Oct 06, 2020 11:18 PM

Chris Klieman aware of optics of raise during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted Oct 06, 2020 11:18 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State football coach Chris Klieman is keenly aware of the optics that come with his lucrative contract extension, which was announced Monday several months after it was concluded.

Klieman understands that there are still plenty of people struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he feels empathy for the hundreds of school employees still facing furloughs this fiscal year. But school officials also believe they have a winner in Klieman, and the importance of keeping him on the sideline outweighed any potential public backlash.