TOPEKA — As soon as Chris Klieman became Kansas State’s head football coach, he emphasized opening the football program to outsiders. That went for in-house staff and reporters alike.
The Wildcats regularly tweeted out photos and videos from spring practice. Assistant coaches spoke with media members multiple times during the months of March and April. Numerous players were made available for interviews.
Under Bill Snyder, those things were unheard of.
But Klieman said he has no regrets.
At every fan event he’s been to, people have come up to him and thanked him for allowing them to learn more about the Wildcats’ football team than ever before.
“It’s neat to see all the things out there, whether it’s from a spring practice to recruiting stuff or just Taylor being Taylor,” Klieman said at a Catbacker Tour event last week, referring to Taylor Braet, K-State’s director of football recruiting. “It’s been a lot of fun. Everybody’s mentioned it.”
During the Big 12 coaches teleconference April 23, Klieman said the loosening restrictions on social media and with reporters was, first and foremost, about getting the K-State brand “out there” to people who might not have seen it in previous years.
“I think we have a great thing to sell here,” Klieman said at the time. “For us, we need to get out in front of it and show what K-State has to offer.”
In Klieman’s mind, the Wildcats’ supporters deserve nothing less.
“That’s something we need to do,” Klieman said. “We need to give back to these great fans.”