According to a report from Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle, Kansas State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and assistant coach Jason Ray will not return for the 2022 season.
Messingham had been the offensive coordinator under Chris Klieman since 2017, while the pair were still at North Dakota State. Jason Ray was also a part of Klieman’s staff at NDSU and coached wide receivers until he made the move to fullbacks and tight ends this season.
This decision comes after Kansas State’s disappointing 22-17 loss to a bad Texas team last Friday. Our own Joe Mathieu wrote last week, crying out for changes being needed to the offensive staff in Manhattan:
“If Messingham returns, Klieman has already lost a significant portion of the fan base and he’s just going to lose more. In my opinion, a change must be made at the offensive coordinator position. It’s time to move on and develop an offense that is much more productive than the current version has been. Unfortunately, I would be surprised if Klieman makes a change. Courtney Messingham is one of his best friends and I think he is unlikely to fire his friend after one bad loss. Nonetheless, this is a decision that he will have to make sooner or later, and the sooner the better.”
Kansas State ranks ninth in the conference in total offense, just ahead of the Kansas Jayhawks and 101st in the nation. The Wildcats are also ninth in the Big 12 and 81st nationally in scoring offense, only mustering 26.3 points per game.