The Minnesota football program is in it’s first season under coach P.J. Fleck. After firing Tracey Claeys at the end of last season, they entered the sweepstakes for the Western Michigan coach and successfully lured him to the Big Ten.
Now he’s taking his off brand motivational tactics to higher heights. While speaking to the press on Tuesday, he explained when he’s been placing fake geese around the Golden Gophers football complex.
Perhaps surprising to many, it has nothing to do with Fleck’s affinity for hunting.
Rather, it has to do with the way that geese structure their “flying V” formation while in flight. He wants his players to model their team after a gaggle of geese, and his reasoning makes total sense.
Minnesota was off to a great start before losing to the surprising Maryland Terrapins. Now 3-1, the Golden Gophers face a brutal conference schedule the rest of the way. Games against Michigan State, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin will provide all the challenges that Fleck and his gaggle could possibly want.
As long as his methods continue to get positive results, nobody will question them. But if he starts to lose, people won’t find the fake geese around campus quite as entertaining.