It is being reported on Sunday that Collin Klein is returning to Kansas State, and thankfully, for the rest of the Big 12, it’s not to play quarterback. He’s definitely out of eligibility for that. Instead, Klein is expected to be named an assistant football coach.
Klein, who finished his Wildcat playing career with 4,724 yards passing, 2,485 yards rushing and 86 total touchdowns on his way to being named a 2012 Heisman finalist, has been on the K-State sidelines before. He was brought on staff as an assistant director of recruiting and a defensive quality control coach in 2014.
The following season, in 2015, his duties changed as he was named an offensive graduate assistant. That was his official title. Unofficially, he was basically a quarterbacks coach as he often coached QB Jake Waters on the sidelines.
In 2016, Klein officially became a quarterbacks coach, just not at his alma mater. He was hired away from Manhattan, KS, by Northern Iowa last season.
Klein is expected to replace current quarterbacks coach Del Miller, who has decided to retire. Miller has been with K-State for the last 20 seasons, and was coach Snyder’s first offensive coordinator in 1989. He left the Wildcats in 1995 to be the head coach at Missouri State, but returned four years later. This isn’t the first time Miller has retired either. He initially retired in 2005, but was brought out of retirement when coach Snyder returned to the Wildcats in 2009.
Note: With Miller’s retirement as coach Snyder deals with a serious, but very treatable, health issue has led to rumors that coach Snyder may be about to step down. We cannot stress enough that these are only rumors, and as of now, there is no reason to think that coach Snyder won’t be back on the sidelines next season. Obviously, this is something we will continue to watch and update when, and if, more information becomes available.