Wednesday, March 29, 2023

First place gives Minnesota coach PJ Fleck a new 7-year contract

MINNEAPOLIS (NWN) — Division-leading Minnesota and coach PJ Fleck on Wednesday agreed to a new seven-year contract that runs through the 2028 season.

The terms of the deal, which are pending approval by the university’s board of regents, were not immediately available. In the middle of the pack for head coaches in the 14-team Big Ten, Fleck has a base salary of $4.65 million this year.

“This is home,” Fleck said in a statement distributed by the university. “Our family loves it here and we are excited to continue this journey.”

Minnesota (6-2, 4-1) dropped to 20th place in the first edition of the college football playoff rankings this week after beating Northwestern 41-14 for a fourth consecutive win.

The Gophers are alone over Big Ten West, with Illinois taking place in the city on Saturday. Their biggest test would be the rivalry games in Iowa on November 13 and the regular season finale against Wisconsin on November 27, matchups that would determine the West title.

With a 32-21 record in school after four seasons in western Michigan, Fleck is in his fifth year in Minnesota.

“He continues to create a program that fans can be very proud of, and his student-athletes compete at high levels academically, athletically, and socially. He is a tremendous recruiter and has fueled the stature of our program. has increased by an incomparable amount,” said athletic director Mark Coyle.

Fleck, who will turn 41 on November 29, was last extended and his contract was extended in 2019. The Gophers finished 11-2 that year, placing 10th in the final Associated Press poll.


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