The Minnesota football program fired Tracy Claeys early this week and they are already in hot pursuit of one of the top names on the coaching market.
Late Wednesday night, reports surfaced that the Gophers had a meeting in Chicago with PJ Fleck, who led the Western Michigan Broncos to an impressive 13-1 record — which included a MAC Championship, undefeated regular season and Cotton Bowl appearance — in 2016.
Fleck is reportedly Minnesota’s top target, but they have not yet offered the 36 year old a contract offer.
I can confirm that #Gophers AD Mark Coyle and Pres Eric Kaler did meet with PJ Fleck today in Chicago. Nothing official yet….
— Joe Schmit (@JoeSchmitKSTP) January 5, 2017
Former LSU head coach Les Miles, former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, Boise State’s Bryan Harsin and Wyoming’s Craig Bohl have also been named as potential candidates for the Gophers job.
While no official offers have been made, the swift action by Minnesota officials to meet with Fleck could indicate the university is seeking a resolution sooner rather than later. Whoever accepts the job will be taking over a problem that is currently in the midst of a sexual assault scandal which led players to temporarily boycott team related activities and threatening to skip the bowl game.
Minnesota finished its 2016 campaign with a 9-4 record.
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