Chris Klieman entered the room wearing a black suit with a white shirt and a dark purple tie for his formal introduction as Kansas State’s next head football coach. Minutes after Klieman began speaking in front of a large crowd, he turned to former head coach Bill Snyder, who sat off to the side with his wife, Sharon, and son, Sean.

“I know the shoes that I have to fill, Coach,” Klieman told Snyder. “You’re a legend, you’re an icon. I look up to you.