There seemed to be one name and one name only once Tracy Claeys was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Minnesota Gophers football program — P.J. Fleck.
It appears athletic director Mark Coyle is going to get his man, as Fox 9 in Minneapolis is reporting Fleck and the Gophers have reached a tentative agreement.
FOX 9 has learned through multiple sources that PJ Fleck has a tentative agreement with #Gophers to be the next head coach. 6-yr, $21M range
— FOX 9 Sports (@Fox9Sports) January 6, 2017
Perhaps the only shocking bit of news is that it took this long for things to finally get ironed out.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is also reporting that Fleck and Minnesota are close to reaching a deal. That report also indicates that should things fall through, it appears the Gophers would turn to Les Miles.
But, a 6-year, $21 million deal seems rather lucrative for the man who likes to blaze trails and row boats. It breaks down to an average of about $3.5 million per year and it would be a significant raise from the money that was paid to Claeys over the past few years.
It would also put the Gophers in the middle of the pack in terms of coaching salaries in the Big Ten as of now.
We’ll have more on this situation as it develops in the next few hours and days.