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Minnesota awards Fleck new 7-year deal

Associated Press

Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck has agreed to a new seven-year contract that lasts through the 2028 season.

Terms of the deal, which is pending approval by the university's board of regents, weren't immediately available. Fleck's base salary this year is $4.65 million, in the middle of the pack for head coaches in the 14-team Big Ten.

"This is home," Fleck said in a statement distributed by the university. "Our family loves it here and we are excited to continue this journey."

Fleck is in his fifth year at Minnesota, with a 32-21 record at the school after four seasons at Western Michigan.

"He continues to build a program that fans can take great pride in, and his student-athletes compete at a high level academically, athletically and socially. He is a tremendous recruiter and has elevated the stature of our program by an immeasurable amount," athletic director Mark Coyle said.

Fleck, who will turn 41 on Nov. 29, last had his contract increased and extended in 2019. The Gophers finished 11-2 that year, ranked 10th in the final Associated Press poll.

Minnesota athletics press release

November 3, 2021




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