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.
P.J. Fleck is well aware of the situation he has gotten into — that’s why he wanted to be the Gophers' new head football coach. Fleck was granted the position Friday morning, ushering in a new era for the team, which shortly staged and then ended a boycott over the suspension of ten players connected to an alleged sexual assault.
Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys has been fired, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. Claeys’ replacement has not yet been announced. The decision comes shortly after the team staged a two-day boycott on all football activities including the Holiday Bowl in protest of the suspension of 10 players for their connection to an alleged sexual assault. Claeys, football head coach since the middle of the 2015 season, publicly supported the boycott after players announced it Dec.
Multiple Gophers football players took to Twitter after they had learned that their former head coach Tracy Claeys had been fired.
Coyle on Claeys termination: 'We need a leader who sets high expectations athletically, academically, and socially'
Gophers head football coach Tracy Claeys was fired Tuesday after being with the program since 2010.
Timeline: A list of events that led to Gophers football suspensions, team boycott, Claeys termination
Ten Gophers football players were suspended indefinitely from all team activities by the University because of their involvement in an alleged Sept. 2 sexual assault. A timeline of the events that led to the decision and its aftermath:
After two weeks, ten suspensions, and a heated boycott started and finished, the Gophers still had a bowl game to play in. It was a light at the end of the tunnel for Minnesota – but it wasn’t all that bright.
The Gophers (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) play Washington State (8-4, 7-2 Pac-12) in the Holiday Bowl in an attempt to move on after the brief boycott earlier this month.
The University of Minnesota football team cut short their boycott Saturday morning, breaking their vow to cease all football activities until suspensions on 10 players were lifted. Head football coach Tracy Claeys could now lose his job, players plan to sue the victim-survivor who accused the 10 players of sexual assault, and the hearing process should begin in January. Claeys says could lose job Claeys said on WCCO-AM radio Sunday morning there’s “a great chance” he could lose his job, news reports say.
In his first public appearance since the football team announced the end of their boycott Saturday, Gophers football head coach Tracy Claeys dwelled on the reason behind the boycott, saying various times it was to achieve "due process" for their 10 teammates suspended over an alleged Sept.