Report: P.J. Fleck among 200 U of M employees to be furloughed

Fleck will take a one-week unpaid absence to help the school's budget crunch.
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Gopher football head coach P.J. Fleck told the Pioneer Press' Andy Greder that he will be one of 200 University of Minnesota employees to take a one-week furlough through the fiscal year, which ends on June 30.

According to U of M Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, Brian Burnett, the collective total of the costs will save the university roughly $1 million.

The cut off Fleck's $4.6 million salary for 2020 should help the university curb some of the budget crunch created by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has eliminated revenue from the winter and spring championship tournaments. 

As a result, other universities across the country have also made furloughs that have included members of the athletic department.

According to the Star Tribune, a Board of Regents meeting on April 7 estimated that number could grow by $75 million if the effects extend into the fall season.

Fleck is currently building off the program's 11-2 record last season by hitting the recruiting trail hard. The Gophers' 2021 recruiting class is currently ranked fifth in the nation by 247Sports.

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