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Newly appointed Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Newly appointed Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Last Updated 9 hours ago

P.J. Fleck has tackled challenges his whole career. Now he'll take on Gophers football.

He may only be 36, but the Gophers’ new head coach brings high energy and recruiting acumen to Minnesota.

Jim Tressel maintained short but high-tempo football practices. The former Ohio State head coach wanted his team to perform at “100 miles per hour” every day. Only one of the team’s assistants in 2006 — a 25-year-old P.J. Fleck in his first coaching job — had the stamina to run alongside the players while the rest of the staff trailed behind.


Last Updated 34 minutes ago

For some regent members, Fleck coaching costs cause unease

In the next five years, new Gophers football head coach P.J. Fleck could rake in $18 million, generating concern among some University of Minnesota regents. The compensation — making Fleck the highest paid state employee — makes a few on the Board of Regents uneasy. But even some regents comfortable with the cost complain the level of authority the board has over employment contracts is unclear.


Last Updated 34 minutes ago

Turbulent month roils football program: Suspensions, boycott, protest, firings

A woman reported a sexual assault to the Minneapolis Police Department four months ago, and a storm ensued, roiling the University of Minnesota’s Athletics Department over winter break. Prior to the suspension of 10 University of Minnesota football players connected to the alleged assault, restraining orders were served and lifted, and angry reactions from Gophers players spawned a turnover in team leadership. Now, the team will kick off their 2017 season under P.J.


1/10/2017, 5:12pm

University of Minnesota Board of Regents finalists narrowed to 12

a seat on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has been narrowed to 12 after three days of interviews. The 12 finalists, which include three current regents, the CEO of General Mills, a former Gophers and Green Bay Packers football player and a Twin Cities radiologist, among others, are competing to fill four seats on the board.