Gopher Coach PJ Fleck says he expects to stay in Minnesota for a 'long time'

Reports suggests contract extension is close

The Chad Hartman Show
November 04, 2019 - 2:14 pm

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With the undefeated Gophers at 8-0 for the first time since 1941, Coach PJ Fleck is once again seeking to quell rumors about interest from other programs as his team prepares for a much-hyped matchup with the Nittany Lions on Saturday. 

"I'm just focused on Penn State. That's for other people to decide, but again, like I said, I expect to be here for a long time," he told News Talk 830 WCCO host Chad Hartman. 

This comes as multiple outlets are reporting that Fleck is close to agreeing to a contract extension to stay with the Gophers.

He is currently under contract through the 2023 season with an average annual salary of $3.6 million.

That's reportedly 11th among the 13 Big Ten coaches.

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The Gophers head into Saturday's game ranked 13th in the AP Top 25 with Penn State at 5th. Fleck said the team used the bye week to talk about the larger picture of how important this game could be for their season — but now they are back to following his mantra of playing a "one game season."

"I thought it was an appropriate time to really hit on the points that they're going to hear from the outside. There's been games where we've been favored by 30 points. There's been games and been favored by three. We talk about all those things but we do it earlier in the week," Fleck said.

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He continued: 

"And this was a prime example of us being able to do it in the bye week. Talk about all that. And then as of yesterday we've been talking about how we're 0-0 and have to find a way to be 1-0. And it's a one game season. It's a championship game, it's a championship season and that's how we're looking at it just like the other ones."

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