P.J. Fleck’s staff is coming together quickly in Minnesota.
It was reported on Tuesday afternoon that Ed Warinner would be leaving his post at Ohio State and joining Minnesota’s staff as the team’s offensive line coach. That evening, another report came out speculating that the Gophers had also found their new offensive coordinator.
Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune reported, per a source, that Western Michigan’s Kirk Ciarrocca would become the offensive coordinator on Fleck’s staff in Minneapolis:
— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) January 10, 2017
Ciarrocca has spent the past four season on Fleck’s staff at Western Michigan, serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2013, his first season in Kalamazoo, the Broncos averaged a paltry 17.2 points per game.
Over the past three seasons, the Broncos have averaged at least 33 points per contest, and ranked ninth nationally in scoring this past season with a 41.6 average.
Fleck and Ciarrocca have had an overwhelming amount of success offensively and should bring an interesting look to a Minnesota team that has been known for its defense and one-dimensional offensive approach.
The Gophers ranked fourth in the B1G in scoring this year, averaging 29.3 points per game but they’ve had trouble in the passing game for several seasons.
Ciarrocca appears to be another great addition to Fleck’s staff in Minneapolis.