Coach PJ Fleck left the program at Western Michigan after raising them to their highest heights. As one of the college football coach media darlings, he decided to move on to bigger and better challenges in the Big Ten.
Taking over a team that went 9-4 last season under dismissed coach Tracy Claeys, Fleck didn’t leave Western Michigan to join a program he thinks we be just “alright.”
Speaking with USA Today, the coach appears to have incredibly high expectations for the Golden Gophers in his first season.
“I think this is the sleeping giant of college football,” Fleck said. “I really believe that. We haven’t won a championship in 50 years, but that’s the opportunity to become a legend.”
Fleck has introduced many of the techniques and practices that he used to build Western Michigan into a winner. That includes attempting to simulate high pressure situations by blasting music, squirting each other with water guns, and shaving each others head when you fail to make a play.
Notably, Fleck showed up for Big Ten media days with a freshly shaven head which he attributed to having lost a bet to his wife.
Seems like head-shaving is one of PJ Fleck’s core principals in life.
You can’t blame the coach for his enthusiasm entering the season. He enters his first season with a team that is capable of winning ball games, and he hopes to take them to their first 10-win season since they won the Sun Bowl in 2003.
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