It looks like P.J. Fleck won’t be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
On Wednesday morning, the Minnesota football program announced the head coach has received a contract extension that will keep Fleck with the Golden Gophers through the 2023 season.
The deal will become official next month after final approval from the Board of Regents.
“It’s an honor to coach at the University of Minnesota and in the Big Ten,” said Fleck in a statement released by the university. “Mark Coyle and I share the same goal of building a championship culture and team at Minnesota. It’s a goal that we are working on daily together and one that we will achieve.
“I am proud of how hard our young men have worked to improve this season on living a holistic life. They have taken great strides in bettering themselves athletically, academically, socially and spiritually. I look forward to leading them and watching them grow on and off the field as we continue to move this program forward.”
Fleck has the Gophers just one game away from qualifying for a bowl game in his first season, but he would need to lead the team to a stunning victory over Wisconsin this weekend.
Minnesota currently sits with five wins on the year, the most for a debuting Gophers head coach since Murray Warmath led the program to seven games in 1954.
“When we hired Coach Fleck, I talked about his authentic energy and passion, and his dedication to building a unique team culture. This year, I have seen our students connect with his energy and embrace that culture,” said Athletics Director Mark Coyle. “From the commitment and hard work of our current students, to building a nationally ranked recruiting class that will be among the best in program history, I have seen the foundation of what Coach Fleck is building, and I’m looking forward to supporting him for years to come.”
Kickoff between Minnesota and No. 5 Wisconsin is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.