Klein gets 2-year deal

By Joel Jellison

Former Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein signed a two-year deal to be a Wildcat football assistant on Tuesday.

Klein will serve as the quarterback coach for the Wildcats and be paid $150,000 annually.

The deal includes typical bonuses for making it to a bowl game, including: having an eight-win season or six Big 12 wins, a nine-win season or seven-win Big 12 year, a Big 12 championship win, College Football Playoff bowl game, National Semifinal game, National title appearance or National Championship. Klein receives his base salary multiplied by a predetermined percentage based on the highest percentage achievement the team reaches.

There are also additional bonuses for where K-State finishes in the polls. A Top 25 ranking nets him $7,500; Top 10 equals $15,000; and Top 5 is $20,000.

As the co-offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, Del Miller made $511,000 in 2015. Miller announced his retirement on Monday.

Klein played quarterback for the Wildcats from 2008 to 2012 and helped lead the squad to a Big 12 Championship and a BCS bowl berth in 2012. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2012, finishing third in the voting.

During Klein’s career at K-State he threw for 4,724 yards and 30 touchdowns, and rushed for 2,485 yards and another 56 scores. Klein had quick professional stints in the NFL and Canada after his college career ended, but ultimately returned to Manhattan as a graduate assistant in 2014. Klein spent two seasons on the sidelines for the Wildcats, serving as defensive quality control coach in his first season before moving to offensive graduate assistant in his second year. He also worked as assistant director of recruiting and handled on-campus recruitment.

Klein helped coached Jake Waters in 2014, and then worked with the group of quarterbacks who played in 2015 while the Wildcats dealt with injuries.

Waters was Klein’s biggest success, as he threw for a school-record 3,501 yards in 2014.

Miller doesn’t leave the cupboard bare for Klein, as Jesse Ertz returns at starting quarterback and Alex Delton is back after appearing in a handful of games.

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