MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — University of Minnesota leaders know who they want as the next head football coach of the Gophers — now they just need to make a deal.
It’s the name that’s been out there from the start: P.J. Fleck. Sources tell WCCO Fleck is the U’s choice, but they’re still negotiating.READ MORE: Lake Superior Zoo's Lilly The Lion Undergoes Root Canal
If they get it done, Fleck will take over a program in turmoil. University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle told coach Tracy Claeys Tuesday the school would not be renewing his contract next year.READ MORE: Kashkari: Delta Variant Could Slow Labor Market Recovery
The news came amid a controversy surrounding 10 players on the team who were recently suspended amid allegations of sexual assault. Their teammates attempted to overturn the suspension with a boycott of all football activities — including the 2016 Holiday Bowl — but backed off days later.
The Gophers went on to win the Holiday Bowl 17-12 in an upset over Washington State.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Olympians Help Boost Interest In Their Sports At Home
Fleck led the Broncos to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl just three days ago.