'We love it here. Simple as that': P.J. Fleck addresses name being tied with other jobs
When you are able to find success consistently, you’re going to find your name tied with a lot of opportunities. That was the case again this offseason for Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck.
Once the 2020 season came to a close, Fleck’s name surfaced as a potential candidate to land an NFL job, as well as a potential target for Tennessee during its coaching search in January. Obviously, Fleck is still the head coach in Minnesota despite the interest.
At the time, Fleck did not address any of the rumors, though it was reported that he had no interest in leaving his Golden Gopher program for any job. The head coach confirmed that while speaking with the media on Wednesday.
“I’m committed to the University of Minnesota….we love it here. Simple as that,” Fleck said, according to Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press. “My agent spoke for the party of us. We love coaching here. We love being here.”
#Gophers football coach PJ Fleck addressed his name mentioned for Tennessee vacancy for first time on Wednesday:
"I'm committed to the University of Minnesota. … We love it here. Simple as that. … My agent spoke for the party of us. We love coaching here. We love being here"
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) February 3, 2021
Fleck will be entering his fifth season as the head coach at Minnesota in 2021. He’s posted a career record of 26-19 with a pair of bowl trips since taking over the program in 2017.
However, it was Minnesota’s success in 2019 that launched Fleck into the national spotlight. The Gophers finished the year with an 11-2 record and had marquee wins over Penn State and Auburn in the Outback Bowl to close out the year ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Poll.
Despite the interest in Fleck on a yearly basis, it sounds like he’s comfortable leading the Gophers for at least a few more years.