownership in the program. "To do it our way, the most important part is getting these kids to understand they have to take ownership."

Senior defensive end Reggie Walker said Klieman's approach has taken some getting used to after everything being so regimented and structured under Snyder, but it's also not like any of the players are complaining, either.  "When Coach (Klieman) makes a decision, he will come ask us," said Walker, nodding approvingly. "Before, we always did what coach Snyder said. Now, we have a say, a chance to express what we think. That's ... a lot different than it used to be."

The K-State players already had done their homework on Klieman before he arrived and liked what they heard.  "We texted a couple of guys on [NDSU's] team and were face-timing them when we heard it was going to be Coach Klieman, and the first thing they said was, 'You guys are getting one of the most real coaches we've ever been around,'" Walker recounted.   Junior quarterback Skylar Thompson said the players' interaction with Klieman has only expedited the buy-in. In fact, Thompson is already adjusting his class schedule so that he can watch tape with Klieman during the mornings.  "Guys realize we are part of a new era of K-State football, and we want that transition to be a good one and be that team that gets Coach Klieman off to a successful start. That just tells you the kind of respect the players already have for him," said Thompson, whose second scholarship offer out of high school was from Klieman and North Dakota State.

"It was a pretty tough situation he came into, lots of expectations. But he has not shown one sign of being scared of the opportunity. He completely respects what Coach Snyder did here, and he knows what he's stepping into. He's been himself from the get-go. It's a lot of fun, and guys are recharged. I think you're going to see that in the way we play."   And for the record, Klieman is again booked for next spring on the coaches' clinic speaking circuit. He won't have to leave campus.

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On 6/12/2019 at 5:29 PM, Kennythetiger said:

I still think ESPN Gameday would be fun as hell in Ames.  Especially if they found that particular redhead who's in the crowd gif.  

Yeah, it definitely would.  The Texas game this year is probably our best shot.  We probably have to be a one loss squad (plausible) at that point to get it.

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5 minutes ago, LTtxfan said:

Dude can coach.

K-State up 38 - 0 in 2nd qtr over Bowling Green

Unfortunately we have very little depth, so injuries are going to really hurt us. (Pun intended) 

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We are beating up teams we are supposed to beat up which is good.  We are doing it with players (other than the starting quarterback) I have never heard of before this year which is Snyderesque.  It's still going to be hard to get any kind of read on what this team is capable of until they get into conference play though it looks like any team that has trouble stopping a power running attack is not going to like us.

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Just now, MNLonghornFUKM said:

lmao @ the announcers just flabbergasted at seeing a fullback. I mean it might be the first time a big12 team has ran a fullback in 28 years but still funny

It's kinda dumb, that same dude was an H back or whatever in gun last year

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1 minute ago, Hagbard Celine said:

what kind of blocking technique was that by the fullback?  the fuck?

Predictable offense isn't smart either way. Naked boot was the call there

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2 minutes ago, MNLonghornFUKM said:

guys name is Harry Trotter? haha

Hey at least they won't be comparing him to Christian McCaffrey

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42 minutes ago, MNLonghornFUKM said:

Lord Klieman is going to shit all over Mississippi St. literally

 

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Just now, Hagbard Celine said:

great call pulling the guard

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Stop trying to make fetch happen

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Klieman is almost definitely not going to be winning any championships at K-State, but damned if they aren't going to be a team you have to beat, because they won't beat themselves. I'm glad Charlie is gone, because this is exactly the type of team that would embarrass the fuck out of him.

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