1st-place Minnesota gives coach PJ Fleck new 7-year contract
MINNEAPOLIS, AP — Division-leading Minnesota and P.J. Fleck signed Wednesday a seven-year extension to his contract, which will run through the 2028 seasons.
Terms were not immediately available. The deal is still awaiting approval by the university board of regents. Fleck earns $4. 65 million, in the middle of the pack for head coaches in the 14-team Big Ten.
” This is home,” Fleck stated in a university statement. “Our family loves it here and we are excited to continue this journey.”
Minnesota (6-2, 4-1) landed at No. 20 in the first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings this week after beating Northwestern 41-14 for its fourth straight win.
The Gophers remain alone at the top of the Big Ten West. Illinois will be in town Saturday. The Gophers’ biggest test will be their rivalry games against Iowa on Nov. and the regular season finale against Wisconsin on November 27,. These will decide the West title.
Fleck is in his fifth year at Minnesota, with a 32-21 record at the school after four seasons at Western Michigan.
“He continues building a program that fans can be proud of, and his student athletes compete at a high academic, athletic, and social level. Mark Coyle, athletic director, said that he is an exceptional recruiter who has raised the profile of our program by an immeasurable number.
Fleck will turn 41 Nov. 29, was the last time his contract was increased or extended in 2019.. The Gophers finished 11-2 that year, ranked 10th in the final Associated Press poll.
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