Looks like the Gophers can put Fleck-to-Tennessee rumors to rest

Fleck is annually a hot commodity when coaching jobs open up.
Publish date:
P.J. Fleck

Gopher football fans can rest easy for now as the rumors of head coach P.J. Fleck being a candidate for the Tennessee coaching vacancy have been stopped dead in their tracks with news that the Volunteers are going with Josh Heupel as their next head coach. 

Fleck was reportedly one of three candidates Tennessee was interested in. 

The Star Tribune's Chip Scoggins reported Monday that Fleck was "not interested" in leaving Minnesota for Tennessee, though Fleck also been rumored as a coaching candidate in the NFL. 

Both NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and FOX NFL Sunday's Jay Glazer reported in late December and early January, respectively, that Fleck was drawing interest from the pros. The only remaining available head coaching job in the NFL is with the Houston Texans, and Fleck has not been linked to them. 

Fleck is under contract with the Gophers through 2026. His base salary in 2021 is $4.65 million and will reach $4.9 million by 2026. 

The Gophers are 26-19 under Fleck and 15-19 in the Big Ten.  

Latest forecast from Novak Weather

Next Up

All Energy Solar Residential Installation

End 'renting' from your utility company and go solar

A solar installation is one of the few home improvements that actually pays for itself.

Byron Buxton

Twins talking contract extension with Byron Buxton

The Twins are 88-38 over the past two seasons with Buxton in the lineup.

minneapolis police

Police arrest man in connection to deadly Minneapolis hit-and-run

The victim died the scene in north Minneapolis on Friday.

Jordan Greenway

Wild's fast start vanishes in loss to Coyotes

Arizona scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-03-06 at 4.12.00 PM

Police seeking tips in search for road rage shooting suspect

The incident took place in Maplewood last week.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers lands on Wooden Award list for women's college basketball

The Hopkins grad is the only freshman on the 15-player ballot.


P.J. Fleck

P.J. Fleck agrees to 7-year contract extension with Gophers

Fleck won't be rowing his boat anywhere else just yet.

Big Ten coaches dish on the Gophers, PJ Fleck

Plenty of questions remain, but coaching peers are noticing Minnesota's growth.

Jerry Kill

Jerry Kill slams PJ Fleck in viral radio interview

Kill resigned in 2015 and Fleck was hired following the 2016 season.

PJ Fleck

Players rally to support Fleck after Kill's public criticism

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

Nick Saban, Alabama

Bowl projections have Gophers facing 'Bama, Auburn, Vols

Minnesota will learn its bowl destination on Sunday.

Bowl-bound Gophers give Fleck a contract extension

It's the second straight year the coach has received an extension.

PJ Fleck, Gophers land big-time recruit over LSU, Georgia

Rashad Cheney Jr. picked the Gophers on Saturday night.