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Collin Klein Gets Interest from Texas A&M After Turning Down Penn State: Report

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Kansas State offensive coordinator Collin Klein was a hot commodity last season in the offseason coaching carousel, and with a recent report from KHOU-TV’s Matt Musil, this offseason is no different.

Klein reportedly turned down a job offer from Penn State to take over as offensive coordinator alongside James Franklin, and was also recently offered the OC job at Texas A&M under Mike Elko.


The Nittany Lions had their eyes set on snagging an impressive coach from the Sunflower State for their offensive coordinator vacancy, as Penn State elected to hire Kansas OC Andy Kotelnicki to take control of Franklin’s offense.

While Klein has expressed interest in staying at his alma mater multiple times throughout his coaching career, the Wildcats’ offensive numbers are more than deserving of placing a call to Klein. Kansas State has been one of the top offenses in the Big 12 Conference since Klein took over as OC in 2022, and after leading the Wildcats to a Big 12 title in his first season calling plays, Klein’s success continued into the 2023 season validating why he should be one of the top candidates in coaching searches everywhere.

Klein’s offense scored the third-most points in the league this season with 454 trailing only the Texas Longhorns (470), and the Oklahoma Sooners (518). The Wildcats finished top five in yards per game, rushing yards per game, and points per game in Klein’s second season calling plays.

While the Texas A&M job could be appealing to Klein for a multitude of reasons, after turning down Penn State, Notre Dame, and more in the last calendar year, Mike Elko may face a tough task in order to lure Klein away from Kansas State.

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