Minnesota, P.J. Fleck agree to one-year contract extension
P.J. Fleck has received a one-year contract extension from Minnesota, according to a release. The deal ensures that Fleck will be the head coach of the Gophers through 2023.
The extension still needs approval from the Board of Trustees.
Fleck and Minnesota agreed to a five-year deal worth $18 million in January, with an annual salary starting at $3.5 million, according to the Pioneer Press. Initially, he was set to receive a pay bump of $50,000 each season through 2021-22. He will now receive that same pay raise through 2022-2023.
Minnesota is 5-6 in Fleck’s first season at the helm, needing one win to earn a bowl bid. The Gophers host undefeated Wisconsin in the final week of the regular season.
After leading Western Michigan to an undefeated season, a MAC championship and a berth in the Cotton Bowl in 2016, Fleck became one of the hottest names on the market. It didn’t appear as though he would leave Kalamazoo after the year, as several of the coaching vacancies were filled shortly after the regular season.
Minnesota fired ex-head coach Tracy Claeys following the team’s victory in the Holiday Bowl and pursued Fleck in January.
Though the Golden Gophers haven’t had the success most expected in Year 1 under Fleck, the university seems to be behind its head coach and the job he’s doing in Minneapolis.