Chris Klieman is a successful coach with a strong track record, but there are both pros and cons to consider if UCLA were to hire him as their next football coach.
Arguments for possibly hiring Chris Klieman.
Proven winner: Klieman has a 39–24 record as a head coach of the Wildcats and prior to coaching at Kansas State, he won two FCS national championships at North Dakota State. He did also lead Kansas State to a Big 12 championship in his fourth season as their coach. He has a reputation of getting the most out of his players.
Power Five head coaching experience: Klieman has experience recruiting and coaching in the Big 12, which is similar to the Pac-12 in terms of style and competition. This could give him a head start in adapting to the new conference and getting UCLA ready for their first season in the Big Ten.
Strong work ethic: Klieman is known for his hard work and dedication. He is a grinder who would demand a lot from his players and staff and help them reach their full potential once the season starts in the Fall.
Respectable program: Klieman has never been involved in any major scandals or NCAA violations. This is important for UCLA, which has had some off-field issues in recent years.
Arguments to why it may not be an amazing idea to hire Klieman.
Only a head coach at one Power Five school: Klieman has never been a head coach at another school besides Kansas State at the Power Five level. The jump in competition from the Big 12 to the Big Ten will be different especially on the defensive front.
Recruiting challenges: UCLA is located in a talent-rich area, but it also will now face stiff competition from other Big Ten schools and national powers in the years to come. Klieman would need to be a strong recruiter to be successful at UCLA.
High expectations: UCLA is a top 25 football program by the numbers especially now that it is joining the Big Ten. UCLA is an underrated large and passionate fan base. The expectations for the program are high, and Klieman would be under a lot of pressure to succeed.
There are no indications that he would leave Kansas State to become the new head footballl coach at UCLA. However, he may be exactly what the Bruins are looking for in a new coach.