Kansas State University

Report: K-State hires secondary coach

MANHATTAN — Former Tulsa coach and San Jose State defensive coordinator Keith Burns will be Kansas State's secondary coach, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

Though Burns was seated alongside Coach Bill Snyder at Tuesday night's basketball game, K-State officials could not confirm the hiring on Tuesday. But at least one unofficial source has weighed in — the Facebook page of Burns' son, Tanner. At one point his status read "K-State bound babe." When a friend asked for an explanation, he responded "Pops got the job at K-State."

Burns was most recently the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at San Jose State. He spent six years there until new head coach Mike MacIntyre was hired during the offseason.

Burns has more than 25 years of coaching experience, including three years as the head coach at Tulsa (2000-02), as well as stints as defensive coordinator at San Jose State, Arkansas, Southern California and Pacific. In 1998, he was one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

Tanner Burns is a safety on the San Jose State football team. He has indicated on his Facebook page that he will not follow his father to Kansas State and is staying in San Jose.