Kansas State dumped offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and coach Jason Reno ended up on Friday.
Wildcats coach Chris Clemens said the two assistant coaches, whose contracts were due to expire in February, would not be retained for the ball season. Kansas State finished 7-5 and should learn its Bowl Destination on Sunday.
Former Heisman Trophy finalist Colin Klein, who was working with the Kansas State quarterbacks, will serve as the interim offensive coordinator for the Bowl game. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
These were very difficult decisions to make because both great coaches and friends have been with Jason since our time in North Dakota State, and Courtney, whom I have known since I was a child, “said Clemens in a statement.” However, I think this Is. In the best interest of moving our program forward.
The Wildcats started 3-0 and reached the top 25 shortly before quarterback Skyler Thompson was injured and started a four-game skid. But with the defense emerging as one of the best in the Big 12, the Wildcats won four more wins to qualify for the Bowl game, just to reduce their offense to two more defeats.
The crime has been a problem for the state of Kansas since Clemens arrived from North Dakota two years ago. They brought along Messingham, who was their offensive coordinator there and at one time coordinator in the state of Iowa, but their run-heavy scheme that dominated the lower-level Missouri Valley Conference did not translate well for the Big 12.
The Wildcats have also struggled to develop players on the offensive side of the ball. Thompson will lose in graduation after playing his sixth season, and Will Howard and Jaren Lewis were understudying.
We appreciate Courtney and Jason’s efforts during their time in Manhattan and wish them well, Clemens said.
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