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Gophers players rally to support PJ Fleck after Jerry Kill's public criticism

Carter Coughlin got the support rolling with a tweet praising Fleck.

If P.J. Fleck is as self-absorbed as former Gophers coach Jerry Kill thinks he is, you wouldn't know it based on the reaction current Gophers football players have had. 

Kill, who resigned from coaching at the University of Minnesota in 2015, was extremely critical of Fleck during an interview on SiriusXM's "Big Ten Today," saying Fleck doesn't care about the players and is all about himself. 

Carter Coughlin, a junior linebacker from Eden Prairie, tweeted that he loves playing for Fleck and "EVERY day I see how much he cares about me and the entire team." 

Coughlin got the snowball rolling downhill as teammates Rashod Bateman, Benny Sapp, Tanner Morgan and Kamal Martin retweeted him, calling Coughlin's opinion a "fact" while one of them said Fleck is a "players coach."

Former Gophers basketball player Akeem Springs also spoke highly of the current football coach, tweeting a story of Fleck randomly approaching him in the gym after an injury ended his college career. 

Even a high school quarterback in Texas who won't graduate until 2020 and might not ever wear a Gophers uniform said he got the impression that Fleck genuinely cares about the players and the University of Minnesota. 

Fleck hasn't responded to Kill's unprompted comments other than retweeting a quote from Mother Teresa about forgiveness and kindness, which, may or may not have been in response to Kill's remarks. 

For more on Kill's criticism, click here

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