Report: B1G head coach vetted for vacancy at Tennessee
One head coach in the B1G has reportedly been vetted for vacancy at Tennessee, after an NCAA investigation into recruiting violations led to the firing of Jeremy Pruitt and other staff members.
According to FootballScoop.com, Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck has been vetted for the head coaching job on Rocky Top. It’s not unusual to see his name in the mix for a job in the SEC, considering his track record of success at Western Michigan and Minnesota.
Fleck is one of Tennessee’s top candidates according to FootballScoop, along with Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and SMU head coach Sonny Dykes. While Fleck has demonstrated the ability to build a strong culture with college football programs, there’s a serious question as to whether or not he’d actually be interested in taking over a Volunteers program that could see numerous NCAA infractions and penalties heading their direction.
After the 2016 season, Fleck was a hot commodity across the coaching world after leading Western Michigan to an undefeated regular season and making an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. He was eventually hired by Minnesota, after the school fired Tracy Claeys.
The Golden Gophers had their best season in 2019, finishing 11-2 and defeated Auburn in the Outback Bowl. In four seasons at Minnesota, Fleck is 26-19 and has guided the team to a pair of bowl appearances. The Gophers finished the 2020 season 3-4.
In eight seasons as a head coach — four at Western Michigan and four at Minnesota — Fleck’s record is 56-41 with five bowl appearances.