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NMSU Coach Chris Jans on K-State Rumors: ‘I Can’t Control What People Write’

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Saint Louis

Kansas State and Bruce Weber parted ways after the Wildcats were defeated by West Virginia in the opening game of the Big 12 tournament. Weber was with K-State for 10 seasons and amassed a record of 184-147. His team finished the 2021-22 regular season with a 14-17 record, while going 6-11 in Big 12 play, including a six-game losing streak to end the season.

With Weber out the door, K-State is in search of a new head coach and there have been several rumors going around about who the next head coach will be. Speculation surrounding his replacement has been heavy, even before his resignation, but a couple of names have stuck around.


One of those names is Chris Jans, head coach for the New Mexico State Aggies who are gearing up for a first-round date with UConn in the NCAA Tournament. Colin Deaver of KTSM 9 News asked Jans about his name being tied to the K-State vacancy on Monday morning and had this to say about the rumors.

“I haven’t spent much time thinking about that,” Jans said. “I can’t control what other people write, say, or tweet. Unfortunately, that’s just the way of the world, and in our industry, it happens every spring across the country. I guess my reaction is, ‘I would rather be a coach that is being talked about that way than the other way.’ There’s always specultion on guys not being retained [but] that’s just a part of the business.”

Just like Illinois’ Brad Underwood, Jans didn’t shut down the idea of going to Manhattan next season, but what can we expect them to say right now? Both coaches are getting their teams ready for the biggest tournament in college sports, and they probably don’t have time to think about next season right now. In a couple of weeks, that will change, but for right now, K-State is coachless.


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